Breast Imaging Advanced Trainee Grant Program 2021 Round

Expressions of Interest are now closed. Funding announcement coming soon.

The Breast Imaging Advanced Trainee Grant Program supports advanced trainees in diagnostic radiology to undertake clinical practice improvement through further training and research related to breast imaging.

About the Grant Program

The Cancer Institute NSW professional development program provides training positions, scholarships and learning opportunities to support and develop NSW healthcare professionals working in cancer. One component of the professional development program is the Breast Imaging Advanced Trainee Grant Program.

The purpose of these grants is to support future diagnostic specialists as they complete their specialty and Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology (RANZCR) pursuing a subspecialty in breast imaging. The grants aim to give greater depth of expertise in the selected speciality and to enable each Advanced Trainee to complete a research project.

Applications for the Breast Imaging Advanced Trainee Grants are invited from:

  • Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology (RANZCR), and
  • Registrars, who have passed Part II of the RANZCR exam and are in their final year of training.

Institutions may apply without an identified trainee, with a view to attracting an approved candidate to the position. During the six, or twelve-month grant, it is expected that a research project will be undertaken. The Program will be offered in institutions within the NSW public sector services and/or hospitals providing and/or linked to BreastScreen NSW.


The objectives of the grant program are to:

  • provide the opportunity, particularly for specialists early in their career to further develop their breast imaging practice and research skills
  • encourage the development of long-term careers in breast imaging in NSW and in particular, the BreastScreen NSW screening program
  • facilitate the translation of new procedures, techniques or new research outcomes into clinical settings
  • facilitate evidence-based clinical practice and the use of multi-disciplinary care
  • support the development, recruitment and retention of the cancer medical workforce in NSW
  • aid the further development of world best practice cancer management in NSW.


Further information about the grant program and instructions for how to apply can be found in the Expression of Interest and Application Guidelines.

Applications close on 30 June 2020. 


Development of skills

“In breast imaging I have advanced dramatically in these 6 months. I wasn’t confident in my skills prior to beginning my breast fellowship. I am now confident that I can accurately assess and manage breast studies, correlate multimodality findings, manage cases where results are discrepant, and independently safely perform breast and lymph node biopsies.”

- 2018 Trainee, BreastScreen NSW NSCC

“This [program] has not only helped me develop skills in conducting research, particularly performing statistical analysis…it has also allowed me to develop contacts at HMRI for future research opportunities.”

2018 Trainee, BreastScreen NSW HNE

“[I am] much more confident in both breast imaging interpretation and interventional skills.”

2018 Trainee, BreastScreen NSW SW

Building Advanced Trainees’ clinical skills and knowledge

“[Trainee] has been very keen and involved in all in-house breast imaging procedures including referrals from ED, wards, outpatient requests as well as high risk and multiple fibroadenoma clinics…she proves to be yet another successful trainee of the program.”

2018 Supervisor, BreastScreen NSW NSCC

“[Trainee] has become very competent with all breast procedures including biopsies and preoperative hookwire placements under ultrasound and tomo…She has developed maturity with decision making and communicating with complex patients.” 

2018 Trainee Supervisor, BreastScreen NSW HNE

“[Trainee], as a direct outcome of the program, became very proficient in all breast intervention, including surgical localisation, ROLLIS seed insertions, VACB and MR biopsy. He also became suitably accurate and efficient in interpreting breast imaging, including breast MRI and tomosynthesis.” 

- 2018 Trainee Supervisor, BreastScreen NSW SW

Is it worth continuing the Breast Imaging Advanced Trainee program?

“Yes, definitely. Our program provides a broad range [of] experience in breast imaging and population based screening. Our priority is for radiologists to gain clinical skills and knowledge that will guide and assist them in furthering a career in breast imaging radiology.” 

A/Director, BreastScreen NSW NSCC

The Advanced trainee program is an essential tool to recruitment of quality trained breast radiologists where the supply is low compare[d] with demand for Breast Imaging”

Director, BreastScreen NSW HNE

 “Definitely. This is an excellent, well-rounded program with extensive learning opportunity across ALL of breast imaging, including MRI and MR biopsy.” 

Trainee Supervisor, BreastScreen NSW SW