October 2016 VIEW AS A WEB PAGE  

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ASA2017 Brisbane – save the date! 

The ASA’s 3-day premier annual event for sonographers brings together:

  • ground-breaking research from international keynote speakers
  • cutting edge techniques, technologies and trends
  • invaluable networking opportunities, workshops and case studies

Come for a conference, stay for a holiday!

Early–mid October 2016 | Call for papers opens
Early–mid November 2016 | Program and website launch
Monday 21 November 2016 | Early bird registration opens
End January 2017 | Call for papers closes
Monday 3 April 2017 | Early bird registration closes

Rural and Remote Sonographer Scholarships – apply today!

Do you live and work in a rural or remote area? Apply today for $1000 towards attending ASA2017 Brisbane.

The ASA is committed to supporting sonographers living and working in rural and remote areas and is again offering the highly sought after Rural and Remote Sonographer Scholarships.The scholarships provide up to three sonographers who live and work in rural and remote areas with financial assistance of $1000 each towards attending the ASA's annual international conference. In 2017, the conference will be held in Brisbane from 2–4 June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • live in Australia or New Zealand, and more than 100 km from a major capital city
  • submit a letter stating why they would benefit from attending ASA2017 Brisbane
  • be an ASA financial member.

Applications close Friday 2 December 2016

To find out more and download the application form, visit the ASA website

Latest issue of soundeffects news – now online

The latest issue of soundeffects news (Issue 3, September 2016) is available online. The ASA's quarterly newsletter is a key source of news and information about sonography and the ASA – and it's available exclusively to ASA members. If there is a topic you would like us to cover, or you want to write about, please contact the editor.

SIG2016 Queenstown – highlights!

Our 12th Special Interest Group symposium in Queenstown, New Zealand, in September was a huge success, offering all who attended a remarkable professional development experience in one of the world's most stunning locations. We have received glowing feedback from many of our sponsors, invited speakers and delegates. As one member put it: "Hashtag, best conference ever!".

Highlights included:

  • traditional Maori welcome from the local primary school children
  • high quality program delivered by esteemed experts in the fileds of O+G and MSK sonography
  • sports medicine leaders Professor Jill Cook and Professor John Orchard
  • Zika virus presentation from Ryan McLane, NZ Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Team
  • Saturday night networking function, complete with Polynesian leis and lurid Hawaiian shirts
  • snow-capped peaks and big blue skies.

The ASA Board of Directors thanks the SIG2016 Queenstown Convening Committee – particularly Steve Mackintosh and Deb Mackintosh – for putting together the exciting education program, along with all the delegates, volunteers and of course our wonderful sponsors for their continued support, especially Platinum sponsors GE Healthcare, Philips, Siemens Healthineers and Toshiba Medical.

Look out for the full wrap-up, including photos, in the December issue of soundeffects news.

Branch meetings – coming together for education

We've got some great branch education meetings lined up for the next 4 weeks. Book early to secure your place.

Date Branch
Tue 4 October Northern Territory – Pilates session
Tue 11 October Northern Territory – Pilates session 
Tue 11 October Mackay – Quiz night
Wed 12 October Toowoomba/Darling Downs – Group viewing of asawebinar (IOTA/IETA)
Fri 14 October Queensland – Obstetric interesting cases
Tue 18 October Western Australia – Paediatrics
Tue 18 October Northern Territory – Pilates session 
Wed 19 October Illawarra – Interesting cases evening 
Thu 20 October Far North Queensland MSK - the foot (live scanning)
Thu 20 October South Australia The Placenta 
Sat 22 October Victoria  MSK lower limb workshop with live scanning
Tue 25 October New South Wales  WHS and Pilates class
Tue 25 October Northern Territory – Pilates session
Sat 29 October Auckland-Waikato  Ultrasound of the pelvic floor

* Dates and topics may change. To view the full list of branch education meetings, visit the calendar of events on the ASA website


asawebinars – learn in the comfort of your own home

Our live and recorded asawebinars extend the reach of training to all members. They are delivered by highly experienced subject matter experts and specifically designed to address the educational needs of sonographers. Our asawebinars offer an easy and flexible way to learn, enabling you to meet the challenges of maintaining best practice and achieve your mandatory CPD requirements. All live asawebinars are brought to ASA members free of charge because of the partnership between Philips and the ASA.


