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The President's Blog Launched
Posted 28th July 2016
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ASMIRT is proud to present The President’s Blog, a glimpse into the role of the ASMIRT President - Patrick Eastgate.

The main objective for the blog is to provide members with insight into what ASMIRT is striving for at a national and grass roots level. It will provide a platform for members to engage directly with the President and be informed of Society news in a modern medium. 

“It is an opportunity for you to interact directly with me. So please engage with me in discussing anything you feel is important to our professions and let’s make our Society a true leader in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy,” President Patrick Eastgate said.

The Society looks forward continue developing its communication mediums.

ASMIRT Comments on Monash Report
Posted 18th July 2016

Media Release

Monday 18 July 2016

The Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) has responded to the Monash Report on the review of the re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis stating not one group is to blame.

The Monash Report has identified multiple contributing causes and a number of gaps in the system relating to the healthcare of miners, which includes dust levels in the mines, medical testing, record keeping and coordination of examination results.

“From a medical imaging viewpoint there should be a full investigation as to how these miners were so badly let down by the Medical Imaging sector of healthcare,” says ASMIRT President Patrick Eastgate.

While it is the radiologist’s role to diagnose patients based on x-rays, Eastgate says it is not outside of the scope of practice for radiographers to offer their professional opinion on images they believed were not normal.

“Interpreting a chest x-ray requires specialised training, detection of 'Black lung" does not, and should be detected by any Radiologist.”

ASMIRT shared their frustrations for those affected by the systemic failure which has compromised these miners’ health.

“These miners have been let down on so many fronts.

“It is not good enough in today's healthcare setting for these findings to go undetected. Like all of us they should have the right to be safe at work and be treated with due care and respect in the healthcare setting,” Eastgate said.

The Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy is the peak body representing radiographers, radiation therapists and sonographers in Australia.

Position Statement on underfunding in Medical Imaging
Posted 8th July 2016
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Media Release

For immediate release

Friday 8 July 2016


The Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) (formerly the Australian Institute of Radiography - AIR) raised concerns about the current economic climate and the implications of reduced government funding in the sphere of Medical Imaging and Diagnostics.

The potential erosion of Medicare could lead to reductions in healthcare funding and threaten patient safety with the predicted loss of job security for practitioners, especially senior staff job positions, in the Medical Imaging and Diagnostics industry.

The loss of senior medical imaging staff could result in longer patient wait times and poorer patient outcomes with the increased potential for patients to be exposed to greater levels of risk.

The ASMIRT places patient safety with regards to minimising radiation dose to their patients, optimal patient outcomes and quality of patient care as primary objectives in all of its activities and endeavours.

“As professionals we always seek to provide the highest level of care to our patients. Budget cuts could mean that practitioners are spread thin increasing waiting times and putting patients at riskof unnecessary radiation exposure,” says President of ASMIRT Patrick Eastgate.

The Society will continue to lobby government at the state and federal levels in order to attempt to secure adequate funding in those critical areas which are so important in relation to quality healthcare provision and optimal patient outcomes. ASMIRT is the peak body representing radiographers, radiation therapists and sonographers in Australia. The Society builds on a foundation of setting the highest standards of training and ongoing education for all Medical Imaging professionals.

Expressions of Interest (EOI): Become a member of the Advanced Practitioner Advisory Panel
Posted 2nd July 2016


An invitation is extended for two new Medical Imaging and up to two new Radiation Therapy Members to apply to join the Advanced Practitioner Advisory Panel of the ASMIRT (AIR).

Nominees should possess a strong interest in the continuum of competency open to practitioners, with an emphasis on advanced practice.


Interested applicants for the APAP position will need to address the following criteria;


  • Current financial member of the Australian Institute of Radiography
  • Extensive clinical experience in Radiation Therapy or Medical Imaging
  • Demonstrable interest, knowledge or experience in advanced practice
  • Available to travel to Melbourne up to twice per year
  • Strong communication skills
  • Reliability and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines


This is a Board appointment, although endorsed Branch nominations may also be submitted.

Written applications with a current CV should be submitted no later than COB on Friday 15th July 2016 addressed to:


Acting Chief Executive – Confidential APAP appointment
Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
PO Box 16234
Collins Street West Vic 8007

Or email addressed to the Chief Executive: execoff@air.asn.au  

(Submissions must be in Word format as an attachment)