29 April 2020
Breast Screen and return to work
ASMIRT in conjunction with the Breast Imaging Reference Group (BIRG) have approached the Chief Medical Officers, both State and nationally, to request mammographers be allowed to return to work.
ASMIRT drew their attention to the safety measures and guidelines which the profession believe are required to perform these procedures safely in the current environment. While it is understood that the National BreastScreen program is provided by the State and Territories health services, ASMIRT is providing this advice to all stakeholders for consideration, to ensure a critical healthcare initiative for women is performed in an environment that is safe for both the mammographer and the client.
Review a summary of the measures and guidelines here.
8 April 2020
ASMIRT Position Statement – Personal Protective Equipment for Medical Radiation Practitioners during the COVID-19 Pandemic
ASMIRT has submitted a Position Statement to all Federal and State Chief Medical Officers, Health Ministers, Allied Health Officers and Secretaries of Health on behalf of all medical radiation science professionals requesting a call to action regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The request stipulated Australian governments must ensure all public and private medical imaging and radiation oncology departments have access to PPE throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and urged them to take measures immediately to ensure the health and safety of MRS professionals on the front line of this health crisis.
Read the full statement:
27 March 2020
COVID-19 Essential role of clinical radiology services position statement
A coalition of leading imaging bodies in Australia and New Zealand are concerned with reports that radiology departments and practices are experiencing difficulties accessing personal protective equipment (PPE).
ASMIRT joined with these bodies, urging the Australian and New Zealand governments to ensure all private and public clinical radiology departments and practices have access to PPE throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) joined with Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association (ADIA), Australasian Sonography Association (ASA), Medical Imaging Nursing Association (MINA), Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), and the New Zealand Institute of Medical Radiation Technology (NZIMRT) to release this position statement.
19 March 2020
Many of you would have read the recent Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia’s (MRPBA) newsletter and noted that radiographers and those working in medical radiation sciences are not included in the list of priority professions working in the health system during the COVID-19 crisis.
ASMIRT is very concerned about this and has written to Health Ministers, Chief Medical Officers and Health Secretaries requesting that this decision be reviewed. Radiographers are at the front line and need to be given the same consideration as other health and medical professionals.
Read the response here: https://
On 26 March 2020, Dr Lisa Studdart, Deputy Secretary Australian Government, released this statement, addressed to all allied health professionals. It thanks you for your dedication at this time and contains valuable resources and assures AHP’s that the Australian Government has committed to provide the necessary support to support AHPs in the response to COVID-19.
Download: Dept Health COVID-19 letter to AHPs
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