Career Opportunities at Equra Health

Please send career enquiries to the Human Resources Department at applications@equrahealth.co.za

Thank you for your interest!

 

WHO IS EQURA HEALTH

Equra Health is a dynamic group that strive to ensure that cancer care is both accessible and of a superior standard to all patients in South Africa.

Cancer is a disease that affects all of us sometime in our lives, whether it is you, a family member or someone you know. Access to good quality cancer care lessens the impact of cancer not only to the individual, but those close to them and society as a whole.

Career opportunities within the group are endless, where your contribution to healthcare doesn’t mean you need to be the oncologist.

 

WHAT ARE MY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT EQURA HEALTH?

Engineering opportunities:
Field Service Engineers will have the opportunity to work with state of the art linear accelerators which are designed to deliver high energy radiation during therapies.

Human Capital opportunities:
We have a national network of Radiotherapists, Medical Physicists and support staff who ensure that each of our Oncology Units run smoothly on a daily basis. They are the face of Equra Health and the talent that ensures we are setting the benchmark in cancer care.

Business Solutions opportunities:
If your skills are in business management, Equra Heath offers an environment where you can challenge your skills to the max. Opportunities in Human Resources and Financial Management exist in our Cape Town Head office. People Management and Leadership roles exist around the country.

Business Intelligence and Internet Technology Solutions (BI/IT):
Due to the high level of technology that forms the core of our business, the BI/IT team are the key to our success.  Their focus on setting up and maintaining the most advanced network and data management solutions, ensures Equra Health’s vision becomes a reality.

RADIOTHERAPIST             

What is a Radiotherapist?
A Radiotherapist is a person who plans and delivers radiation treatment to cancer patients.

How do I become a Radiotherapist?
You will need to have a matric certificate with maths and 1 science subject (on higher grade). A National Diploma in Radiotherapy or a B Tech (Radiography) + 1 year community service, followed by registration with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.

Students who are interested in this field must visit and spend a set number of hours in a department.

The personality of the candidate must be compassionate, emotionally strong – to deal with sick people, a good team player and respectful. The candidate must be interested in the field and very focussed.

What is a typical day’s work for a Radiotherapist (RT)?
Radiotherapists are involved in two main aspects of the treatment: planning and delivery of the treatment.

Planning: The first step for a new patient will be a planning scan called a CT. The patient’s tumour and their anatomy are marked out on the CT scan and RT’s will then prepare a treatment plan for the patient. They take into consideration the radiation dose for the tumour and the protection of the critical organs that are close to the tumour, e.g. spinal cord, kidneys, etc.

Once the plan is approved by the oncologist, various checks are performed by RT and Med Physics and data is then exported via digital networks to the treatment unit.

On the treatment unit: Patients are treated on the Linear Accelerators according to the plan set out by the planning department and the Oncologists. RTs prepare for new patients by checking patient files and doing quality checks on all plans coming through from planning.

Why I love my job:
Mariana, Radiotherapist KZN says: – I find Radiotherapy very challenging and stimulating because you are faced with many different scenarios on a daily basis. It is very fulfilling when you feel you are making a difference in someone’s life. This makes it an emotionally rewarding profession. I love the interaction and caring for the patients.

Best of all, is the great team spirit in our Radiotherapy Unit. The RT team really cares for each other making coming to work every morning even more enjoyable.

MEDICAL PHYSICIST           

What is a Medical Physicist?
A Medical Physicist is in general a person who implements physics concepts, theories and methods in the field of Medicine.

How do I become a Medical Physicist?
To become a Medical Physicist you need to be in possession of a combination of the following: B.Med.Sc. (Radiation Science) or B.Sc. (Physics) + B.Med.Sc (Honours). A 2yrs internship is then required at a recognised institution. This will lead to registration with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Qualified Medical Physicist.

What is a typical day’s work for a Medical Physicist?
To ensure that patient care in a Medical Radiation Facility is delivered as accurate as reasonably achievable by performing necessary Quality Assurance tests on medical equipment. To do dose calculations to ensure that each patient gets the dose prescribed by the Oncologist. To ensure that medical radiation facility is safe to be used by the staff and the members of the public.

Why I love my Job?
Thekiso Khotle, Med Physicist in KZN says: – My job is very stimulating and I find it quite beneficial, for intellectual and personal development, because of the integrated team I work in. I work with a variety of professionals like Radiotherapists, Field Service Engineers, Radiation Oncologists, Physicians, Radiologists and other Medical Physicists.

Why work at Equra Health?           

  • Competitive employment packages
  • Study and career advancement support
  • Work with cutting edge technology
  • Worldwide Radiotherapy employment is expected to grow by 27% between 2008 and 2018
  • Encourages teamwork and personal growth
  • Rewarding and fulfilling career paths through various functional and managerial roles

What does Equra Health offer students?

  • Study Bursary
  • Practical clinical experience
  • Monthly remuneration
  • A guaranteed job when you complete your studies
  • Because we are a nationwide company transfers allow for relocation