The year is flying by, and we find ourselves already halfway through 2021! After many deferments, last month the combined ASMIRT- NZIMRT Re-Vision Conference was finally held. Originally scheduled for May 2020, significant replanning was done due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with initial postponements, then morphing from a face-to-face event to a hybrid event – and then just a few weeks before it was due to go ahead, the decision was made to take it to a fully-virtual event. What a wise decision that turned out to be! Just one week out from the conference and Victoria was plunged back into another state-wide lockdown.
Close to 900 delegates attended the conference over 4 to 7 June – managed from the lockdown sitting rooms and bedrooms of our conference events team! The strain and extra work that this created for the conference committee and conference events team cannot be underestimated. But what a conference it turned out to be! On behalf of all members and other delegates I send them a big “thank you”. I was going to talk about some of the highlights – but there were just so many it’s hard to know where to start!
Perhaps for me, as President, one of the highlights of the conference was the bestowing of ASMIRT awards. I would like to acknowledge all the award winners – the Nicholas Outterside, the Life Members, the new Fellows, Varian Award winner and recertified Advanced Practitioners. They are all outstanding members of the profession, and an inspiration for all medical radiation professionals. Details of the awards can be found in the special conference review pages in this issue of Spectrum, and citations for the awardees are available on the ASMIRT website at www.asmirt.org/awards-and-scholarships/.
During a normal ASMIRT face-to-face conference, it is traditional for the President to host a luncheon for the Past Presidents in the host state. This year, being virtual, I invited all the Past Presidents to join me – not for lunch, but for an evening ‘meeting’ over cheese and wine. Nineteen of the Past Presidents joined me on Zoom, and we had a wonderful discussion about the past, present and future of ASMIRT. It was heartening to hear their views on where the Society sits today, and their ideas about its future.
Our next annual conference will be held in May 2022 in Cairns. I sincerely hope that by the time this comes around our lives will have returned to normal, and we can meet face-to-face.
In the May issue of Spectrum, I mentioned that the Society had received a significant bequest from the estate of the late Dorothy Lorimer. Please turn to page 5 for a biography of Dorothy, kindly compiled and written in consultation with Gillian Tickall and others. Further details of the way in which this bequest will be utilised will be announced soon.
Stay safe and well.