SW Cancer Services

Radiation Oncology Team

Radiation Oncologist – a doctor who has specialised in radiotherapy. A radiation oncologist will have a medical qualification (e.g. MBBS) after which he/she will have undertaken speciality training in radiotherapy for several years. This speciality training will be recognised by a College such as the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists and the radiotherapist will be a fellow of the College (FRANZCR) or its overseas equivalent. Find a Radiation Oncologist.

Radiation Therapist – an allied health professional who works in the field of radiation oncology, who has completed a degree accredited by the Australian institute of Radiography, or overseas equivalent. Radiation therapists are highly trained and skilled health professionals who work with your radiation oncologist to coordinate and design your treatment plan and deliver your treatment.

Radiation Oncology Nurse – a nurse who has chosen to specialise in the delivery of nursing care to patients undergoing radiotherapy. Radiation Oncology Nurses are skilled in all aspects of patient care before, during and after the patient receives radiotherapy.

PCA/PSA – a Patient Care Assistant is a person who is employed to provide support services in a hospital. Under the direction and supervision of nurses and patient support services managers they may assist nursing staff with some aspects of patient care such as showering, personal care and changing beds. They also assist in patient movement and transport to appointments and procedures within the hospital. In some cases a PCA has completed Certificate 3 training. A Patient Service Assistant (PSA) undertakes a wide range of duties including meal delivery, cleaning, patient transport within the hospital.

Ward Clerk – a person who undertakes clerical and administrative duties in a hospital.

Other Health Professionals – A range of other Health Professionals may be involved in your care depending upon your illness, needs or situation. A list and description of each is provided here.