President's Message

AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIATION THERAPY

President’s Message – December 2021

We are finally at the end of 2021, it’s been another long COVID year, but I think everyone is looking forward to the end of the year and a new beginning for 2022.

It is my great pleasure to make some significant announcements regarding the Board of Directors of ASMIRT. Carolyn Heyes will be stepping down from her role as the Victorian Board Director at the AGM in May 2022, as she has been elected by her fellow Directors to take on the role of President when my term of office comes to an end. Carolyn has represented Victoria since March 2013. Carolyn will be replaced by Dr Nigel Anderson, Radiation Therapy Manager at Austin Health in Melbourne and Chair of the ASMIRT Research Committee, who has been elected to take on the role as the Victorian Board Director from that date.

Shayne Chau is stepping down from his role as the South Australian Board Director as he moves interstate, and Rachel Kearvell will be replacing him from the AGM in May 2022. Shayne has been on the Board for just over 18 months and has the dubious distinction of having been unable to meet with his co-directors face-to-face to date, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully we can manage to rectify that before he steps down! I would like to thank Shayne very much for his contribution to the strategic direction of the Society throughout his tenure and wish him well for his new role at RMIT University.

There are several events scheduled for 2022 that will be opening soon for registration, including the MedRad Forum – to be held in Newcastle from 12 to 13 March – and the 16th National ASMIRT Conference – ASMIRT 2022, which will be held in Cairns from 19 to 22 May. I am particularly looking forward to meeting with many of you as I can at the conference in Cairns. This will be our first face-to-face national conference for three years and it will be invigorating to be learning, networking, meeting presenters and discussing ideas in person. Other highlights will be hearing from our keynote speaker the National Rural Health Commissioner, Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart, hands-on workshops, local site visits and a social program including a Tropical Friday Pool Party, the Gala Dinner at Hemingway’s Brewery, and much more. I for one will be staying on to experience the inviting Land, Sea and People of the beautiful Far North Queensland region as the conference closes, and taking some time to explore Cairns, the reef and surrounds. We recommend bringing your families and loved ones and do the same.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading your member magazine throughout the year; a magazine that aims to keep you up to date with Society and industry news. As always, if you would like to contribute to Spectrum, or there is a topic you would like us to cover in 2022, please feel free to drop us an email at spectrum@asmirt.org.

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.

Bronwyn Hilder
ASMIRT President