Medical Physicists (and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists)

The Australian Government is contributing $17.6 million to improve the training of medical physicists.

Page last updated: 22 May 2018

There is a shortage, nationally and internationally, of medical physicists required to provide a range of medical treatments and diagnostic tests. Medical physicists help to ensure safe, efficient and effective cancer treatment, diagnostic imaging and other health services involving radiation.

The Australian Government contracted with the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) to support the training and accreditation of medical physicists until 31 December 2020.


The Australian Government is providing $17.6 million from April 2018 until 31 December 2020.

Direct Trainee Support

ACPSEM will run competitive funding rounds, where facilities who employ medical physicist and radiopharmaceutical science trainees can apply for direct support.

The trainee must be on the ACPSEM Training, Education and Assessment Program.

Applications and questions about the process should be sent directly to ACPSEM.

Indirect Trainee Support

Additional funding has been provided to ACSPEM for activities including the maintenance of training curricula and certification standards.