Local students from Years 9 -12 have the opportunity to learn more about a career in radiation oncology at a seminar at Orange Health Service on Friday, March 21.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia, with the third highest rate of cancers in women and the second highest rate in men, according to the World Cancer Research Fund International.
Central West Cancer Service Chief Radiation Therapist, Rod Hammond said it is therefore important that there is sufficient people working or studying in the field of radiation oncology to meet the health needs of the community now and into the future.
“We are encouraging people to consider a career in this challenging and exciting area of health, in particular high school students who are thinking about what they want to do for a career,” Mr Hammond said.
The three career paths for radiation oncology include:
- Radiation oncologist – a medical doctor specialising in treating cancer patients with radiation.
- Radiation therapist – a health professional who designs, plans and provides the radiation dose to patients. They are responsible for operating the technology to deliver the prescribed treatment
- Radiation oncology medical physicist – a scientist who ensures the accuracy and safety of treatment delivery and monitors the physical aspects of the treatment course.
“The seminar is aimed at students interested in physics, biology and/or maths subjects as these are good predecessors for radiation oncology,” Mr Hammond said.
“The students will be provided with hands-on experience and an opportunity to speak with current members of the profession as well as a tour of the Orange Radiation Oncology Department, allowing them to learn more about the most recent and upcoming technology used in Radiation Oncology”.
Study requirements and career opportunities will also be discussed at the seminar.
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