X-ray Operator Introductory course
In rural and remote Queensland where a radiographer is not readily available, limited scope radiography may be performed by appropriately licensed health service employees, who are called X-ray Operators. This blended delivery course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to apply for a trainee X-ray Operator Chest and Extremities licence with Radiation Health.
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, affect image quality and how to correct them
- review and evaluate radiographs for clinical value and technical proficiency.
This course is open to all rural and remote health service employees who have support from their Facility Manager and local Radiographic Advisor (supervising radiographer).
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 (interstate applicants considered on a case-by-case basis, please contact the Cunningham Centre to discuss)
- work at an X-ray Operator only facility or facility with 1-2 radiographers requiring additional support
- have the support from their Facility Manager and a local Radiographer Advisor
- have Executive support if the applicant is in a non-clinical stream e.g. Administration or Operational stream.
This workshop is coordinated by the Allied Health Education and Training team at the Cunningham Centre.
Radiographers based at the Cunningham Centre will deliver the training and conduct assessment processes.
A significant investment of offline time is required for this course, which varies depending on the professional background and previous work or study experiences of the participant. An average timeframe to complete the theory component is 60-72 hours. This is followed by a mandatory three-day practical workshop.
The theory component is delivered remotely via a combination of online resources, videoconference tutorials and phone or email support.
The practical workshop is delivered face-to-face, including sessions focusing on a variety of clinical and practical areas pertaining to limited licence radiography e.g. small group tutorials and performing supervised radiographic examinations.
Practical workshops are often held in Toowoomba, however on request from a Facility Manager the workshop can be provided at another location. Please contact the Cunningham Centre directly to discuss this option.
- Patient ID and procedure matching mandatory training
- Online quizzes for theory components
- Practical activities
- Local facility assignment
- Local imaging processing and informatics checklist
- Patient examination log
- Reflection journals.
Participation is observed during all practical workshop sessions with assessment results based on performance during the workshop, review of radiographic examinations and feedback from the participant’s local Radiographic Advisor.
Participants must pass all assessment items within the appropriate timeframe. Please note: all participants will be given a maximum of three attempts to submit assessment items.
|Prices from 1 July 2020||Per participant|
|Tier 1 | Payment by Queensland Health work unit||$2,008|
|Tier 3 | Payment by external participant or private organisation ^||$2,420|
^ Tier 3 includes GST.
Additional costs to be factored in:
- offline time for the participant to complete learning and assessment tasks (approximately 60-72 hours for theory, plus three day practical workshop)
- costs associated with attending the practical workshop
- ongoing supervision, training and assessment costs | Guideline QH-GDL-363:2015
- videoconference capability for the X-ray room
- Radiographic Advisor support – a fee for service arrangement may need to be negotiated
- 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, payment options, fees and refund guidelines.
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:
Your facility will need to provide you with:
- offline time to complete learning and assessment activities
- a PC with internet access and webcam
- access to the Queensland Health network
- a printer
- access to your local X-ray room
- access to your local Radiographic Advisor and existing X-ray Operator.
- employee/ID badge
- offline time for workshop
- travel and accommodation.
A Statement of Attainment will be issued to participants who have successfully completed all components of the course. In order to attain a licence you must submit this certificate along with a completed application for a licence to use a radiation source to Radiation Health.
Participants will also be provided with:
- a hard copy Study Guide which summarises key learnings
- a hard copy Positioning Manual which provides an excellent radiographic reference
- personal side markers.
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.
The 2020 course dates are:
|Cohort||Dates||Practical workshops offered||Applications open||Applications close|
|9||1 Jun 2020||TBC||25 May 2020||11 Dec 2020|
The application package for each cohort will be available from the listed 'applications open' date only. The application package is now available.
If demand for the course exceeds our course places, high priority applicants will be considered first. Places are only confirmed after a confirmation email has been received from the XO Support team.
Applicants offered a place in the course will be required to complete an online enrolment before access to course resources is provided.
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