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Sonographer Regulation in Australia: Update

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The regulation of sonographers is one of the most significant issues for our profession in Australia and for the safety and protection of the public we are requesting that the sonography profession be added to the Medical Radiation Practitioner Board.


For the last two years a Working Group for Sonographer Regulation, with membership from the ASA, ASUM, ASAR and a sonographer representative, have been undertaking work to develop a submission to Australia’s Governments that seeks to address this issue by responding to the assessment criteria that the National Health Council has set.  


During October and November, the Working Group is engaging the broader medical industry, sonographer employers, sonographer education institutions, and health departments to review a draft of this submission. Following this process, the submission for the regulation of Australian sonographers will be finalised and will go to Health Ministers for a decision. 


To access FAQs and further information about the work towards sonographer regulation in Australia please click here


ASUM Council update


Following our AGM earlier this week, we would like to share the changes to the ASUM Council representation for 2020-2021.


''With Fred’s leadership, ASUM has developed a more inclusive way of thinking. ASUM is striving to create an ultrasound community rather than a society. Together we are stronger than we are as individuals. Whether that be in relation to standards, education or advancing the profession of ultrasound. I believe in what we are creating here at ASUM and I trust we can continue developing the vision''- Karen Mizia

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Welcome Dr Karen Mizia

ASUM welcomes Dr Karen Mizia as the new President of ASUM. Karen is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist working across both public and private practice. She has supported ASUM & the profession extensively over many years as an examiner for the DMU and DDU, a member of the Research Grants Board, Conference scientific committee and presenter and currently as chair of the Standards of Practice (SOP) Board. During her involvement with SOP she has strived to ensure that the policies and guidelines maintain a high standard without becoming too prescriptive.

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Thank you A/Prof Fred Joshua

Thank you to A/Prof Fred Joshua, who has worked tirelessly as ASUM President 2018-2020.


Fred’s leadership through challenging times and his passion for quality health outcomes when using ultrasound has positioned ASUM well for the future and promoting multidisciplinary care.

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Welcome Dr Jo Ludow

ASUM Council welcomes Dr Jo Ludlow as a medical representative on Council following the AGM. 'Multidisciplinary care mandates enhancement of all our ultrasound skills for optimal patient management' while enhancing options for rural and remote ultrasound training and service

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Welcome back Jo McCann

ASUM Council welcome back Jo McCann for a second term as a sonographer representative on the ASUM Board of Directors. Jo works as a clinical sonographer and a lecturer in POCUS providing a diverse background to understand the multidisciplinary needs of the community.

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Thank you Dr Philip Hung


Thank you to Dr Philip Hung, who has served on the ASUM Council for two terms for a total of 6 years. Philip's knowledge & contribution to ASUM Council will be greatly missed (though we will have the benefit of his experience on ASUM Outreach for the next 12 months).


Awards of Excellence announcements

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2020 Life Member - Sue Westerway


A/Prof Sue Westerway is a respected sonographer with extensive clinical and research expertise. She has contributed several decades to ultrasound, unconditionally sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience with all those willing to learn. As well as teaching many students locally, she has also extended this internationally, creating and participating in many outreach projects in developing countries. Sue continues to raise awareness of her chosen profession as a sonographer internationally, often where the role of the sonographer is not recognised. She has served ASUM for many many years through multiple roles.

ASUM Council believe she has made a significant contribution to the professional, both locally and internationally, as well as to ASUM. To acknowledge her continued service to ASUM and the profession, and following this nomination as ratified at the ASUM AGM, ASUM Council award Sue with Life membership of ASUM.

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Australasian Sonographer Of The Year - Jill Muirhead

The 2020 Australasian Sonographer of the Year Award of Excellence has been awarded to Jill Muirhead. Jill has had an extensive career as a sonographer while further contributing to the profession as a teacher, mentor, examiner and researcher. Jill continues to generously share her knowledge and expertise across the ultrasound profession, supporting both sonographers and POCUS trainees and encouraging them to experience the fantastic world of ultrasound. Congratulations Jill, this is so well deserved.

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Tutor Of The Year = Sheryle Rogerson

Sheryle Rogerson has been awarded the 2020 ASUM Awards of Excellence Tutor of the Year. Sheryle’s nomination highlighted her passion and dedication in teaching neonatal ultrasound, expanding her teaching beyond the Royal Womens Hospital to include other neonatal trainees across Melbourne, continuing lectures via zoom during lockdown. Congratulations and thank you for your contribution!

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DDU Dux - Jason Scop

Congratulations to Jason Scop who has been recognised for his outstanding achievement in completing the DDU and recognised as the DDU Dux 2019.


Thank you to those who participated in making this a celebration of a fantastic achievement, please click here to watch a brilliant video of Jason's journey.

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AJUM Article of the year - Dr Vinodh Nanjayya

AJUM Article of the Year is awarded to Dr Vinodh Nanjayya. Vinodh is a Senior Intensive Care Specialist and Head of Cardiothoracic ICU at the Alfred Hospital and the first author of the article ‘Levels of training in critical care echocardiography in Adults. Recommendations from the College of Intensive Car Medicine Ultrasound Special Interest Group’ (Australa J Ultrasound in Med Aug 2019 22, 73-79).

World Radiography day

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World Radiography Day (WRD) and National Radiographers and Radiation Therapists’ Week (NRRTW) provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge the resilience and innovation shown by frontline staff in our hospitals and clinics when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.


The announcement of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11th March 20201 created a ‘new normal’ in which many areas of our known existence underwent forced change. Spread of the COVID-19 virus was found to be close contact, a major challenge for frontline health care workers; resilience and innovation were clearly needed going forward and the medical imaging and radiation therapy community have risen to the occasion.


Thank you to WIley for publishing free content including the latest research from the AJUM journals. Click here to read more. 


Last chance to register for tonights Webinar

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TONIGHT : Thursday 5th November 2020


19:00 - 20:00 AEDT


This evening A/Prof Sandhir Prasad will be presenting an informative webinar on assessment of diastolic function, providing a comprehensive overview of guideline based approaches to assessment.


The webinar will be followed by a comprehensive Q&A, so do not miss this opportunity to have your questions answered. 


Sponsored by Philips


Register now


Latest job vacancies


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.



Clinical Applications Specialist - Ultrasound, Sydney, NSW

This role is responsible for pre-and post-sales customer support of medical technology products and their applications.



Cardiac Sonographer, CVS, Perth Sites, WA

A new opportunity is available for a highly skilled, experienced Cardiac Sonographer to join our highly successful organisation, either on a part-time or a full-time basis. This permanent position will be based across all of our Perth sites.



Locum Sonographer, QUFW, Various locations, QLD

QUFW currently requires locum Ultrasound Sonographers who are competent in obstetrics and gynaecological scanning.  The duration is for minimum 3 months at least 2 days per week starting immediately.



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