President's Message

AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIATION THERAPY

President’s Message – September 2021

As we move towards the second half of 2021, there continues to be challenges for our frontline members and all those working in health. To help keep a positive outlook, I hope you will connect with each other to celebrate National Radiographers and Radiation Therapists’ Week, where we trust our theme of Looking to the Future will resonate with you. NRRTW will run from 8 November – World Radiography Day – to 14 November and you can find our activities, email sign-up and collateral at asmirt.org/nrrtw2021.

This year’s NAIDOC Week brought into sharp focus the important role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner workforce, as well as all medical radiation practitioners who are integral to the delivery of culturally safe and responsive care to improve the health outcomes of Indigenous patients. ASMIRT is eager to continue this journey by giving our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members a voice and opportunity to join our Indigenous Reference Group, with the aim of shaping our profession and future direction to ensure our patients receive culturally safe and equitable healthcare to help close the gap.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members can now choose to identify their cultural heritage within their member profile on the ASMIRT Members Site. ASMIRT also continue to subsidise the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Cultural Safety training for all members, and I strongly encourage you to undertake these valuable learning modules. Of special importance is our cover story, which discusses improving the health outcomes for Indigenous Australians through targeted health communication in local languages. 

We are also calling for members to nominate for the Victorian and South Australian Board positions, along with Branch positions available in all states and territories. Being part of ASMIRT means giving your skills, expertise and enthusiasm to the state and nation, assisting the growth of the Society and the profession, and we hope to see many of you apply. Full details and voting forms can be found on pages 6 and 7.

As medical radiation practitioners are constantly looking to work towards ALARA, we encourage you to read the ARPANSA article on page 17. ARPANSA has developed new occupational radiation exposure materials, educating radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, diagnostic radiographers and others on radiation risks and how to mitigate or minimise them.

And on page 18, Chair of our Breast Imaging Reference Group, Associate Professor Kelly Spuur, has authored an article on the updated Certificate of Mammographic Practice. This article will be of great benefit to anyone who is pursuing a career in breast imaging and mammography services and the new requirements needed.

This issue also features a new series on forensic radiography, brought to you by the ANZ Branch Committee of International Association of Forensic Radiographers and written by Rebecca Hastie and Edel Doyle. This fascinating side to medical imaging is gaining popularity as it works with the law and has a strong investigative focus.

We are also pleased to bring you a new Novice Research Scholarship, and I encourage all those looking at beginning their first research project to visit asmirt.org/scholarships and apply. The Victorian Medical Radiation Practitioners Education Trust also provide funds for the purposes of advancing the education of both practitioners and students who reside in Victoria. More information can be found on page 27 for those who wish to take advantage and expand their career goals.

With the scenario of rolling lockdowns in several states not likely to ease for some time, we hope you will take advantage of the many online offerings from ASMIRT and continue to build your CPD hours and personal development. Upcoming branch events are listed on page 29 in this issue of Spectrum.

As always, I hope you stay safe and well.

Bronwyn Hilder
ASMIRT President