Training Sites and Networks

Providing a training environment that is supportive of trainee needs and meets the training curriculum and regulatory requirements is a shared responsibility of the College, training departments, training networks, clinical supervisors and trainees.

All College trainees in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore are trained within an accredited hospital department or private practice.

What is Network Training?

Network training is a term used to describe a group of training sites that support comprehensive training by supporting a trainee as they rotate through a variety of environments across a number of hospitals, private practices, regional practices and specialty sites. Network training prepares you with broad skills, multi system and site knowledge, and exposure to a variety of training environments.

Trainees are expected to rotate to a number of training sites throughout their training. Your training department and network will work with you to plan for your rotations.

Networks are supported by their own governance committees and by the Training Network Directors in Radiation Oncology and Network Training Directors in Clinical Radiology.

Accreditation

Clinical Radiology and Radiation Oncology Training Sites and Networks are assessed against a set of standards that have been identified by the College, which set out to ensure that a minimum standard of facilities and network governance is available to support the delivery of training and the needs of trainees.

Clinical Radiology

There are three types of accreditation for clinical radiology training sites:

  • Full accreditation describes a training site which is able to support the full five-year training program, via a combination of training site rotations through the Network.
  • Specialty accreditation describes a training site which provides training in a subspecialty area and receives trainees from multiple sites, such as paediatric hospitals.
  • Linked Accreditation describes a site where specific training is undertaken for designated periods of time in association with a full site.

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Radiation Oncology

For radiation oncology accreditation individual sites collaborate as part of a Network and are assessed against network standards. This ensures a consistency of training delivery.

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Accredited Training Site Listing

Training site accreditation information is available in a general format:

Information may be drawn from a training site’s accreditation activities and census reports. The listings are updated on an annual basis following the completion of the year’s accreditation activities.

Supporting Training Sites and Networks

There are a number of different roles that support the management and accreditation of training sites and networks.

Chief Accreditation Officer (CAO)

A Chief Accreditation Officer is appointed within clinical radiology and radiation oncology to provide oversight of the accreditation program. For more information see:

Clinical Radiology Network Training Director

Network Training Directors monitor and support training programs within their training network. For more information see:

Radiation Oncology Training Network Director

The role of the Radiation Oncology Training Network Director is to coordinate and lead the network, and to be a central point of contact for the College and health jurisdictions regarding training delivery. For more information see:

Education Support Officer

Some training networks are supported by an Education Support Officer (ESO) who provides administrative support to the functioning of the training network and Training Network Director in radiation oncology or Network Training Director in clinical radiology. For more information see:

Funding

The College participates in the Australian Government’s Specialist Training Program (STP), which provides funding to enable medical specialist trainees to rotate through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals. See our Specialist Training Program page for further information