Official Statement – 26th June 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. In April 2017, ASUM introduced the Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (GDMU) to address course accreditation changes.
The Department of Education put regulations on the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) for course accreditation such that a provider had to be registered with Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) or Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Therefore, the GDMU was created to follow on from the DMU offering that would no longer be allowed to be offered in Australia.
ASUM is focused on ensuring our profession and patient care is of the highest standard and as such, the GDMU course was developed by a trusted and qualified team to meet these expectations.
In line with ensuring high standards are continuously met, ASUM constantly and proactively review its courses’ content and viability. This year, our review included the GDMU.
After extensive consideration, ASUM have decided to apply to withdraw their Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status from ASQA and therefore remove the GDMU. The high standard clinical supervision model and supporting cost structure required to meet these standards does not fit with ASQA RTO compliance requirements, ASUM have therefore taken the decision to withdraw the GDMU at the earliest possible time to minimise further student disruption.
This decision was not taken lightly and was made after all potential options were investigated and exhausted. Due to regulative constraint, increased costs, the requirement for all supervisors and examiners to be Cert IV qualified and an increasingly competitive landscape it was deemed unsustainable to continue to offer the GDMU course.
This decision does not affect current DMU students, other courses or CPD programs. ASUM will continue to take enrolments for the DMU course in New Zealand.
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.
ASUM are 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 are currently in contact with ASQA and working through the pathways for each individual or group this decision affects. We will be updating students, examiners, supervisors and members on the changes to advise them of the next steps. Our aim is to work with each student to understand their options and assist in creating new pathways or providing guidance on the options available.
How does this change affect you?
Whilst the course accreditation changes only affected Australia, the GDMU was implemented in New Zealand to ensure consistency across Australia and New Zealand and gain efficiencies from the duplication of the course across the two countries.
Unfortunately, students will not be able to complete the GDMU.
- Units currently in progress can be completed and a Statement of Attainment will be issued. Units currently in progress must be completed by Tuesday 10th July 2018.
- Students will be credited/reimbursed for any units not yet undertaken, or successfully completed by Tuesday 10th July 2018.
As part of the withdrawal application process, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – the accreditation body – requires that ASUM supply all student details to them. You may be contacted by ASQA in relation to your enrolment in this course.
ASUM is contacting all students to advise them of this update and advise them of their specific pathway options, depending on whether they are in Australia or New Zealand and which field they are studying. We are also providing them with contact details if they require further information or have any questions and there is more detailed information available on the GDMU page on the ASUM website.
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 and future 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 Committee is in progress to ensure high quality educational offerings for the future e.g. The Clinical Supervision course offered at the Auckland ASUM ASM
Students must complete units currently in progress by Tuesday 10th July 2018.
Students will be credited/reimbursed for any units not yet undertaken or successfully completed by Tuesday 10th July 2018.
ASUM will update this website page when we have additional information to share.
Should you have any further questions please contact the people below.
Tel: +61 2 9438 2078
Fax: +61 2 9438 3686
GDMU & Education Enquiries:
Tel: +61 2 9438 2078
Fax: +61 2 9438 3686
Gerry Yuwono – DMU Education Coordinator
Sandra McDonald – Clinical Education Manager
Please be aware the ASUM team may experience high volumes of contact at this time, your contact is important to us and we appreciate your patience while we respond to every contact. Our GDMU applicants, students, examiners and supervisors will be prioritised initially for response.