X-ray Operator Introductory course
The X-ray Operator Introductory course is designed to introduce current staff members to limited scope radiography.
The course includes a weekly 4 - 8 hour videoconference for six weeks to cover the theory components and a three day practical workshop once all theory components have been completed. When the operator has successfully completed the course and received their licence from Radiation Health, they will be able to offer their local facility/community a limited x-ray service.
This introductory course is open to all Queensland Health employees (non-clinical applicants will need Executive approval to be considered for the course).
To be eligible for admission to the course the applicant must demonstrate they meet the course prerequisites:
- relevant mandatory training completed
- basic skills in IT, communication, literacy and numeracy, patient care
- basic level of physical mobility
- general employability skills e.g. self-awareness, initiative, time management, flexibility, teamwork, independence.
The applicant must also:
- work in rural or remote health facility within Queensland
- work at an XO-only facility or facility with 1-2 radiographers requiring additional support
- have the support from the local Radiographer Advisor (RA) – they will need to complete a supervision agreement which is included in the application package
- have Executive support if the applicant is in a non-clinical stream e.g. Administration or Operational stream
- have Facility Management support for the application.
This workshop is coordinated by the Allied Health Education and Training team.
Radiographers based at the Cunningham Centre will deliver the training and conduct assessment processes.
The theory component is delivered via videoconference (VC) over a period of six weeks, each session running from 4 - 8 hours. To complete all study and assessment tasks 8 - 12 hours per week of offline time is needed. The practical workshop is delivered face-to-face over three days. The practical workshop will run concurrent sessions focusing on a variety of clinical, practical and theoretical areas pertaining to limited licence radiography, with the format including small group tutorials, theory presentations and the opportunity to perform radiographic examinations whilst supervised by a radiographer.
At the conclusion of the third day, all participants applications for their Radiation Use licence will be reviewed and a Statement of Attainment issued to accompany the licence application. This is mandatory to meet the Queensland regulatory licensing requirements.
The pre-course activities include the completion of:
- patient ID and procedure matching mandatory training
- pre-reading as defined in the study guide (which is provided upon acceptance into the course)
- local facility guide (from your RA)
- basic radiographic anatomy quiz.
The six week theory component includes the completion of:
- all videoconference sessions require mandatory attendance
- principles of radiographic imaging quiz
- radiation protection quiz
- equipment and artefacts quiz
- practical activity assignment
- local facility assignment
- imaging processing and informatics checklist
- examination log (minimum of 10 examinations)
- upper limb quiz
- lower limb quiz
- chest quiz.
Participation is observed during all workshop sessions with assessment results based on performance during the workshop, review of radiographic examinations (via PACS or other electronic medium) and feedback from the participant’s local Radiographic Advisor.
|Prices as at 1 January 2019||Per participant|
|Tier 1 | Payment by Queensland Health work unit||$1,950|
|Tier 3 | Payment by external participant or private organisation ^||$2,365|
^ Tier 3 includes GST.
Additional costs to be factored in:
- offline time for the XO to complete learning and assessment tasks (approximately 8-12 hours per week, plus 3 day practical workshop)
- costs for the practical workshop
- ongoing supervision, training and assessment costs | Guideline QH-GDL-363:2015
- videoconference (VC) capability for the X-ray room
- RA support – a fee for service arrangement may need to be negotiated with the RA’s facility
- annual use licence fees and dosimeter fees | Policy QH-POL-209
Please refer to our fees and payments page for more detail on our pricing model and payment options.
Queensland Health X-ray Operators may be entitled to have any fees for Radiation Use Licences and Training and Assessment Workshops either paid or reimbursed.
Please refer to the following documents for further information and to confirm your eligibility:
A Statement of Attainment will be issued to participants who have successfully completed all components of the course. This will then need to be sent to radiation health along with a competed application for a licence to use a radiation source.
Upon successful completion of all course components, participants will be able to:
- understand the properties of x-rays and develop the skills and knowledge required to safely operate plain x-ray equipment, including their local facility equipment
- understand and apply the principles of radiation protection for the patient, themselves (as a licensee), staff and members of the public
- understand the responsibilities relevant to holding a Radiation Use Licence under the Radiation Safety Act 1999, including duty of care and consequences of poor radiography
- apply knowledge of common radiographic terminology, anatomy and pathology
- interpret and evaluate an X-ray request form
- appropriately use image processing and ancillary equipment
- perform routine diagnostic radiographs of the fingers, thumb, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, humerus, toes, foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, femur and chest with remote supervision if required
- perform diagnostic radiographs of the chest and extremities for various patient presentations, with remote supervision if required
- understand how imaging faults and artefacts occur, effect image quality and how to correct them
- review and evaluate radiographs for clinical value and technical proficiency.
Participation in this professional development activity may contribute to continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for the purposes of registration and/or professional association membership. Please refer to the specific CPD requirements of your registration board and/or professional association to confirm.
There will be three courses offered every calendar year:
- 21 January - 29 February 2020
(Practical workshops offered 7 March - 30 March)
- 8 May - 14 June 2020
(Practical workshops offered 20 June - 20 July)
- 25 August - 4 October 2020
(Practical workshops offered 17 October - 16 November)
To apply complete the application package that will be available two to three months prior to the course start date.
If demand for the course exceeds our course places, high priority applicants will be considered first. Depending on availability, applicants will be offered a place in the course and will be required to complete an online enrolment and submit a completed payment form. Places are only confirmed after this completed documentation is submitted and a confirmation email has been received from the XO Support team.
Please refer to our fees and payments page for the full conditions of enrolment prior to proceeding.
X-ray Operator Support, Allied Health Education and Training
t. 07 4699 8097