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Position Statements and Publications

Position Statements - Radiology

Position Statement on the Provision of Ultrasound Guided Injections

It is The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists' (RANZCR) position that ultrasound guide injections are a medical intervention that can only be performed by a medical practitioner.

 Radiation Safety in Medical Imaging
October 2015

In December 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held the “International Conference of Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade”. The meeting included representatives from 77 countries and 16 organisations. This resulted in 10 key recommendations for action. RANZCR supports the recommendations contained in this document as key strategic priorities for the radiation safety agenda in clinical medicine.

This position paper lists the 10 key recommendations from the 2012 IAEA Bonn Call for Action document and highlights the work done by RANZCR in these areas, as well as providing professionals and policymakers with links to useful resources and point of care tools.

The Role and Value of the Clinical Radiologist
The Role and Value of the Clinical Radiologist- 3 pg version
November 2014

The purpose of the paper is to inform patients, health professionals, health administrators, the public and interested individuals about the value radiologists bring to healthcare.

Improving Workforce Distribution from the Radiology Training Program
February 2014

There is a significant distribution problem in the Australian radiologist workforce. Fourteen per cent of radiologists reside in non-metropolitan areas, as compared with 30% of Australians.

Position Statement on International Development Activities
December 2013

This statement outlines good development principles for members participating in international development activities and provides guidelines for evaluating the merit of allocating College resources to these activities.

Position Statement on the Provision of  Medical Ultrasound Services    
June 2013

This statement is intended to assist The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, its staff, Fellows, members and other individuals by defining the difference between specialist diagnostic ultrasound and point of care ultrasound.    

Quality Framework for Diagnostic Imaging 
October 2012

The College and ADIA have developed proposals to address the priority issues for the implementation of the Diagnostic Imaging Review Reform Package.

Position Statement on the Use of Sedation and Anaesthesia in Paediatric Imaging 
August 2012

This position statement is designed to provide radiologists and radiological practices involved in paediatric imaging with a range of guidelines and resources in order to better understand the use of sedation and anaesthesia within the paediatric population.

Advertising of Medical Imaging Services - March 2012

This document aims to provide both individuals and medical imaging practices with a list of principles supported by the College regarding any advertising of medical imaging services.

College Position Statement on Computed Tomography and Radiation Risk
Aug 2010 - reaffirmed Nov 2013

 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists actively supports efforts to reduce  exposure of patients to unnecessary radiation during medical imaging examinations.

 The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation: NZ Position - Thermography as a breast cancer screening or diagnostic tool June 2010

 The National Screening Unit (NSU), the Cancer Society of New Zealand, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and The New Zealand Branch of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) do not support the use of thermography as a breast cancer screening or diagnostic tool as there is insufficient evidence to do so.

 Position Statement on International Teleradiology
March 2007 (Under review)

 The College believes that the establishment of a robust foundation and framework of quality and safety principles is essential as a first step in assisting with the development of standards in relation to the expanding use of International Clinical Teleradiology.

 Appropriate Use of Diagnostic Ultrasound Equipment and Non-Medical/Entertainment Ultrasound
August 2005 (under review)

 The use of diagnostic medical ultrasound equipment requires regulation such that its use is solely for the purpose of medical diagnosis and not for the provision of entertainment for parents and other individuals.

 Position on Teleradiology
November 2001 (scheduled for review)

Teleradiology can be defined as the electronic transmission of radiological images in digital form from one location to another using a data communication link provided by a third party carrier.

 

 Position Statements - Radiation Oncology

Position Paper on Particle Therapy
October 2015

 

This document aims to inform cancer professionals, health professionals, health administrators, consumers and interested individuals about the current status of particle therapy internationally, the evidence for their use and the target population. The document proposes a Faculty endorsed process for assessing Australian and New Zealand patients for referral overseas for particle therapy.

Position Paper on Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) 2015
October 2015

The technology and techniques for the delivery of radiation therapy have rapidly progressed in the last two decades to improve its precision and effectiveness. This has included the use of IGRT to increase the agreement between the planned treatment and the actual dose delivered to the patient. This paper seeks to broadly outline the role of IGRT and to endorse position papers published internationally surrounding activities required for the safe and effective use of IGRT.

Imaging in Radiation Oncology - a RANZCR Consensus White Paper
August 2014

Imaging plays a central role in the quality management of cancer from diagnosis to post treatment response assessment and subsequent follow up. The purpose of this paper is to identify and document appropriate imaging in the radiotherapeutic management of patients with cancer based on evidence from published literature and expert consensus.

2014 Position Paper on Breast Cancer and Late Effects following Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma
August 2014

The Faculty first published its Position Paper on the important matter of breast cancer and late effects following Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2010, and recently updated it with latest available evidence. This paper summarises current knowledge on two of the most important late effects in patients who have had supra-diaphragmatic radiation therapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma and describes clinical care and national strategies for both routine and lost to follow-up patients.

Faculty of Radiation Oncology Position Paper on Techniques and Technologies in Radiation Oncology -   2013  Horizon Scan

The aim of the paper is to inform cancer professionals, health professionals, health administrators, consumers and interested individuals about the techniques used for safe delivery of high quality radiotherapy.           

Faculty of Radiation Oncology Position Paper on local radiation oncology Fellowship positions
May 2011

The College views the development of sustainable fellowship programs within Australia and New Zealand as a key priority in achieving our vision of an innovative, world class radiation oncology specialty for Australia and New Zealand.

 

Position Statements - General

Position Statement on International Development Activities
December 2013

The purpose of this document is to outline good development practice guidelines which College members can refer to when participating in or contributing to overseas medical work and international development activities in radiology and/or radiation oncology

 Protection for College Activities and Information
July 2011

 From time to time the College may receive information requests or subpoenas requiring the production of certain information. Some protections are available for College information from legal or other investigations.

 

Publications - Workforce

2014 Activities Report

This report of College activities serves to provide information on the clinical radiology and radiation oncology workforces, including information regarding training programs and examinations, and the demographics and distribution of members.

 Medical Colleges and Competition Law discussion paper  - March 2013

 The RANZCR has developed a discussion paper which investigates the role of medicla colleges in registrar training.

2012 Radiology Workforce Reports - National
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report - Australia 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report - New Zealand
 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report - Trainees 
Radiologist distribution in Australia

Radiation Oncology Reports
Projecting the Radiation Oncology Workforce: 2013 Update
Radiation Oncology - 2013 New Zealand workforce projections
Faculty of Radiation Oncology 2010 Workforce Survey 

Radiology Workforce Reports - State
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report Australian Capital Territory 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report South Australia/Northern Territory 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report Tasmania 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report Western Australia 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report Queensland 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report Victoria 
2012 Radiology Workforce Census Report New South Wales