Written by experts in their fields, The Master of Radiation Therapy is designed to facilitate entry into the exciting field and profession of radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is one of the most sophisticated tools of modern medicine and plays a major role in the treatment of cancer. It is a scientific and clinical profession dedicated to the management of patients with benign and malignant diseases using ionizing radiation. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment modalities including surgery and/or chemotherapy.
The Master of Medical Radiations in Radiation Therapy (MMRRT) is a 72-credit point coursework degree. The aim of the course is to prepare suitably qualified graduates to assume practice as an accredited radiation therapist able to work in private and public radiation oncology departments locally, nationally and internationally.
The MMRRT is a two year, full time course. The course comprises three semesters per year (including two summer semesters) and it is the only accelerated program offered by distance learning in Australia. It is an intensive program that provides students seeking a higher level degree, enhanced curriculum informed by both evidence and contemporary practice.
Continuous clinical attachments are a key feature of the MMRRT and the clinical hours within this course, are greater than those within other entry to practice Radiation Therapy courses. Clinical placements are in large teaching hospitals and private practices to ensure students gain the best opportunities. In addition placements are available in rural settings and interstate.
How to apply for this course
- Victorian Students: Applications close 1 December 2013
- Interstate Students: Applications close 1 March 2014
All applicants must complete:
- An online application
- Master of Medical Radiations Supplementary Information Form
- Radiation Therapy Clinical Site Visit List 2014
- Selection interview
Victorian applicants: interviews will be held on the 15 and 16 Janaury 2014 (must be attended in person)
Interstate applicants: interviews will be held at the intersate clinical centres (see below)
For details of admission requirements please visit the Course Finder
For details of the course structure please see the Postgraduate Handbook.
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available in this course please see Course Finder for current fee information.
Students offered a place in the MMRRT must also complete the following requirements and details will be provided in your enrolment information pack or during orientation
Police record check
Criminal records checks ('police checks') are required for students undertaking clinical placements. Students are required to obtain and pay for a police check on an annual basis, prior to undertaking their first clinical placement.
Working with children checks
Working with children checks are also required for students undertaking clinical placements. Students are required to obtain and pay for a working with children check prior to undertaking their first clinical placement.
Not required for students in ACT and Tasmania.
Level 1 First Aid Certificate
All students must provide evidence of completion of a Level 1 First Aid course prior to undertaking their first clinical placement.
Immunisation and Vaccinations
Students need to comply with confidential tests for immune status (including blood tests and skin tests) and receive vaccines where the evidence indicates these are appropriate and there are not specific contra-indications in individual cases.
The faculty recommends that all students accept responsibility for having up-to-date immunisations before commencing their course. Immunisations recommended include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and hepatitis B.
Pospective students should note that upon enrolment, students are provided with detailed written information and, as appropriate, counselling about the effect that HIV or hepatitis B infection may have on the ability of health care workers to practise their profession. Additionally, arrangements will be made by the faculty for students to have a personal consultation early in the first semester of their course, with a medical practitioner. At this time, a check for each student's immunity to diseases may be conducted and students may be offered advice and counselling about infectious diseases and their personal health.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Credit may be granted on the basis of prior learning. Credit can be granted for no more than 50% of the total course credits. More information can be obtained from the course administrator via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst on clinical placements students will be required to wear a uniform comprising:
- Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences chambray shirt
- Navy blue / black trousers or skirt
- Closed toe navy blue / black shoes
- Student ID
Whilst on clinical placement, all students enrolled in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science must wear a personal radiation monitor issued by Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). This device is issued at no cost to the student, however students must pay for a replacement if their monitor is damaged or lost.
A prescribed list of books for each unit will be provided and students are encouraged to purchase these as they are referred to throughout the course. Books will be available for purchase from the Monash bookshop from first semester. Limited copies of these books are available for loan from the Monash Libraries.
Transport and accommodation
If not covered by the clinical centre, students must pay all transport costs (e.g. public transport, petrol, parking etc) associated with clinical placements in year 1 and 2 of course. Students must also pay for accommodation costs incurred in association with clinical placements in year 2.
If you are applying for this course and live in Western Australia, Queensland or Tasmania, contact the relevant state contact listed below for more information about the course or to organise a site visit.
Claire Herbert (Monday and Wednesday)
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Phone: (08) 9346 4916
Michelle Judson (Monday, Tuesday and Friday)
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Phone (08) 9346 4916
Education Officer, Perth Radiation Oncology
24 Salvado Road
WEMBLEY WA 6014
Phone: (08) 9381 5655 or (08) 9381 2399 - Education Office
The East Coast Cancer Centre
Phone: (07) 5598 0377
Premion Cancer Care
Premion Cancer Care
The Townsville Cancer Centre
Phone: (07) 4796 3702
Holman Clinic Royal Hobart Hospital
Phone: (03) 6222 8616
Holman Clinic Launceston General Hospital
Phone (03) 6348 7166
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