Official Statement – 17th December 2018
The Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) is dedicated to promoting excellence in ultrasound and is proud to be a leading education provider for ultrasound education across Australasia.
ASUM was the first organisation to offer high quality ultrasound training and education for Sonographers. This commitment has existed for more than 30 years and focused on ensuring our profession and patient care is of the highest standard. ASUM is proud to have been able to continually provide a low-cost educational program for self-directed learning in a time of rising education cost and regulation.
As many of you are aware, ASUM could no longer offer the DMU in Australia due to regulatory change and have been unable to accept new enrolments for some time. After extensive consideration and due to the changing market conditions, ASUM will no longer accept enrolments for the DMU in New Zealand after 11 February 2019. This decision was not taken lightly, and while we continue to look at potential opportunities to deliver sonographer education to the New Zealand market there are no immediate options. Due to low enrolment numbers and increased program administrative costs, it was deemed unsustainable to continue to offer the DMU course.
This decision does not affect current DMU students, other courses or CPD programs. ASUM will continue to provide the opportunity for currently enrolled students to complete their DMU program in line with current regulations.
ASUM would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge our volunteer examiners and supervisors who continue to provide their time, knowledge and mentorship for ASUM students. Our current students will require your expertise in these areas until their completion and we thank you for your commitment.
ASUM is committed to investing in opportunities that will benefit and support our sonographers, doctors and allied health providers and focus on our core business – promoting ultrasound excellence – to advance clinical practice of diagnostic medical ultrasound for the highest standards of patient care.
ASUM can confirm that all currently enrolled students will be eligible for registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technology Board (MRTB) upon successful completion of the DMU program within the regulations. However, the MRTB have stipulated that any new enrolments from 1 January 2019 must successfully complete the program within 5 years, hence by January 2024 as no extensions can be offered.
How does this change affect current students?
Current students can complete their DMU program as per the DMU regulations. No extensions will be possible as the course will no longer be approved for accreditation.
How does this change affect new students?
ASUM will not be taking any new enrolments after the 11 February 2019. New enrolments from 1 January 2019 must successfully complete the program within 5 years, hence by January 2024 as no extensions can be offered.
ASUM remains dedicated to promoting excellence in ultrasound and continuing to provide ultrasound education across Australasia. Looking ahead to the future, ASUM will be exploring numerous avenues and there will be opportunity for your involvement:
- Examiners and Supervisors are still required in Australia and New Zealand for current DMU students and potential future opportunities in the education arena
- There are opportunities for involvement in Outreach
- We will continue to seek speakers for future conferences
- Future mentors will be required to inspire future students
- Future CPD trainers will be required
- The formation of a Sonographer Education CPD Committee is in progress to ensure high quality educational offerings for the future
- Feedback on required CPD programs and educational resources always welcome
- Clinical workshops for students to enhance clinical learning and expert knowledge sharing
The list above is not exhaustive, and we would welcome your feedback to assist in development of educational and clinical expertise to continue to meet the highest standards of patient care.
ASUM will update this website page when we have additional information to share.