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Dear , 


While ASUM has played an instrumental role in ultrasound guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic with both the WFUMB and ISUOG, today we have published guidelines specifically for our region. Thanks to our publisher Wiley for supporting free access to these guidelines (as well as other COVID-19 related material).


COVID-19:Infection prevention and control guidance for all ultrasound practitioners


In addition you will find resources on our COVID-19 page that will further support you in offering ultrasound services safely: A risk assessment template (for both patients and accompanying persons) and letter including a referral letter where examinations are truncated due to minimising the exam while still answering the clinical question.


Access the latest COVID-19 resources

AJUM May 2020 issue will not be printed


ASUM is receiving regular updates from our publisher, Wiley, as they continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on scholarly publishing operations. Today we want to share an update from Wiley on the printing and distribution of AJUM.

Wiley have notified us that due to government restrictions on non-essential businesses in Singapore the printer there for AJUM has been asked to close and is currently unable to operate.

This means that AJUM will not go to print as scheduled, and member print copies will be delayed. However, the May issue of AJUM will be available online and all COVID-19 articles will be free access, including the ASUM guidelines.


Medicare Benefits Scheme – changes effective 1 May 2020


Fact sheets and Quick reference Guides in relation to the changes to the MBS items and rules for diagnostic imaging services on the 1st May can be found online here.
A number of changes to diagnostic imaging services commencing on 1 May 2020 resulted from the MBS Review Taskforce recommendations announced in the 2019 Budget.  


The link to general MBS Online Fact Sheets is here.


Congratulations to Fion Lau

Fion Lau

Congratulations to Fion Lau who has become the first Australian Intensive Care Physiotherapist to be awarded the Certificate in Allied Health Performed Ultrasound (CAHPU).


Fion is now accredited to perform Lung and Diaphragm ultrasounds at a patients' bedside at Armadale Hospital’s (WA) Intensive Care unit.


This achievement is the result of collaboration between the Emergency and Intensive Care departments.


Fion was mentored by Dr Ashes Mukerjee, an ED consultant, who is passionate about constantly improving care for patients and educating practitioners in ultrasound.


We asked Fion if the CAHPU had made a difference to her practice and she made the following comment:


"Yes, it does, knowing now I have a more sensitive tool to help differentiating the common lung pathologies that cardiorespiratory physiotherapists encounter, it makes me more confident to say when we are going to make a difference and knowing when to escalate to others. POCUS helps clinicians to provide timely care.


I am now working cohesively with Dr Ashes to promote POCUS in our hospital and we hope to see more and more POCUS clinicians".


We would also like to acknowledge Dr George Ntoumenopoulos from St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney who developed the syllabus for the unit.


What is your best US memory? Some of members tell you theirs...

What is your best US memory?

Make new memories as an ASUM member


Get immediate access to the following Web-based CPD learning:

  • Webinars - members rates and all complimentary COVID related.
  • Past ASUM conference video recordings (check out the list of recordings from the WFUMB 2019 Congress),
  • AJUM journal full access to all peer-reviewed medical ultrasound articles,
  • Coming soon: AJUM CPD quizzes and recommended podcasts,
  • plus more!

Membership fees are staying the same for the 2020/21 membership year. Check out page 2 of the membership application form for fees and pay them monthly by direct debit.


New members - JOIN HERE!

Former Members - RE-JOIN HERE!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Membership Team at or by calling +61 2 8379 7605.


Would you like a $30 ASUM webinar voucher?


ASUM is offering the chance for a free webinar (or 2 if you are a member!). Let your creative side shine and post your ultrasound themed poem or limerick on Facebook before 31 May 2020 and you may be lucky enough to be chosen for a $30 ASUM webinar voucher to support your CPD learning.


Click here for more information

Upcoming webinar
Dr Leah Wright | Senior Echocardiographer | Thank you to our sponsor Actelion

Our next webinar features Dr Leah Wright who will present on echocardiography to understand physiology and clinical outcomes in Pulmonary Hypertension.

The webinar will cover:

  • Measurement and image optimisation
  • Novel echocardiographic measures
  • Updates on recent guidelines and current research

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand echocardiographic measures which are critical for a complete pulmonary hypertension assessment
  • Understand the pros and cons of varying measures of right ventricular systolic function
  • Understand the utility of various haemodynamic measures in pulmonary hypertension

Be sure to stick around for the 15 minute Q & A session at the end of the webinar.

Thank you to our sponsor


Thursday 7th May 2020

19.00 - 20.00 (AEST)


Register here

Did you miss these webinars?

1. POCUS in a Pandemic: Lung Ultrasound and COVID-19

Dr Daniel Kim | Sponsors - Clarius | Medistar

Vancouver doctor, Dr. Daniel Kim, Clinical Assistant Professor and the PoCUS Fellowship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, shares his ED experience with COVID-19.


What is covered during this webinar? Introduction to lung ultrasound, normal sonographic lung, pathologic sonographic findings, sonographic features of COVID-19 and clinical application of lung ultrasound in COVID-19.


Register today to listen at your own convenience.

Thank you for Clarius | Medistar for partnering with us for this webinar.


2. Ultrasound Report Writing

Martin Necas

Martin Necas focuses on the best-practice in ultrasound report writing and is suitable for all users who perform ultrasound scans and communicate the results to other healthcare professionals including: sonographers, radiologists and clinician-practitioners.


Learning outcomes include gaining the understanding of current trends in report structures, how to formulate diagnostic impressions, clinical prioritisation of diagnostic comments in reports, the importance of language, syntax, word choice and how radiology reports can be varied in the time of crisis.


Register today to listen at your own convenience. View until 7th May.


3. COVID-19 with a focus on Cardiac Dysfunction and US

Prof. Michel Slama

Listen to Prof. Michel Slama as he presents this relevant COVID-19 webinar with a focus on cardiac dysfunction. Prof. Slama is head of the medical ICU, Chairman of Critical Care Medicine and is also a Co-chairman of an INSERM unit (research team). He is one of the founders of critical care echocardiography in France and in the world.


An informative 20 min Q&A session is included in the webinar.


Register today to listen at your own convenience.


Webinar FAQ's


Q: What if I miss seeing the webinar live?
A: If you register before the live webinar we will send you a link 24-hours after it aired to watch the recording, whether or not you viewed it live.

If you register after the live webinar started: on completing Step 2 the webinar recording will be launched automatically.


Q: I haven’t received my link to view the webinar
A: Please check your junk/spam mail folder in the email account that you used to register for the webinar. If you cannot locate the link please email

Q: Do I get a CPD Certificate of Attendance?
A: Yes


Q: When will I get my CPD Certificate of Attendance?
A: Yes, your Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to you

a) For paid webinars after 30 days
b) For COVID-19 webinars on the last day of the month in which you watched the webinar, or the first business day following month end.


Latest job vacancies

Sonographer, Penrith, NSW

Sonographer – Penrith, NSW

OMNI Ultrasound is seeking a qualified sonographer to work on a causal basis in our Penrith rooms. The applicant must have experience in obstetrics and pelvic imaging as well as hold a current NT license with RANZCOG.


Click here for more information.


Sonographers, I-MED, Various locations

Sonographers, Australia wide

I-MED Radiology are currently recruiting Sonographers in Cairns, Darwin, Emerald, Gippsland, Gladestone, Mt Isa and Rockhampton.


Click here for more information.

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