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Working abroad as a UK radiographer
Educational qualifications approved for registration with the Health Professions Council in the UK, such as BSc (Hons) in Radiography, are recognised virtually worldwide for the practise of radiography.
However, the principle of full mutual recognition of qualifications, reciprocity, should not be assumed since the detailed requirements for registration as a radiographer may vary between countries. Therefore, if you are considering working overseas, you will need to make specific enquiries to the Designated Authority/regulatory body of that country about the need for registration and any other employment requirements. If you are not yet qualified. you will need to state the qualification for which you are studying and the anticipated date of qualification.
Application timescales and language
As far as possible, regulatory bodies attempt to establish appropriate procedures to facilitate the quick consideration of overseas applications. However, the process may sometimes take a number of months and, consequently, early application is recommended.
The appropriate overseas organisations may also be able to give you advice on job opportunities and salaries. A major problem in gaining employment in some overseas countries could be language difficulties and it will be important to reassure prospective employers on this issue.
Below we have selected some of the most popular destinations UK radiographers choose to work in and have provided contact details for their Designated Authority/regulatory body of that country.
Working in Australia
Any person holding a UK radiography qualification needs to apply to the Australian Institute of Radiography to be able to work in Australia. It is the body representing radiographers, radiation therapists and sonographers in Australia.
For further information on working in Australia, please contact the Australian Institute of Radiography using the following contact details:
Australian Institute of Radiography
PO Box 1169
Collingwood Victoria 3066
Telephone: +61 3 9419 3336
Fax: +61 3 9416 0783
email (general enquiries): firstname.lastname@example.org
Working in Canada
Any person holding a UK radiography qualification needs to contact The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) to request further information on working in Canada. CAMRT is Canada’s national professional association and certifying body for medical radiation technologists and therapists across the country. It is the leading national body for the medical radiation technology profession.
For further information on working in Canada please contact CAMRT using the following contact details:
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
1000 - 85 Albert Street,
Telephone: + 613 234 0012
Fax: + 613 234-1097
Working in New Zealand
Any person holding a UK radiography qualification needs to contact The Medical Radiation Technologists Board. It is one of 16 New Zealand health registration authorities appointed by the New Zealand Minister of Health under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act). The Board is responsible for the administration of the Act in regard to the profession of medical radiation technology. The primary responsibility of the Board is to protect the health and safety of the New Zealand public by ensuring practitioners registered in the profession of medical radiation technology are competent and fit to practice.
If you hold a UK qualification, you must be able to satisfy the Board that your education and experience has equipped you with clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills which are at least equivalent to the competencies of a New Zealand graduate at point of entry to the Register.
For further information on working in New Zealand, please contact The Medical Radiation Technologists Board using the following contact details:
Medical Radiation Technologists Board
PO Box 11-905
Telephone: +644 801 6250
Fax: +644 381 0270