The introduction of a postgraduate course specifically for Mammography that does not require any undergraduate imaging qualifications is raising concerns.
“Creating such a limited class of practitioner has the potential to reduce standards for Medical Imaging Professionals and undermine the quality of patient care and diagnosis,” said Andrew Hewat, VHPA Assistant Secretary.
The new Graduate Diploma of Mammography is due to start at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2014.
Under the terms of the course, basically anyone with an undergraduate degree in a health-science or medicine discipline can become a Mammographer.
“Such a postgraduate course would be welcome if it was designed for Radiographers to advance their training and skills. But this course opens the door for other sub-specialties of medical imaging to be ‘farmed out’ to non-medical radiation practitioners.“
“This is yet another example of the ‘professional squeeze’ that is threatening standards and undermining our career paths,” said Andrew Hewat.
The VHPA encourages members to express your concerns about the course by emailing the Course Program Leader.