Concerns for medical radiation programs in Australian universities

Paul Lombardo

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The Australian higher education system is in a state of great change. The Federal education minister, Dr Brendan Nelson, has indicated that he intends to continue introducing far-reaching reforms that will impact significantly on how universities conduct teaching and research. The future allocation of government funding for university programs, including those in medical radiation, will have a significant effect on how those programs are delivered and could even determine whether programs remain viable. There will be a financial imperative for academic departments to strengthen research activity and to obtain funding from non-government sources, such as full-fee paying students, in order to generate enough income to cover program delivery. Medical radiation education in Australia is also facing many other challenges. Some of these are longstanding, such as the high cost of medical radiation program delivery, poor levels of research activity and difficulty in recruiting and retaining academic staff. Other problems have arisen recently, such as increased competition for students and a critical shortage of available training placements in clinical practice. The aim of this paper is to raise and explore these issues from a university perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-338
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Medical imaging
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiography
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • University

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