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Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice released today

Friday 08, Nov 2019

Dear Stakeholder,

In celebrating World Radiography Day, the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board has released new Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice (the professional capabilities).

The new professional capabilities recognise the various roles that a practitioner carries out including the professional, the partner in care, the communicator and collaborator, the educator, and the radiation safety expert.

The professional capabilities outline professional behaviours all medical radiation practitioners should demonstrate to ensure that the medical radiation practice workforce is ready for, and adaptable to, technological change while continuing to deliver safe contemporary practice.

They apply to all medical radiation practitioners working across all practice settings including research, education, management and other roles not involving direct clinical care.

The new professional capabilities build upon the previous version by:

  • Strengthening the requirements for recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient.
  • Obliging practitioners to alert other health practitioners involved in the care of a patient when urgent or unexpected findings are identified.
  • Introducing new minimum capabilities for ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Improving practitioner capabilities when using scheduled medicines.
  • Making cultural safety a key component of safe healthcare particularly with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

The Board asks that practitioners:

  • read through the new Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice and
  • identify any areas where you may not meet the minimum requirements, and
  • establish a plan for professional development that addresses those gaps


When will they take effect?

The revised Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice come into effect from 1 March 2020.

They are being released now to allow the profession to become familiar with the new requirements before they take effect.

How you can help

We are seeking your help to share and promote the professional capabilities to practitioners and other stakeholders.

Resources for medical radiation practitioners

Several resources have been developed to help medical radiation practitioners and stakeholders understand the revised professional capabilities, including:

Media release        

Updated web information that provides

  • Fact sheet for clinical supervisors.
  • Fact sheet for education providers.
  • Frequently asked questions.
  • Policy: Communicating for safety – if urgent or unexpected findings are seen.
  • The Professional capabilities document.


Sharing this information

We encourage you to share this information through your website, online platform or in your publications.

To reach as many people as possible, we are also hoping to further raise awareness on social media. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and remember to use the hashtag #MRPBA201 and tag @AHPRA to be part of the conversation.


Kind regards

Mark Marcenko

Chair, Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia

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