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Research Grant 2021 awarded

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Congratulations goes to Koert de Waal who has been awarded the ASUM Research grant for 2021.


Koert and the clinical research team at the John Hunter Hospital's project is to determine “How intracardiac blood flow patterns determine the development of the preterm heart.”


Pictured is the team from the Neonatology Dept at John Hunter Hospital; Nilkant Phad, Koert de Waal and Edward Crendal.


We are excited to be supporting you on this research and look forward to sharing your findings.


Awards of Excellence 2020 (continued)

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As we continue to celebrate the achievements of those who received Awards of Excellence in 2020, we thank Coast Women’s Imaging recognising the achievements of the DMU Dux 2019, Alexandra Keene.


We know Alex is grateful to have been given the opportunity for clinical training. A special thanks goes to her supervisor Fiona Singer and Dr Glenn McNally for providing her with this opportunity.


Thank you to all those who have helped ASUM recognise outstanding ultrasound achievements in 2020. We have had an amazing response, including videos and photos, to recognise those members who have gone above and beyond in ultrasound. 


If you would like to recognise colleagues or peers for their expertise or for going the extra mile, you can place your nominations all year round through our website here.


View our inspirational winners from 2020 and previous years here.


NZ sonographer registration


ASUM is disappointed with the outcome from the recent MRTB consultation paper regarding registration of sonographers. ASUM has noted that of the 99 responses relating to the proposed changes, 80% of responses disagreed with the proposed changes to the registration options for this profession.


While we understand the limitations of the workforce are an ongoing concern, protection of the public must remain a priority, including the highest standards when using ultrasound to ensure quality safe practice and patient care. Based on the feedback from many of our New Zealand members there is considerable concern relating to these changes and we will continue to advocate for the profession.


The MRTB consultation outcome can be reviewed here.


Fiji Outreach


While ASUM Outreach work has been restricted, ASUM recently supported a member in Fiji, Litia Kama Balenaivalu, providing complimentary access to online physics and instrumentation education.


While there were a few technical challenges, the ASUM team were on board to support this opportunity, providing access and support for continual learning to benefit healthcare professionals and patients alike.

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Government update


Australian Government has decided to continue the capital sensitivity regional and remote area exemptions for a further 12 months. The exemptions will now cease on 01 May 2022.


The Government acknowledges the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on health providers, including providers of diagnostic imaging. This extension will assist providers of diagnostic imaging services in regional and remote communities additional time to upgrade and replace imaging equipment to comply with the capital sensitivity provisions.


Membership savings


Join ASUM now at our half year membership fees. Complete your CPD requirements with an ASUM membership by accessing:

  • Past conference video recordings, including WFUMB2019
  • Full access to AJUM journal articles
  • AJUM CPD quizzes
  • Podcasts recommended by our members
  • Register at member rates for past webinars and the upcoming Kingscliff event that has limited spaces
  • plus more!

Click here for more information and the fees.

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Webinars & CPD

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DMU Students please note: Registration closes on 10th January 2021 for the final Clinical Skills Workshop. If you have not registered already and intend completing this course register now!


5-7 February 2021 - Cardiac Stream : this course will be held virtually

10-12 February 2021 - Vascular stream - Auckland, NZ


11-13 February 2021 - General & Obstetric stream - Auckland, NZ


Webinar Access


Missed a Webinar recently? The webinars that ran between late November and in December will be available for registration and viewing until mid January 2021, giving you additional time for viewing over the festive period.


CPD certificates for these webinars will be sent out in the middle of January 2021.


Earn more CPD points by registering for available webinars here


The latest WFUMB ECHOES newsletter is now available, click below to view;

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Latest job vacancies


Vascular Sonographer, The Vein Institute, Sydney CBD, NSW

The Vein Institute has a position available for a full or part time Vascular Sonographer with flexible working arrangements. You will be working with and supported by an experienced team of doctors dedicated to excellence in vein care at our Sydney CBD Clinic. Ongoing education and professional development will be encouraged and supported with excellent remuneration.



OBGYN Sonographer, OMNI Ultrasound, NSW

OMNI Ultrasound is looking for OBGYN Sonographer interested in developing endometriosis ultrasound skills.



Senior Cardiac Sonographer, Dubbo, Western NSW LHD

This is a great opportunity to step into a leadership role of Senior Cardiac Sonographer where you can bring your purpose to life, broaden your scope and fast track your career.  You will be pivotal to the development and implementation of the brand new cardiac sonography service in Dubbo, due to commence in 2021.



Senior Sonographer, GSHS, South Gippsland, VIC

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Sonographer to join our enthusiastic Medical Imaging team at Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS). You will be an integral member of the Medical Imaging Department, providing high quality medical ultrasound services to the South Gippsland community and report directly to the Medical Imaging Manager.



Manager Ultrasound Services, Top End Health Service, Darwin, NT

We are seeking an enthusiastic staff member to lead the diagnostic ultrasound services provided through these various sites. The person will be qualified and accredited as a Sonographer with a contemporary knowledge of current innovations, and the ability to clinically manage a diverse group to ensure uniformity of service delivery across the health service.



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