Foundations of Leadership in Radiation Oncology, Sydney

30 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
New South Wales, Australia
Venue - Park Royal, Darling Harbour
Cost - Approx. $800

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all those who submitted applications!


Course duration: 5 week mixed online and live sessions with live course on 30-31 August 2019.

Course Directors: Sandra Turner (RANZCR); Meredith Giuliani (CARO);
Teaching Faculty: Barbara-Ann Millar (Canada); Lucinda Morris (Australia); Matthew Seel (NZ); Sean Geoghegan (Australia); Alessandro Cortese (ESTRO/Belgium)

Course Convenor: Gina Hesselberg

This course introduces foundation principles of effective leadership as they apply to senior trainees and junior practitioners in the radiation oncology professions. It aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attributes viewed as the building blocks for effective leadership. The course is directed at professionals interested in developing expertise in leading teams for quality improvement, advocacy and in all situations where they might positively influence the future of our discipline within both local and international settings. The course is grounded in the Leader domain (CanMEDS2015), and specifically to a radiation-oncology specific competency set defined through Delphi consensus (

Upon completion of the course, successful learners will be able to:
• Examine and reflect on their own behaviour, reactions and interactions with team members
• Describe basic leadership theory and styles as they might apply to practical situations
• Describe the foundations of effective change, management and negotiation
• Explore strategies to establish and lead effective teams
• Apply basic quality improvement tools to approach an improvement process.

The target group consists of senior trainees or junior practitioners (approximately first five years after training) in the radiation oncology professions, including radiation or clinical oncologists, radiation physicists, radiation therapists/technologists, nurses and scientists.

This course consists of a blended learning program of 5 weeks duration including on-line and face to face components. All sections of the program will be highly interactive and will highlight their practical relevance to the workplace and facilitating improvements within our discipline.

The on-line components will start on 18 July 2019 and consist of an introductory 90-minute tutorial with the participants and teachers followed by on-line exercises and compulsory electronic learning modules to be completed prior to the live course in Sydney. The live course will run over two full days, Friday 30 – Saturday 31 August 2019. 

On-line and live course topics include:

- An Introduction to Leadership – what it means and why it’s our responsibility
- Basics of Leadership Theory and Styles - how to apply these
- Self-awareness, Personality and Emotional intelligence – how they link to leadership
- Leading and Managing Change
- Tools and Strategies for Leading Quality Improvement Processes
- Team Building and Engagement – including basics of negotiation
- Creating and Communicating a Vision for Change

 Download the Course Program Here

Please send your statement of interest & motivation letter to   by the 24 May 2019 in the form of an open letter (maximum 2 A4 pages in length) with the following information:

- Name and gender
- Profession and year of training or year of independent practice (post- qualification)
- Location of workplace: department/organisation and country

Interest and motivation in attending the course, which addresses some/all the following:

- Previous experiences in which leadership (self or others) was or was not displayed
- Areas where the applicant feels they particularly need or wish to develop relevant skills and knowledge
- Leadership goals – short and long-term
- Other reasons for strong interest in course
- Demonstration of commitment to engage in all aspects of the course
- Evidence that course learning will likely lead to a change in behaviour or involvement in activities as a result of participation

You will be contacted regarding the outcome of your application by early June 2019.


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