2011 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) review
For those of you who did not attend, the 2011 conference was a resounding success with more than 500 delegates attending. The highlights were undoubtedly the quality of the scientific program; the buzz of colleagues catching up, networking and learning in the sessions, workshops and trade hall.
The Gala Dinner in the beautiful Regent Theatre was a great night filled with circus performers, fine dining, awards, a great band and much dancing. Special mention must be made of Associate Professor George Condous who captivated the audience with his amazing voice and dance floor skills. Now we all know George as a tremendously successful obstetrician and gynaecologist, ASUM Councillor and editor of AJUM but few would have known of his musical talents which will now be in demand for future ASUM events.
All the photos from the conference are on the ASUM Facebook page so please take a few minutes to view the official shots.
For those delegates interested in a copy of the various sessions, please complete and submit the order form.
You should all have now received your Certificates of Attendance, but if not please let us know.
We wish to congratulate the following award winners:
- Best Sonographer Research Award – Penny Lam
- Best Research Presentation Award – Lisa Clarke
- Best Clinical Presentation Award – Lisa Clarke
- Best e-Poster Award – Jo Douglas
- Toshiba Giulia Franco Teaching Fellowship – Dr Ritu Mogra
- 2011 Membership Renewal Prizes:
- Dr Vivienne Fay Ainsworth
- Dr Shung-Fai Chan
- Narelle Woods
- Passport Award – Dr Kevin Boundy
- Toshiba Passport Award – Rex de Rijk who won the Toshiba AT100 Tablet.
Apart from the Toshiba Passport Award, these were all presented at the Gala Dinner.
Our sponsors play an important role in the overall presentation of a conference and this year was no exception. We extend sincere thanks to our Gold sponsors – Toshiba, Philips and GE and Silver sponsor – Siemens.
Your support and involvement in our conference and the wider industry is invaluable and we look forward to developing deeper relationships with you over the coming years.
We are currently seeking your feedback as a delegate through an on-line survey. Your feedback will be used to improve and enhance future conferences. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you have not already done so. We appreciate your feedback.
We now look forward to the ASM in Sydney, October 2012. See the flyer for details to enable you to organise travel requirements.
A special feature of the 2012 conference will be the inclusion of a number of new award categories. These will be presented at the Gala Dinner and propel the dinner into the peak industry social function where significant achievement and contribution to the industry is recognised.
The new award categories are:
- Australasian Sonographer of the Year
- Australian Sonographer of the Year
- Award for Humanitarian Service
- Best AJUM article
- Best AJUM First Timer article
- Best Real Time article
- Best Ultrasound Clinic/Employer of the Year
- Best Young Sonographer of the Year
- CCPU Dux of the Year
- DDU Dux of the Year
- DMU Dux of the Year
- Employee of the Year
- Highest CPD points Accumulation for the Year
- Meritorious Service to ASUM – five, ten, fifteen and over twenty years
- Meritorious Service to Sonography – ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and over thirty years
- New Zealand Sonographer of the Year
- Regional Sonographer of the Year
- Rural Sonographer of the Year
- Service to Ultrasound Education
- Service to Ultrasound in Regional areas
- Service to Ultrasound in Rural areas
- Trainer of the Year
- Ultrasound Volunteer of the Year.
These are only our ideas and if there are any other areas that you think are deserving of recognition, please let us know.
As many of these will be nomination based, ASUM will advertise the process to members early next year.
2012 Ultrasound Multidisciplinary Workshop (MDW)
Planning is progressing well for the 2012 MDW. See the flyer and the draft program. You will be able to find regular updates and the current version of the draft program on the conference website – www.asummdw.com.au – which will be live within the week.
2012 New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)
Planning for the New Zealand ASM is progressing well and the organising committee is forging ahead at a rate of knots. Those who attended the 2011 conference would know how informative the conference is and 2012 will be no exception.
As New Zealand will host the 2013 MDW, the 2012 New Zealand ASM has been moved to Auckland and will be held from 29 June to 1 July 2012 at the Rendezvous Hotel.
Stay tuned to our website and coming issues of Real Time for more information and updates.
We are pleased to advertise the following two meetings:
- The 3rd Annual Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium
- A 3D Ultrasound workshop in Radiology at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand. This is being hosted by our colleagues in New Zealand and is sponsored by Philips. Philips contributes greatly to ASUM and the industry and we thank them for their continued support.
