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As we wind down to the summer holiday period there are only a few events occurring in the next month. We’re planning an exciting 1st half of 2016 (and beyond too!) which you’ll be made aware of either via RealTime or direct emails.
Recent events have been well supported, just click on the title of a past event to read the convenors’ report or click on the hyperlink of future events to read the flyer and register. Find out below of what’s planned for your area …
Adelaide will host a Vascular & Cardiac workshop in early 2016. We’re finalising the date, but keep a look-out in your email – it’s a workshop you won’t want to miss if you’re in one of these specialties.
Brisbane/Gold Coast held a Sonographer Supervisor Course on 17th October. The course is continually being updated and participants enjoyed 6-hours of tuition to improve their supervision skills. Feedback shows this is really worthwhile course to attend for clinicians who oversee students. It’s very comprehensive, but everyone left having learned a number of benefits that will prove valuable in the workplace.
Brisbane will host our 46th Annual Conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre over 28-30 October 2016. Save the date for what’s anticipated to be a cutting edge program to meet the needs of all practitioners involved in ultrasound.
Canberra held a Vascular Workshop on 17th October that was sponsored by Toshiba. Specialist sonographer James Gotting was joined by vascular surgeon A/Prof. Stephen Bradshaw and together they presented on a range of topics covering Aortic and Arterial Ultrasound as well as Deep Vein Thrombosis Management.
Christchurch, NZ will host an Obstetric Doppler from A to Z dinner evening pm 3rd December. The evening will focus on current practice of obstetric Doppler throughout the pregnancy including placental vascular physiology and fetal haemodynamic adaptations. Registration numbers are limited so get in early.
Darwin is holding a Gynaecology Workshop on 21st November. Sponsored by Toshiba and presented by Dr Joanne Ludlow this is definitely a workshop you won’t want to miss if you’re an O&G practitioner. Live scanning will be included along with an interesting range of topics and you can have your questions answered by a leading consultant of early pregnancy. Take advantage of our special membership offer at the same time! Registration is open – members can log in and register online.
Gosford Interesting Cases Workshop will be held on 20th February 2016. Hear about cases that your colleagues found astonishing, challenging or bewildering or perhaps you’d like to present a case study that you found interesting. Chances are your colleagues will find it interesting too! Present/view a max. of 10 slides in 10 minutes followed by Q&A. The top 3 highest scoring presentations will be invited to submit their case study for publication* in AJUM, our peer-reviewed academic medical ultrasound journal accepted for listing on the NLM’s PubMed Central. Limited presentation places available so please advise your interest asap. Registration is open – members can log in and register online.
Hamilton, NZ on 9th December is hosting the last event for 2015. Get a team together or do it alone and battle it out against your adversaries at The Great Ultrasound Quiz. Enjoy a wonderful 3-course meal matched with a selection of fine wines whilst crushing your opposition! Registration numbers are limited; get in early.
Kingscliff will again host our NSW North Coast conference on 27th February 2016. Save the date!!! This year the concurrent workshops will cover MSK presented by Le-Anne Grimshaw and O&G presented by Dr Joanne Ludlow. There’ll be hands on scanning in the MSK stream and a full program in the O&G stream. We’ll be emailing your shortly with all the details. Members can log in and register online already.
Melbournians will enjoy a number of events next year ranging from Examiners’ Courses to Vascular workshops. We’re putting together additional professional educational workshops so watch your email for dates and topics!
Newcastle enjoyed our Paediatrics Workshop, sponsored by Toshiba on 10th October. Sydney paediatric sonographer Lorna Hardiman, supported by local Greg O’Connor and Radiologist Dr Christopher Wong, covered a variety of topics including emergency paediatric abdominal ultrasound and conducted a couple of live scanning sessions on infants.
New Zealand ASUM NZ 2016 will be held in Wellington 1st – 3rd July 2016. Save the date and be prepared for an exciting academic programme with a broad range of engaging current topics presented by well recognised international speakers and talented New Zealand faculty.
For other NZ events see Christchurch and Hamilton above.
Perth recently enjoyed an O&G Workshop on 24th October. Sponsored by Toshiba and presented by Drs Fergus Scott, Anjana Thottungal and Glen Lo. Topics included Micro-array versus karyotype for prenatal diagnosis, NIPT v Nuchal Translucency and Adnexal Masses, amongst others.