Date Live asawebinar 
Wed 12 Oct

IOTA/IETA - an overview of the international ultrasound criteria for the classification of ovarian and endometrial cancer
presented by Dr Patricia Lai

Wed 16 Nov

'A bag of mixed nuts': Ultrasound of the scrotum
presented by Mark Smyth
More info to come

Check out our live asawebinar series for 2016. Information is accurate at the time of publication, but dates and topics may change.

To catch up on asawebinars at a time that is convenient for you, visit our asawebinar library. You can register for access to recorded asawebinars for up to 12 months. See our website for more information.

ASA travelling workshops

The ASA's travelling workshops cater for sonographers living in regional and rural locations across Australia and cities in New Zealand who have limited access to CPD opportunities. These events are free for all ASA members. Workshops have limited places and are often booked out weeks in advance, so register early to secure your place. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of our corporate partners GE Healthcare and Siemens Healthineers for sponsoring the workshops.

Upcoming travelling workshops

Date Travelling workshop 
Sat 15 October WELLINGTON – Fetal heart sonography presented by Ann Quinton and proudly sponsored by GE HEALTHCARE ***BOOKED OUT***
Sat 15 October BROOME – Advanced UPPER limb MSK presented by Marguerite Leber
Sun 16 October BROOME – Advanced LOWER limb MSK presented by Marguerite Leber
Sat 12 November ADELAIDE – Obstetric and gynaecological sonography presented by Paula Kinnane and proudly sponsored by GE HEALTHCARE
Sat 12 November COFFS HARBOUR – Making the diagnosis in MSK injury presented by Greg Lammers and proudly sponsored by SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS

* Dates and topics may change. To view the full series, click here


Sonography App

The Sonography journal now goes everywhere you go. Download the free app from the App Store and keep up-to-date with the latest research and complete issues.  

  • Convenient access to articles anytime, anywhere
  • Quick navigation to any section of the app
  • Immediate access to new content
  • Select keywords for tailored content alerts 
  • Download issues to read offline, or share important articles
  • Enhanced search across all downloaded content
  • Sync your favorite app content across devices via iCloud

Available in the App Store: iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Coming soon to Android.

Short courses in health economics (Sydney)

This month, the Macquarie Centre for the Health Economy is running two training sessions in collaboration with The University of Melbourne. 

  • Designing economic evaluation alongside clinical trials – 25 October
  • Incorporating health economics into grant applications – 26 October

Click here for more information.

ISUOG statement on ultrasound exposure in the first trimester and autism spectrum disorders

A study that suggests that heterogeneity in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms results from exposure to diagnostic ultrasound during early pregnancy was recently published. The ISUOG Safety Committee reviewed this paper and other related epidemiological literature, and has found no scientifically proven association between ultrasound exposure in the first or second trimesters and ASD. For full details, read the ISUOG Safety Statement on ultrasound exposure in the first trimester and autism spectrum disorders. 

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) survey

We are currently working with Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) to help guide the ongoing rollout and development of My Health Record by the Department of Health. As part of that work, AHPA is currently seeking responses from any practitioners working in private practice to a short survey. The survey should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and three random participants will be chosen to receive a $500 Coles Myer Voucher. To be eligible for the prize, surveys must be completed by Friday, 21 October 2016. Start the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/37VJNMB

Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

A diagnosis of cancer and its subsequent treatment involves multiple health professionals and many services over an extended time. This pathway is different in each type of cancer. During 2015–16, the National Cancer Expert Reference Group achieved national endorsement of the Optimal Cancer Care Pathways (OCPs) and agreement from Australian governments to pilot the adoption of some of these pathways. OCPs have been developed for 15 tumour streams. Further info: http://www.cancer.org.au/health-professionals/optimal-cancer-care-pathways.html

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  In This Issue  
  Welcome to e-mode

  ASA2017 Brisbane – save the date!

  Rural and Remote Sonographer Scholarships – apply today!

  Latest issue of soundeffects news – now online

  SIG2016 Queenstown – highlights!

  Branch meetings – coming together for education

  Join the ASA's CPD program today!

  asawebinars – learn in the comfort of your own home

  ASA travelling workshops

  GE live webinar

  Sonography App

  Short courses in health economics (Sydney)

  ISUOG statement on ultrasound exposure in the first trimester and autism spectrum disorders

  Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) survey

  Optimal Cancer Care Pathways

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