Membership of external groups
The Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy works alongside several governing bodies for the benefit of these specialised areas:
Radiation Oncology Alliance
The Society is a founder member of the Radiation Oncology Alliance.
This is a conjoint committee of:
- the Australian Society for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy,
- the Faculty of Radiation Oncology (FRO) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology,(RANZCR),
- the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ASPSEM).
- Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.
The aims of the alliance are to advance the combined interests of the constituent bodies, through a range of strategies, including:
- addressing issues of common interest and/or concern
- making representations to Governments and other bodies
- releasing consensus statements and other information on relevant matters and
- providing advice to medical and other bodies on request.
The objectives are:
- to represent a key forum for collaboration between the radiation therapy professions in the areas of quality, standards, workforce and public interest
- to act as an important liaison point for the Department of Heath and Cancer Australia
- to communicate key sector priorities to all levels of governments and jurisdictions
- to maintain effective communication between the constituent bodies
- to make recommendations on any other work that will significantly affect the radiation oncology sector.
Peak Imaging Coalition
The Society is a founder member of the Peak Imaging Coalition (PIC). This is a conjoint committee of:
• the Australian Society for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy,
• the Faculty of Clinical Radiology (FCR) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR),
• the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), Australian Sonographers Association (ASA) and
• Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM).
The aims of the coalition are to advance the combined interests of the constituent bodies through a range of strategies including:
• addressing issues of common interest and/or concern
• making representations to Governments and other relevant bodies
• releasing consensus statements and other informant on relevant matters and
• providing advice to medical and other bodies on request. The objectives are to represent a key forum for collaboration between the medical imaging professions in the areas of quality, standards, workforce an public interest
• to act as an important liaison point for the Department of Health and its committees and working groups
• to communicate key sector priorities to all levels of government and jurisdictions
• to maintain good communication between the constituent bodies
• to make recommendations to constituent bodies on any other work that will significantly affect the radiology sector.
ASMIRT is a member of the Allied Health Professionals Australia –the peak body for allied health. AHPA has an important strategic role and is the body that Federal Government and other national organisations refer to when seeking a collective view on allied health. The ASMIRT Chief Executive sits on their Board of Directors and the Society plays an active role in their committee of management.
Professional Reference Group (PRG)
The Professional Reference Group provides a forum for engagement between AHPRA and associations representing the professions in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. It addresses issues such as:
• developments in the implementation and operation of the national scheme
• issues affecting the professions in the administration of the national scheme
• experience with the implementation and operation of the national scheme, and
• professional and environmental issues that impact, or potentially impact, on the national scheme.
ARPANSA is the Federal Governments primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. ASMIRT has a close relationship with ARPANSA and a seat on the ARPANSA MDCT DRL committee.
The objects of ASAR are to promote high standards of medical sonography in Australia, including:
i. to set uniform, minimum standards of sonographer training and education in Australia;
ii. ii. to assess and to accredit programs of sonographer training and education;
iii. iii. to accredit medical sonographers;
ASMIRT is a representative body on ASAR.
This global organisation works to improve the standards of delivery and practice of medical imaging and radiation therapy throughout the world. It acts as the international liaison organisation for medical radiation technology and promotes quality patient care, education and research in the radiation sciences.
As part of your membership of ASMIRT, you are automatically an affiliate member of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists. The ISRRT Facebook page is a valuable resource for the latest news and events for the Society, view here.
The Image Gently Alliance is an international coalition of health care organizations dedicated to providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging worldwide. The primary objective of the Alliance is to raise awareness in the imaging community of the need to adjust radiation dose when imaging children. ASMIRT has been a member since 2010.
This series of slides provided by MRPC will discuss the regulatory body/structure in Australia, who, what, why are the MRPC of NSW, some common definitions, processes and the Council contact details.
Presented by Justine Trpezanovski, MRP representative of the MRPC of NSW – November 2020
Download the information here