CHIROPRACTORS

The use of x-ray equipment in Western Australia must comply with the requirements of the Radiation Safety Act and the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations. The following information is relevant for chiropractors that use x-ray equipment or lasers during the course of their business.

 

Licensing for X-ray Equipment

Chiropractors registered in the chiropractic profession with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) do not require a licence to refer patients to approved hospitals and radiology practices for plain radiography of the spinal column, hip joint, pelvic girdle, sacro-iliac joints, chest, shoulder or extremities.

Chiropractors must hold a licence under the Radiation Safety Act to own and operate x-ray equipment. There are two types of licence, restricted and extended. A restricted licence permits the holder to use registered diagnostic x-ray equipment for plain radiography of the spinal column and pelvis only. An extended licence permits the holder to use registered diagnostic x-ray equipment for plain radiography of the spinal column, pelvis, thorax and extremities only. In addition, the holder of an extended licence can refer patients to approved hospitals and radiology practices for plain radiography of the skull.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to be registered in the chiropractic profession with AHPRA and have either graduated from RMIT Bundooraís chiropractic course (after 1981), from Macquarie Universityís chiropractic course (in or since 1990), or passed Councilís examination for a restricted licence. To be eligible for an extended licence, you must either hold a restricted licence and have passed Councilís examination for an extended licence, or you must have passed the Councilís examinations for both a restricted and extended licence.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Licensing for Lasers

Chiropractors are restricted to using Class 3B lasers and must hold a relevant licence under the Radiation Safety Act.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to be registered in the chiropractic profession with AHPRA and have attended a recognised laser safety course. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised radiation safety courses.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Registration

The premises and all x-ray equipment and lasers in use or storage must be registered. Should you need to make an application for registration, you will need to complete and submit a registration application form [PDF < 100 kb]. Registrations are not transferrable between owners. The new owner of the premises and any x-ray equipment or lasers must apply for a new registration.

A nomination for the Radiation Safety Officer will need to be made on the registration application. To make a change of Radiation Safety Officer, you will need to submit a nomination to the Radiological Council in writing.

You must give prior written notification to the Radiological Council of any planned changes that affect the information previously supplied for your registration. The registration amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to advise of new equipment, sale or transfer of equipment, or disposal of equipment. For changes not covered by this form, you will need to submit written notification to Council requesting your registration be amended.

For both new registration applications and amendment to an existing registration, the following must be considered –

 

Further Information

 

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Page last revised: 20 August 2013