Perth Vascular Workshop is on 7th November. Adelaide sonographer James Gotting sponsored by Toshiba will present on Renal Access, Arterial Ultrasound, Lower limb incompetence and Aortic Ultrasound. Other centres have previously enjoyed attending James’ workshops and the feedback has been very good. Registration is open – members can log in and register online.
Perth Midwives Introduction to Ultrasound workshop will be held on 5th February 2016 where all midwives interested in participating will learn about ASUM’s CAHPU Course for Midwives, receive a basic physics intro to ultrasound, learn about 3rd trimester fetal position and scanning in 3rd trimester. Details for interested registrants will be emailed out shortly and will also be included in the ACM newsletter.
Perth Sonographer Supervisor Course (Round 2) will be held on 6th February 2016 presented by ASUM Sonographer of the Year, Delwyn Nicholls, and ASUM President, A/Prof Susan Campbell Westerway. Even if you have previously attended the 4.5 hour workshop over a year ago you’ll still learn tonnes of stuff this time around. The course now incorporates so much more information we need 6.5 hours to cover the extensive range of skills you can learn. Registration is open – members can log in and register online
Sydney will host a 6-hour Paediatric Workshop on 14 November that will cover emergency paediatric acute abdomen, paediatric chest, tips for emergency physicians including case studies from the emergency department at Westmead Children’s Hospital. If you’re involved in paediatric care you won’t want to miss this terrific line-up of presenters and topics. RANZCR, ACRRM and RACGP have approved CPD for this event, including a one-day emergency procedural grant. Registration is open – members can log in and register online
Townsville practitioners can learn a lot at our MSK Workshop being held on 6th February 2016. Daniel Walkley, Adelaide sonographer and MSK guru, will present on a range of interesting topics including Athletic pubalgia, Anterior hip pain assessment, Hamstring and sciatic nerve, amongst others. Registration is open – members can log in and register online.
If you have any topics you’d like covered, speakers you would like to see present or are interested in convening a workshop please contact email@example.com. We’re happy to hear from you. Happy learning!
You’re invited to participate in the following surveys:
Distractors in Ultrasound: Investigating sonographer perceptions about the impact of ‘distractors’ on the performance of obstetric ultrasound. (15 minutes)
Obstetric sonography is widely recognised by sonographers as a social and bonding event, but this can sometimes translate into a chaotic scanning environment, rich in distractions. Distractions have been found to contribute to errors in health care settings, but there has been minimal exploratory research in the sonographic setting. A distracter is any event or stimulus that can cause diversion from the task at hand.
The results will inform if there is a need to develop policy in this area.
Please take 15 minutes of your time to fill out the survey. There are some closed questions, and some questions where you are invited to provide free comment. The survey is anonymous and participation in the survey infers that you consent to participation in the survey. We encourage you to answer all questions, but you may leave questions blank if you are not comfortable to provide answers.
Researchers: Dr Nicole Woodrow, Dr Afrooz Najafzadeh, A/Prof Kerry Thoirs
Allied Health Workforce Research Program
This is a great opportunity to contribute to research that will strengthen sonography in Victoria. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has commissioned a 3-year research program, which in the first year of the program will include in-depth research on sonography, one of up to twelve allied health disciplines being researched.
Individual allied health practitioners are encouraged to spend 15 minutes to complete The Allied Health Workforce Questionnaire. This program will assist professions in understanding key workforce issues influencing their capacity to meet service demand and generate a reliable source of allied health workforce data that will inform future government policy decisions.
The key research question that underpins the program is: what are the workforce development issues that are preventing allied health professions from meeting service demand?
If you are an employer of allied health practitioners, or you are an allied health practitioner, your involvement in this program is vital to its success.
If you have any questions about this research, please contact Professor Susan Nancarrow on AHPworkforce@scu.edu.au
What are our corporate sponsors holding in the next few months?
Philips Townsville Ultrasound Education Symposium 31 October 2015
GE 4D Australia Secrets of the Master Brisbane 28-29 Nov.2015
What’s going on with our allied partners in ultrasound over the next few months?
Euroson 2015 27th Congress of EFSUMB Athens Greece 6-8 Nov. 2015
EMUGS Sydney Sonographic Training Oriented to Retrieval Medicine18 Nov. 2015
Mercy Global Obstetric Update 2015 Melbourne 19-21 Nov.2015
Advanced Fetal Cardiac Course Sydney 20-21 Feb.2015