Sue Campbell Westerway
AMS PhD(Medicine) MAppSc(Research) BAppSc(NMT) DMU Churchill Fellow
Adjunct Associate Professor – CSU
It is a privilege to be the first sonographer entrusted with leading ASUM forward for the next two years. As the peak body for medical ultrasound in Australia and New Zealand there are exciting times ahead as we strive to deliver our 2014-2017 Strategic Direction. ’Professionalism – Education – Service – Expertise.’
June 2015 marks my 40th anniversary in this fascinating field of medical ultrasound. I remember the first ASUM scientific meeting I attended in 1977 and the excitement of seeing the latest B-mode system with 64 shades of grey. Real time was not yet a commercial reality in Australia and ultrasound education virtually non-existent. ASUM was then, like now, the main source of information on all aspects of medical ultrasound. My ASUM membership spans 37 years and in that time I have served on the Sonographer Council, was Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Society, one of the first DMU examiners, been recruited onto various committees and co-convened multidisciplinary workshops and annual scientific meetings, including WFUMB 2009 & the joint ISUOG meeting in 2013. My research and lecturing work takes me to conferences and institutions around the world and I can honestly say that the standard of work we do in Australasia should make us proud to be in the profession.
I have learnt something everyday of my ultrasound career, be it through journals, the internet or through my students. ASUM strives for excellence in ultrasound by ensuring that all users of medical ultrasound in Australasia have access to relevant courses to ensure that there is a safer delivery to the patient. Education is one of the most important aspects that helps move a Society forward and this must be evidenced based. Our expanding journal, extensive research grants and new education programs reflect our commitment to the future of ultrasound in Australasia.
During my career I have been fortunate in working with many past ASUM presidents, including Bill Garrett, Peter Warren, Bev Barraclough and my current employer Glen McNally – all have been role models for the exciting job ahead.
I trust I can deliver a professional outcome.
Standards of Practice Update
On behalf of ASUM Council and the Standards of Practice (SOP) Board, we are delighted to announce that Dr Karen Mizia is the new chairperson for the SOP Board. Karen is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist who has been working exclusively in the field of Women’s ultrasound for around 7 years. She is currently working in private practice at Ultrasound Care, a Sydney based practice devoted to pregnancy and gynaecological ultrasound. Karen also collaborates with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney investigating late fetal growth restriction. She is a Clinical lecturer associated with Sydney University. Congratulations Karen!
The ASUM SOP Board and Committee have been very busy this year reviewing the current Policies and Guidelines and are happy to announce that nine Policies have been updated and revised. Furthermore, a new Administration Policy entitled ‘ASUM Academic Misconduct/Plagiarism Policy’ has been created. All these Policies have been published with a new template and disclaimer and can be accessed on the ASUM website.
Please find below a summary of the Policies and Guidelines that were approved at the ASUM October Council meeting.
B8 – Statement on the Use of Ultrasound by Medical Practitioners
C2 – Statement on the Practice of Ultrasound by Sonographers
C3 – Policy On Vaginal Scanning By Sonographers
D2 – Guidelines For The Mid Trimester Obstetric Scan
D8 – Guidelines For The Performance Of A Gynaecological Scan
D11 – Guidelines for the Performance of First Trimester Ultrasound
D12 – Guidelines For The Performance Of Third Trimester Ultrasound
E3 – ASUM Research and Grants Policy
F1 – Statement on the Appropriate Use of Diagnostic Ultrasound Equipment for Non-Medical Entertainment Ultrasound
New administration policy
E6 – ASUM Academic Misconduct/Plagiarism Policy
ASUM would like to thank the SOP Board and Committee for their hard work, enthusiasm and expert advice reviewing these Policies and Guidelines.
There are vacancies to join the ASUM Standards of Practice Board and Committee. If you would like to assist this esteemed group of specialists to review ASUM Policies and Guidelines, we would be thrilled to hear from you. Please contact Dr Jocelyne Basseal via firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.