Registered nurses and general practitioners

If you are a registered nurse or general practitioner you must obtain a radiation licence to conduct chest and extremity x-rays. 

To apply for a radiation licence, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • successfully complete an x-ray training course at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Emergency x-rays

Registered nurses may perform emergency chest and extremity x-rays under the direct supervision of a radiographer at:

  • Katherine Hospital
  • Gove District Hospital
  • Tennant Creek Hospital.

X-ray conditions

If you take x-rays without a radiation licence, you must:

  • only take chest and extremity x-rays except in an emergency
  • record each radiographic view and number of repeats 
  • make radiographic views and repeats available for inspectors if required
  • ensure that examinations are reported by a radiologist unless advised otherwise - a request for advice by email is sufficient.

Contact Radiation Protection on (08) 8922 7152 for detailed information about x-ray conditions for registered nurses.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017