Council and administration developments
2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The 2011 AGM was held in conjunction with the ASM in Melbourne.
Retiring councillors were – Professor Ron Benzie, Dr Sally Vogel, Roslyn Savage and Karen Waalwyk.
These councillors have contributed significantly during their time especially Professor Ron Benzie as a past President and we thank them for their contribution.
Elected to the Council in their place were:
- Medical/Scientific – Dr James Rippey and Dr Glenn McNally
- Sonographer – Matthew Morrall, Dr Sue Westerway and Brendan Mein.
Subsequently, Dr Andrew Ngu was elected as Treasurer, Dr Sue Westerway as Secretary and Dr Adrian Goudie as President-Elect which will see Adrian become the next ASUM President in 2012 and ASUM’s second from Western Australia.
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Adrian (pictured) is an emergency physician at Fremantle Hospital and King Edward Hospital for Women, in Western Australia. He completed his emergency training in Perth before working in Australia, South Africa and the UK, where he began training in ultrasound and echocardiography. His interests include the use of ultrasound in critical illness and the role of focussed ultrasound in emergency management. He is regularly involved in ultrasound training and education for critical care doctors.
Awarded the DDU in the same year he became an ASUM member, 2005, and a Councillor since 2010, he has been actively involved in the CCPU Panel since 2009 and in 2011 was appointed to the DDU Advisory Committee and Board of Examiners. He also chairs the Ultrasound Subcommittee of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Congratulations to all councillors and thank-you for volunteering your time.
As part of ASUM’s ongoing quality improvement program, the Constitution will be reviewed and updated in time for presentation to the 2012 Annual General Meeting. An initial draft will be provided to the November council meeting following which we will establish a member-wide consultation process.
Vale Richard Picker
It is with much regret that we announce the passing of Dr Richard Picker. Richard was a member for many years and we extend our condolences to his family on this sad occasion.
Planning for a new website
You may have noticed that we have made some changes to the website. The purpose is just to freshen up the front page and is only a short-term measure as we are currently developing a new website with the aim of being live by Christmas. This is an important project and complements the AJUM on-line and MOODLE developments and our overall IT re-structure.
Canberra – a successful branch meeting was held on 20 September with around 25 delegates attending. The evening was full of constructive input with excellent presentations from Dr Meiri Robertson and Deb Paoletti. It is pleasing to see the activity that is occurring at the local level.A reminder of the upcoming branch meetings:
- 18 October – ASUM Western Australia Branch CPD Meeting <PDF>
Event: Student tutorial: ‘Liver ultasound’
Speaker: Marilyn Zelesco
Venue: Royal Perth Hospital, Radiology Department
Time: 5.30 pm sharp; duration – 1.5 hours
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 22 November – NSW Branch Meeting
Venue: Nepean Hospital, Kingsgrove, NSW
Time: 6pm refreshments, 6.30pm start
topic/further details: TBA
A reminder to delegates to complete the on-line survey who have recently attended a branch meeting:
Craft groups update
The Sonographer Craft Group is up and running with topics up for discussion on-line. All sonographer members are invited to participate – your log-in details are the same as your default member log-in details.
Members are reminded to submit expressions of interest to Keith Henderson.
The Neonatal Craft Group has been formed with an active group of members and any other interested members are invited to join.
The group has already held an accredited CCPU Neonatal Advanced Workshop program on 23-24 September at the Children’s Hospital in Melbourne with nineteen people attending.
More courses are being planned for 2012 and we will advise as soon as information is available.
A vascular group is being formed and interested members are encouraged to contact Keith Henderson.
Plans are in place to form other craft groups and members are encouraged to check the website regularly for more information.
Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM) on-line update
All back issues from 2009 are now available on-line at www.ajum.com.au. A welcome addition to the on-line facility is the ability for articles to be submitted on-line. It is a simple process with articles accepted in a zip file up to 45MB with alternative arrangements for larger files advertised on the website.
The next issue of AJUM is fast approaching and will be landing in your mailbox in late November. To whet your appetite, you can expect a broader range of articles including MSK, emergency, vascular and obstetric.
Currently we are preparing the DMU re-accreditation with ASAR which will lead to a general upgrade to an e-learning platform from January 2012. A trial will be established and members invited to participate.
