Important Update on the Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (GDMU)

//Important Update on the Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (GDMU)

Important Update on the Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (GDMU)

Important Update on the Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasonography (GDMU)

 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.

ASUM will update the GDMU Course page on the ASUM website when we have additional information to share.

For further information or to discuss how this will affect you, please contact the ASUM Team.

General Enquiries:

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.

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