Today is the International Day of Sign Languages, a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users. The 2023 celebration of the International Day of Sign Languages is a chance to highlight the unity offered through sign languages. Deaf communities use this day to emphasise the principle of “nothing about us without us” and as such offers MRS professionals valuing patient-centred care an opportunity to consider how their workplace caters to deaf and hard-of-hearing patients.

Hear about the work of other professionals in the region at the Rural Roadshow Series in Bendigo, providing regional Victorian medical imaging and other healthcare professionals an option to attend engaging CPD events. Register now via the link in bio.

JMRS Article: Driving professional development and growth through research: a commentary Research remains one of the essential elements that drive the growth of a profession since it contributes to the development of knowledge. Research also creates value for public service and leads to better health outcomes. Research output from the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (MIRS) profession is currently lacking in New Zealand while the output from Australia can also be improved. This commentary presents proposed considerations that could contribute toward increasing research impact and research output in the MIRS profession in Australia and New Zealand. Sibusiso Mdletshe Read the full article in JMRS via the link in bio

Registrations closing Friday! Don't miss your chance to join a range MRPs at the 2023 Mid North Coast Imaging and Therapy Conference. You can now explore the full program and learn more about the invited speakers, and read about the following workshops: Forensic Imaging - The role of PMCT in the Coronial Process: Anthony (Tony) Buxton This workshop is suitable for all radiographers or Radiation Therapists interested in forensic imaging, even from an information perspective only. Reflections Cafe: Nicole Killey & Gina Boyle At this World Café style workshop, we will explore the use of reflective practice principles and strategies in Medical Radiation Science, share participant experiences and identify common themes. Register via the events link in bio

Hear from a panel of experienced researchers about how to design and develop quality qualitative studies in Medical Radiation Science. This event is recommended for all Medical Radiation Professionals and students. Learning Outcomes: ✔Gain an understanding of the breadth of designs in the qualitative paradigm. ✔Understand the key features that indicate a high quality design and execution of qualitative enquiry. ✔Knowledge of common mistakes to avoid when evaluating qualitative research. ✔Describe the items that should be reported in a publication with qualitative study design Presenters include: 📖A/Prof Georgia Halkett - Senior Research Fellow, Curtin School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University 📖A/Prof Andrew Kilgour - Associate Professor of Medical Radiations at RMIT University 📖A/Prof Caroline Wright - Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at Monash University, and Director of Education for the School of Primary and Allied Health Care

Asking the question, 'are you OK?' can make a real impact in the workplace. As MRS professionals, we are frequently in stressful and emotional work environments. As such, it is essential we all help create a culture where employees and colleagues feel confident asking and answering this simple yet important question. Check in on those around you - not just today but every day. These conversations can make a real difference to staff going through a tough time.

"The biggest challenges I faced in my short research career have been enacting change from my research. Motivating colleagues to embrace these changes can often feel slow and futile. My best advice is to motivate key stakeholders (managers, team leaders) and lead by example, it will take longer than you think. Meaningful change always does."- Cameron Brown (Senior Radiographer at Logan Hospital in Queensland) If you're interested in different research career pathways, be sure to read our 'Get To Know a Researcher' series in this month's edition of Spectrum. Members can access Spectrum via the ASMIRT Members Portal online.

Do you administer therapeutic agents, such as Radiographic Contrast Media, that can induce anaphylaxis? Can you confidently and rapidly identify and recognise an anaphylactic reaction and know how to manage it? ASMIRT, in conjunction with our trainer, Scott Cooper, have created a new workshop to educate participants in both the theory and practice of anaphylaxis recognition and management. Join us for the first in this new online series on Saturday 23 September, sign up via the events link in bio.

We invite all Darwin (and surrounds) based medical radiation practitioners (members and non-members) to join us for this In-Person free event as we continue to learn and stay abreast in our profession. This session will be followed by an opportunity to network with colleagues and the ASMIRT team. Gather your colleagues/students and friends together for an engaging afternoon. Invited speakers Marilyn Zelesco, Daniel Sapkaroski and Edel Doyle will cover topics including: 🔎Ultrasound back to basics 🔎Forensic CT 🔎CT DRLs 🔎the future of Virtual Reality in radiation therapy Register now via the events link in bio.

