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 graduated from either RMIT Bundooraís chiropractic course (after 1981), Macquarie Universityís chiropractic course (in or since 1990) or Murdoch University's chiropractic course (in or since 2014), or have 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.

Chiropractic Radiation Safety Examinations

The Radiological Council's chiropractic radiation safety examinations are conducted on the behalf of Council by Murdoch University. To organise an examination please contact Associate Professor Jeffrey Cooley at the University directly via email J.Cooley@murdoch.edu.au.

Please be advised that persons undertaking the Council's examination conducted by Murdoch University will be required to enter into a separate agreement with the University that may include the payment of an exam fee to the University prior to being accepted by the University to sit the exams. Persons undertaking the Council's examination conducted by Murdoch University are not students of the University and are not entitled to the benefits, rights or obligations that come with enrolment as a student of Murdoch University, including appeals or applications for special consideration pursuant to Murdochís policies, rules and procedures.

The results of the examination will be made available to candidates following the Radiological Councilís review of candidatesí papers and the examinersí report. Please refer to the general information [PDF < 100 kb]on the Council's chiropractic examinations for further details.

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: 17 September 2015