Nuclear Medicine as a Career

What does a nuclear medicine technologist do?

Nuclear medicine technologists (also sometimes called Nuclear medicine scientists) are specialised health professionals. They work within the health care team and their primary role is to design and implement the most appropriate nuclear medicine procedure for patients referred to their centre for examination.

The role of the nuclear medicine technologist is diverse and includes :

  • The education, assessment and care of patients undergoing examination
  • Preparation, dispensing and administration of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Image and data acquisition and analysis using sophisticated radiation detection equipment and workstations
  • Equipment, radiopharmacy and departmental quality assurance procedures and processes
  • Radiation safety and occupational health and safety
  • Clinical teaching to student practitioners
  • Research and professional development

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Click here for a profile of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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How to become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

University programs are offered by RMIT, University of Newcastle, University of South Australia, and Charles Sturt University.  For information about scholarships worth $10,000 to study Nuclear Medicine at RMIT, click here.

Graduates from some programs must complete a period of supervised practice. Click here for the 2014-15 Victorian internship program brochure.  Email secretary@vsnmt.com for more information.

What kind of wage can I expect?

Below is information about wages in the public sector in Victoria and NSW.

Click here for the Australian Fair Work Commission

Click here for the relevant award

Click here for the Victorian Public Health Sector (Health Professionals, Health and Allied Services, Managers and Administrative Officers) Enterprise Agreement 2011-2015

Click here for the latest Victorian public health sector salary circular 2011 - 2015

Click here for the NSW Health Employees' Medical Radiation Scientists (State) Award 2014 

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