Do you have what it takes to be a trivia master? 🤔 Join the VIC Branch Student Committee in the annual trivia battle. A fun social event not only for MRS professionals and students – bring your friends along and meet others in your field, share knowledge, socialise and compete for prizes. 🍕Pizzas, chips and wedges are included in your registration ticket. Drinks at bar prices. 🔎It's always a fun night! Limited places! Register now!

📕JMRS Virtual Issue September 2023 We celebrate Women's Health Week with a dedicated virtual issue of our Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.

Australia and New Zealand’s leading paediatric imaging conference is happening in just over a month! 😁 Explore a complete program featuring guest speakers, department tours, social events, and the Saturday night Gala dinner. Whether you are already experienced, just started or are hoping to learn some tips and tricks, ANZPIC will grow your paediatric imaging skill set. Secure your place now with Early Bird registrations closing 22 September and accommodation discounts ending this week!

📕JMRS Article: A qualitative study exploring anxiety in patients with head and neck cancer during radiation therapy More than 20% of patients undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancer report anxiety specifically related to the immobilisation mask, a tight-fighting mask patients are required to wear for the duration of each treatment session. However, limited research has delved deeply into the patient perspective. The aim of this study was to better understand patient experiences of mask anxiety during head and neck cancer radiation therapy and to explore patient attitudes toward potential strategies that may reduce mask anxiety during this treatment. Erin Forbes B. Psych, Kerrie Clover Ph.D, M. Psych, et al. Read more in JMRS via the link in bio.

ASMIRT is excited to announce the new Dorothy Lorimer Bursary. This grant – of up to $50,000 – is an opportunity for an ASMIRT member to travel overseas and bring back substantive international knowledge to enhance Australian practice. Expressions of interest to apply for the Bursary are open now and will close 30 September 2023. Find out more via the scholarships page on our website.

Registration for ASMIRT Certification closes 10 September. Don't miss out on the chance to take your education and patient care to the next level. The attainment of ASMIRT certification recognises professional proficiency in your chosen area of expertise which can include: computerised Tomogrpahy (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Vascular Angiography, Cardio Angiogrpahy, and PIE exams. Exams will take place 23-29 October 2023. Find all the course information, including the syllabi, on our website via the link in bio.

Grow your knowledge in this year’s @JeanHailes #WomensHealthWeek (4–8 September), Australia’s biggest event dedicated to women’s health. Follow Jean Hailes for a week of brand new health information and resources, covering all things from hormones, to health checks, persistent pelvic pain, mental wellbeing and more. ⁣ Day 1: Check me out: Your guide to women’s health checks Day 2: Pain drain: Pain conditions and how to cope Day 3: Hello hormones: From PMS to perimenopause and beyond Day 4: Making it work: Tackling women’s health in the workplace Day 5: Food for thought: Healthy eating for better living

WA members, the countdown is on! 😁 Bring your brightest friends and join us for brain-busting fun at our exciting Trivia Night event 🧠 Register now via the events link in bio. 🤔 What is the chemical symbol for the element gold? A) Ag B) Au C) Go D) Gl What's your answer? Comment below ⬇

Daffofil day is a chance for Australians to come together and, for all that cancer takes; give. We all have the ability to create change in the lives of people impacted by cancer by funding cancer research. Medical Radiation Practitioners are at the forefront of diagnosing and treating cancer and as such we cannot overstate the importance of supporting cancer research. Each year, 150,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer with 1 in 2 people being affected by cancer in their lifetime. By supporting Daffodil Day, you can give hope for a future where all cancer is treatable by funding lifesaving cancer research.

"One of the main issues our profession will encounter is how we use AI... We are certainly heading in a direction where critical thinking and an ability to understand processes will become very valuable. A lot is going to change in the next 10 years, with or without our input." As part of our series showcasing the varied and interesting career pathways open to medical radiation practitioners, read our interview with Andrew Murphy. Alongside his clinical roles, Andrew is an advanced practitioner radiographer specialising in image interpretation, a fellow of ASMIRT, a managing editor at Radiopaedia and an associate editor for JMRS. Read more in September's Spectrum edition. Physical copies of Spectrum are currently being delivered. Those who opt for an online copy via the member's portal can view it now.

Journal Manuscript Peer Review Seminar Series // Online Part 2: Ensuring quality in qualitative studies Recommended for all Medical Radiation Professionals and students, join this online event to hear from experienced researchers about how to design and develop quality qualitative studies in Medical Radiation Science. Register now via the events link in our bio.