A collaborative approach to developing an advanced practice curriculum in adaptive radiation therapy

Kristie Matthews, Caroline Wright, John Atyeo, Nigel James Anderson

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The implementation of adaptive radiation therapy (ART) technologies is changing the paradigm of treatment delivery, whereby it is possible to modify the intended radiation therapy plan to best suit the patient anatomy of the day.1 It is essential that the radiation therapist has the advanced skills, knowledge and aptitude to be an active and safe contributor to ART treatment delivery, where responsibility for timely and accurate clinical decision making and daily plan approval adds complexity to usual procedures.2 A flexible and responsive advanced education program is required to enable the radiation therapist to lead ART procedures, in the context of continually evolving ART technology and practice applications.

Subsequently, a collaboration was established between Monash University, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in late 2020 to develop and implement an advanced practice curriculum for ART. The key objectives of the collaboration were to:
Identify the advanced capabilities required of an ART-radiation therapist beyond current practice expectations.
Map content delivery and assessment strategies to allow demonstration of the advanced capabilities.
Establish a postgraduate course pathway and flexible clinical training framework to enable achievement of the advanced capabilities.
The Master of Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice ART pathway was implemented in March 2022. The curriculum was designed to meet the needs of academic and inter-professional clinical stakeholders and includes advanced learning content and a clinical school. This outcome demonstrates that sustained active collaboration between universities and clinical centres can enable a proactive educative response to new technology implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2023
EventAnnual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy 2023 - International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 27 Apr 202330 Apr 2023
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmrs.664 (Oral Abstracts)
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmrs.665 (Poster Abstracts)
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmrs.666 (Author Index)


  • radiation therapy

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