Assessment of Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy and Ultrasound Qualifications gained outside Australia
Please note: All applications are assessed on an individual basis with due diligence.
The following information outlines the process involved in the assessment for the recognition of qualifications gained outside Australia in the above disciplines. Those who wish to have their qualifications assessed for accreditation by the Overseas Qualification Assessment Panel (OQAP) of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) should read this.
Since 1992, ASMIRT is gazetted to Australian Government through the AEI-International Education Network via the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) as the assessing authority for Diagnostic Radiographers/Medical Imaging Technologists, Radiation Therapists and Sonographers.
Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy qualifications gained outside Australia are not immediately accepted and recognised in Australia for the issue of an ASMIRT Validated Statement of Accreditation which is required for migration under the skilled migration program and for State registration/licensing in Australia to enable employment.
Ultrasound qualifications gained outside Australia are not immediately accepted as equivalent to the Australian standard either and must go through the assessment process. The ASMIRT undertakes these assessments on behalf of the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).
The ASMIRT OQAP undertakes all assessments on behalf of the Society. The Panel comprises practitioners from each discipline and Medical Radiation Science educationalists.
What are my qualifications assessed against?
Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
Your application and qualifications will be assessed against the Australian standard at the time of qualification. The Assessment Panel bases the assessment on equivalence with the Australian standard at the time of your qualification. Your post qualification experience and postgraduate education will also be taken into consideration. Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) should be forwarded with your application. The Assessment Panel requires that the post qualification experience should be equivalent to an average Australian Diagnostic Radiographer/Medical Imaging Technologist or Radiation Therapist who qualified at the same time. You must demonstrate at least two or more years in the last 5 years of good clinical experience. The minimum standard that your application would be expected to achieve is the ASMIRT's Professional Practice Standards (PPS) for the Accredited Practitioner. Diagnostic Radiographers/Medical Imaging Technologists should have some experience of basic CT scanning. Radiation Therapists should demonstrate understanding of both treatment planning and delivery.
The assessment is based on guidelines from the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
Your qualification will be compared to a qualification in either Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy. In Australia the disciplines are quite different entities and you can only qualify in one discipline. The following is a guide as to the Australian academic standard your qualification will be compared to:
Up to 1972 (Certificate) - 3-4 years of part-time study with on-the-job training
1973-1985 (Associate Diploma) - 3 years equivalent fulltime study
1986-1994 (Diploma) - 3 years of fulltime study
1995 onwards (all qualifications after 1995 require a Bachelor degree as a minimum) - 3 years of fulltime study and a Supervised Practice Program (SPP) year of mentored clinical entrance into the profession. The Statement of Accreditation is issued to Australian graduates on the completion of their SPP.
Your application and qualifications will be assessed against the Australian standard at the time of qualification. The Assessment Panel bases the assessment on equivalence with the Australian standard at the time of your qualification. This equivalence is the minimum qualification criteria as set by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).
The assessment is based on guidelines from the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWRm).
Ultrasound qualifications will only be considered at a postgraduate level with an appropriate undergraduate qualification in an associated Health Science - Radiography, Biomedical Science and Nursing etc. in short a course that has anatomy and related subjects in it.
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How do I apply for an assessment, and what is the cost of the assessment?
Please refer to the how-to-apply page via the following link.
What will be the outcome of an assessment?
The outcome of the assessment will be one of three decisions:
(1) Unconditional Recognition
Qualifications gained outside Australia will be recognised as equivalent to the Australian standard at the time of qualification and the post qualification experience is also of an acceptable standard. A Validated Statement of Accreditation will be granted and a letter for use in the immigration process issued. In the case of Medical Ultrasound a Certificate of Recognition in Ultrasound will be granted and a letter for use in the immigration process issued.
(2) Conditional Rejection
Applicant will be recommended by the Assessment Panel to:
Provide further documentation to support application.
Undertake further clinical experience and then provide evidence.
After the Assessment Panel receives the required documentation they will further examine the application. An applicant has three years from notification of rejection to obtain the requested information and re-apply without incurring further expense.
Qualifications gained outside Australia that do not meet the Australian standard at the time of qualification. It may be recommended the applicant needs to upgrade qualifications by successfully completing an ASMIRT accredited Radiation Science program at an Australian University. Again the applicant will have three years from the date of the rejection letter to achieve this.
In the case of either a conditional rejection or rejection the applicant has the right of appeal about the decision, findings and recommendations to the ASMIRT Board. The decision of the Board in these matters is final. If the appeal is upheld the applicant can still continue with the requested recommendation of the Assessment Panel and at the completion of the recommendation the applicant can present the new information for further consideration.
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