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Why Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncology is an intellectually challenging and exciting career at the cutting edge of patient care, technology and research.

It gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of cancer patients while working with a fascinating, technologically advanced, constantly evolving form of treatment.

To become a radiation oncologist, you must complete the training program administered by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). The program is designed as a five-year training program and gives you broad experience across the full variety of skills that radiation oncologists need to be familiar with.

The Northern NSW Radiation Oncology Training Network

The Northern NSW Radiation Oncology Training Network is a collaboration of six teaching facilities spanning Central and Western Sydney and the Central and North Coasts of NSW.

There are currently eight accredited training sites within the Northern NSW Network:

Westmead and Blacktown hospitals

The Western Sydney Radiation Oncology Network is a collaboration of treatment facilities across Western Sydney aimed at sharing clinical and research expertise and is affiliated with both The University of Sydney and Western Sydney University.

Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals, serve a large area across western Sydney, which is home to a culturally diverse population of more than two million people. It is unique in its ability to provide comprehensive cancer care to both adult and paediatric patients. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) is situated next to Westmead (Adult) Hospital. Children requiring radiotherapy are referred to from CHW to Westmead Hospital for treatment.

We have six accredited registrar training positions, a number of unaccredited positions, postgraduate fellows and fifteen consultants. We have robust SBRT/SRS programmes for brain, bone and liver pathologies. There are five linear accelerators across the network (including the stereotactic unit), a dedicated operating theatre and brachytherapy unit and an orthovoltage unit at Westmead. Western Sydney Radiation Oncology Network prides itself on its coordinated multidisciplinary teams across all cancer sites, providing gold standard cancer care to patients. Westmead is also in the process of installing an MRI simulator. We have an excellent education program and support our registrars in their learning and training. There is an active research program spanning technical, clinical and basic laboratory sciences, collaborating internally within the WSLHD, universities, TROG and other collaborative study groups, as well as the Westmead Institute of Medical Research.

For more information visit the Sydney West Cancer Network website.

 

Nepean Hospital

Nepean Hospital Radiation Oncology is in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. It resides within a comprehensive free standing cancer centre, established in 1998 and serves the population of Penrith, Blue Mountains, Richmond, Windsor and surrounding districts.

Nepean Radiation Oncology has 3 accredited trainee positions and 1 unaccredited registrar, with 5 full time consultants. The Nepean Radiation Oncology training program for accredited registrars has been in operation for over 20 years (previously operated as one unit with Westmead Hospital for trainees). The program has been regularly reviewed to keep up with College requirements and focuses on the needs of our trainees, based on their valuable feedback. The centre has successfully trained many Radiation Oncologists who are part of our broader Radiation Oncology community.

The department has 3 Linear accelerators, CT simulator and an Orthovoltage unit. Nepean has established IGRT and IMRT programs for all subsites with additional SBRT (lung, bone, adrenal, liver) and SRS capabilities.

Nepean Cancer Care Centre has long standing established MDTs across all subsites, providing the highest standard of care for all patients.

Nepean Hospital is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment with phase 1 near completion, and phase 2 due to start. The new Cancer and Wellness Centre will be part of phase 2 development, completed by 2025.

For more information visit the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District website.

 

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Chris O'Brien Lifehouse)

The Department of Radiation Oncology is an important component of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a comprehensive cancer centre offering a complete range of oncological services. We are situated in Camperdown, opposite Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, and adjacent to the University of Sydney.

We care for local, state-wide, national and international patients, treating a wide range of cancers. We are one of the few sarcoma specialist centres in NSW for both bone and soft tissue tumours. We work alongside the Sydney Local Health District and under the auspices of RPAH and have an integral role as a teaching facility for the University of Sydney. Lifehouse has a major clinical trials unit and is part of the NSW Early Phase Clinical Trials Alliance.

We have six registrars (including five accredited RANZCR training positions), up to two post-graduate fellows, and nine staff specialists. We have five linear accelerators, and dedicated SRS, superficial/orthovoltage, and brachytherapy (gynae) units. Lifehouse has a very well-established cranial SRS program, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) capabilities (lung, liver, bone, upper abdominal) and also administers a handful of total body irradiation treatments each year. We play an active role in MDTs across all tumour subsites within the Lifehouse, RPA, and Concord Hospital networks. Regular teaching opportunities for trainees include weekly consultant-led combined oncology tutorials covering all subsites, weekly journal club, planning tutorials, and routine pre-exam preparation.

For more information visit the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse website.

 

Royal North Shore Hospital

The Department of Radiation Oncology at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) services the North of Sydney and manages the full spectrum of malignant diseases.

We have twelve staff specialists who work in a multidisciplinary environment and are committed to providing high quality teaching and a broad clinical exposure. Currently we have 5 accredited registrars, an unaccredited Radiation Oncology registrar, a ward JMO, a Career Medical Officer and a combination of PhD students and fellows.

The unit at RNSH has taken a lead role in incorporating and evaluation advanced radiotherapy techniques combined with a strong research program including in house statistician support. We have three linear accelerators and a superficial unit in operation together with an active brachytherapy, stereotactic, online adaptive and simless program.

Approximately 1300 new referrals a year are seen within the Department and associated outlying regional clinics. The department prides itself on an active training program in medical physics and clinical oncology, and enjoys a close working relationship with the Palliative Care, Medical Oncology and Surgical Units in the area.

Teaching opportunities include weekly combined oncology teaching, planning tutorials, viva practice and Phase 1 teaching sessions. RNSH has achieved great success in candidates passing their RANZCR examinations, producing high quality research and becoming valued members of the Radiation Oncology Community.

