Over the past few months, CEO Annie Gibbins, together with a senior sonographer working party from Australia and New Zealand, has been diligently working to prepare an application for the national registration of sonographers.
As you are acutely aware, unlike in New Zealand, diagnostic medical sonographers are not currently registered in any state or territory of Australia. The profession’s omission from the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions which is managed by The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has resulted in significant and concerning consequences for this growing profession, patient safety and the community.
The role of the Health Workforce Principal Committee is to:
- To provide a forum for reaching agreement on key national level health workforce issues which require government collaborative action.
- To provide advice on health workforce issues to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC).
As the peak body representing the ultrasound profession, ASUM has scheduled for this high quality submission to be sent to the Health Workforce Principal Committee 30 November 2015.
As it is vital that this document reflects the views of the broader Sonographer profession, I invite feedback via ASUM, ASAR and ASA on this document by 25 November.The final DRAFT can be viewed here.
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