The DDU review is complete and applicants enrolling for 2012 will participate in the new curriculum.
Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU)
Future course dates are now available on the website.
Congratulations to the following graduates who have been awarded the Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound:
5 July 2011
- Dr Kirsten Connan
- Dr Leanne Hartnett
- Dr Ali Kyatt
- Dr Paul Gregory Lamberth
- Dr Dhara Lette
- Dr Christine Manley
- Dr Felicity Park
- Dr Alvin Yeng Hok Teo
- Dr Kristof Urbaniak
- Dr James Wheeler.
10 August 2011
- Dr Alison Fung
- Dr Richard Hay
- Dr Robert Magotti.
Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (DMU)
Future course dates have been finalised and will be published on the website in the near future.
Congratulations to the following graduates who have been awarded the Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (Asia) on 22 July 2011:
- Ms Lucy Lau Ik Ging
- Ms Nurul Khairi Ahamed Rahimi
- Ms Ooi Pei Siah.
Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU)
The following courses received CCPU Course Accreditation Approval and have been held recently:
- Neonatal Basic course at John Hunter Hospital
- Thoracic Ultrasound course at Royal Melbourne Hospital
- Pleural Ultrasound course at Royal Brisbane Hospital.
For more information on CCPU courses please contact the CCPU Co-ordinator on (02) 9438 2078.
Congratulations to the following graduates who have recently been awarded the CCPU:
|Name||Specialist CCPU Units|
|Dr Sharif Elgafi||
|Dr Cem Kibar||
|Dr Tracey Lutz||
|Dr Angela McGillivray||
|Dr Arun Nair||
|Dr Christine O’Neil||
|Dr John Orchard||
Research and grants
We are pleased to report that seven expressions of interest (EOIs) were received. The Research and Grants Committee have now shortlisted applications and the successful applicants have been asked to submit a full application. All applicants have been notified.
This is the highest number of responses that we have received in many years and we trust that this is the beginning of greater interest in this opportunity.
Applications for 2012 will be open from 1 June to 1 September 2012. Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply and the specifications will be released on 1 June next year.
University articulation meeting update
A combination of transitioning ASUM’s education programs to a new e-learning platform whilst preparing for the reaccreditation of our DMU has led to a fresh exploration of adult learning styles and flexible pathways. ASUM’s quality improvement process has clearly demonstrated that ASUM’s assessment processes remain the industry benchmark. The availability and quality of trained supervisors further strengthens our assessment processes and student outcomes. We now seek to establish more collaborative approaches for sonographer education in the future and will inform our membership if and when opportunities develop. The CEO and DMU Chair are currently meeting with all ASAR approved university providers to discuss potential co-badging and/or articulation opportunities. Discussions have been held with Charles Sturt University, the University of South Australia, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Central Queensland University and Monash University, with another scheduled for the Queensland University of Technology.
Earlier in 2011 Charles Sturt University advertised a special arrangement for recent DMU graduates wishing to complete a Masters Degree in Ultrasound. As a result two ASUM members have applied to the Charles Sturt University Masters program following the new articulation pathway opportunity.
MSK Examiners – EOI
ARDMS is establishing an MSK examination panel and has asked ASUM to nominate experienced examiners. If you are interested please submit your details.
Member special interest stories
We are interested in sharing our members’ special interest stories. We’re aware that from time to time our members are involved in ultrasound programs beyond their day-to-day working arrangements. In each edition of Real Time we aim to include at least one story, so if you have a story about how ultrasound is being used to benefit communities and you think our members would like to read about it, please let us know.
In this edition we share our recently elected councillor Dr Sue Westerway’s experience on maternal rural health in Indonesia.
As part of our membership quality improvement program we have introduced dates of birth and gender on our enrolment forms for the DDU, DMU and CCPU and membership forms.
Collecting this basic information is standard information for any membership based organisation to have and an essential component of determining the profile of a typical ASUM member.
Member survey – advance notice
As part of our member services program, we need to know your interests. The best way for us to collect this information is via a survey.
We are currently developing a comprehensive member survey and aim to survey you in mid-November. The questions will be simple and largely multiple choice with an opportunity for comment.
Your support in completing this survey would be appreciated as the outcomes will form the basis of our future member services program.