For more information visit the Northern Sydney Local Health District website.

 

Calvary Mater Newcastle (CMN) Hospital

Calvary Mater Newcastle (CMN) is located 1½ hours north of Sydney in the city of Newcastle.

CMN is the Hunter region’s major centre for oncology services including radiation oncology, medical oncology, haematology, breast screen, melanoma and palliative care. The onsite radiology department has both an MRI and PET scanner. The campus is home to the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG) and the Newcastle Melanoma Unit.

We are one of the largest single site departments in NSW and provide specialised cancer services to a large geographical area. The department sees over 1500 new patient consultations each year with 1800 radiation therapy courses. Although a busy hospital this setting provides excellent specialist training with exposure to a vast range of clinical cases with great supervision and teaching.

CMN Radiation Oncology department has a strong commitment to teaching with support for registrars to attend College teaching days as well as an excellent in-house teaching program.

The department is staffed by 10 radiation oncologists, 6 registrars and a resident. It is equipped with 5 Varian Linear Accelerators, an orthovoltage unit, Nucletron HDR Brachytherapy Unit, as well as a CT and MRI simulator. Stereotactic radiotherapy is being used for lung, brain and extracranial sites. Rapid Arc and respiratory gating are both available. There is generous support provided for trainees to attend both local and international educational meetings.

In accordance with the Fair Work legislation, CMN changed from the NSW Public Health system’s awards to Federal Enterprise Agreements (i.e. The Named NSW (Non-Declared) AH Medical Officers Agreement).

For more information visit the Calvary Mater Newcastle website.

 

Mid North Coast Cancer Institute (MNCCI) - Lismore Base Hospital  l  Coffs Harbour Health Campus  l  Port Macquarie Base Hospital

The North Coast Cancer Institute (NCCI) is made up of three world-class public academic cancer treatment centres. They are situated in Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie and co-located various NSW Medical Schools. All centres encompass Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Breast Screen, Haematology and Palliative Care services. There are three consultants at Lismore, three at Coffs Harbour, and four at Port Macquarie. Coffs Harbour has two accredited training positions, while both Port Macquarie and Lismore have three accredited positions. All centres meet via video- conferenced meetings, teaching and Radiation Oncology clinical audit each week. Trainees are also encouraged to participate in the Network Registrar teaching program.

NCCI is an integrated paperless department utilising the Mosaiq Electronic Medical Record. Each site is equipped with 2 linear accelerators, 1 CT-simulator and a superficial machine. With state-of-the-art equipment and routine use of technologies such as VMAT, SBRT and IMRT, the NCCI provides a solid foundation for a career in Radiation Oncology. We routinely perform MRI + PET fusion at each site. An on-site PET service is situated in Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. All subspecialties, except for brachytherapy and Paediatric radiotherapy, are accounted for at each of the three sites.

Great opportunities exist for registrars to take advantage of training in these excellent centres. There is generous support to attend national and international conferences, workshops, and teaching weekends. NCCI provides many opportunities for research, with registrars routinely meeting their research requirements for training and being sponsored for and presenting at prestigious meetings such as the RANZCR annual meeting, ASTRO and ESTRO.

For more information visit the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute website and the Lismore Base Hospital website.

 

Southern NSW/ACT Radiation Oncology Training Network

The Southern NSW/ACT Training Network also offers a structured 5 year training program in order for trainees to become accredited as a RANZCR qualified Radiation Oncologist.

The two NSW Networks work closely together, and have a Combined Network Teaching Program which delivers Network teaching days on a monthly basis.

 

 

Our education program

The Northern NSW Training Network strives to set high standards in registrar education and training with a commitment to providing high quality teaching and learning environment by cross-facility networking.

Learning is facilitated by both didactic and interactive tutorials provided by recognised experts in the respective fields.

Trainees will be directly employed by one of the eight 'home' hospitals, where the trainee will be located for the majority of their working/training time of 5 years. RANZCR mandated 12-month training rotations allow our trainees to gain access to multiple radiation oncology facilities that offer exposure to a variety of training environments and approaches to cancer management. All Northern NSW Network trainees are required to complete a minimum of 6 months training at a regional centre within the Network (e.g. Lismore, Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie hospitals).

Why train with us?

The Northern NSW Training Network is comprised of eight training sites and is one of the largest in Australia. We offer a unique mix of metropolitan and rural training settings, all of which provide comprehensive, high quality local and Network teaching.

RO registrar Recruitment Information Session

Are you interested in applying for a RO Advanced Trainee position with the Northern NSW Training Network for the 2025 clinical year?

We invite you to come to our Recruitment Information Session from 4-5pm on Tuesday 25 June. To register, visit our Eventbrite page.

2025 clinical year recruitment campaign

Advertising for the annual Junior Medical Officer (JMO) recruitment campaign is coordinated by the NSW Ministry of Health on behalf of the health facilities across the state.

Radiation Oncology Advanced Trainee positions for the 2025 clinical year will be advertised from 16 July to 6 August 2024. Northern NSW Training Network interviews will be held on Wednesday 21 August.

Please see Campaign dates – 2025 Clinical Year for more information.

The 2025 clinical year commences on 3 February 2025 and concludes on 1 February 2026.

For more information

To find out more about our training Network, you are welcome to contact Kylie Withnell (Education Support Officer, Radiation Oncology) at [email protected]

To find out more about Radiation Oncology as a career, visit the Targeting Cancer website.

To find out more about the Radiation Oncology training program, visit the RANZCR website.

 

 

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