November 2016 VIEW AS A WEB PAGE  

Welcome to e-mode

Our monthly e-newsletter is a great read and an easy way to stay informed and updated on all things ASA, including events, important announcements and industry insights. Why not pin a copy to your work noticeboard or leave a copy in your staff room? 

To make the most of your ASA membership visit our website for further information.

Dr Gillian Whalley appointed as acting CEO of the ASA

I am delighted to announce Dr Gillian Whalley as acting CEO of the ASA. Gillian, a cardiac sonographer, joined the ASA in November to lead the Institute of Diagnostic Ultrasound, and since March 2016 has been the General Manager of Education and Practice. Prior to joining the ASA, Gillian had been working in academia at the University of Auckland and as a Professor and Associate Dean of Research at Unitec Institute of Technology. Her academic career and research have always been focussed on cardiac ultrasound - she has published over 130 peer reviewed journal articles and has led several international collaborations in clinical echocardiographic research. Throughout this time, Gillian has maintained her clinical competency, volunteered as a DMU examiner, contributed to practice development projects and is regularly invited to speak at international and national conferences.

Gillian brings a wealth of experience to role and I look forward to the positive contribution that she will make. On behalf of the board I would like to thank Tracey Anthony for her energy during the time she has spent as acting CEO and we respect her decision to step down from the role to allow her to focus on her usual duties. Tracey will continue as Manager of Member Relations and will continue to support Gillian through the transition.  

Tony Forshaw


ASA Awards of Excellence

Nominations for this year's  ASA Awards of Excellence are now open. The awards honour outstanding achievement in sonography and offer a unique opportunity to celebrate our most outstanding sonographers and their exceptional contribution to the profession.

The award categories are:

  • Sonographer of the Year – The Pru Pratten Memorial Award
  • Sonographer of the Year (NSW / NT / Qld / SA / Tas / Vic / ACT / WA / NZ)
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Educator of the Year
  • Researcher of the Year
  • Workplace of the Year
  • ASA Volunteer of the Year

Further information is available from our website.

ASA2017 Brisbane - Call for papers!

Call for papers is now open and we are inviting sonographers to be an integral part of our annual international scientific conference by proffering an oral presentation or ePoster. To do this please submit an abstract of 250 words online.

What can you gain from submitting a paper or ePoster?

Presenting a paper or ePoster is the ultimate way to share ideas and gain recognition for your expertise among fellow professionals and you could win a prize for doing so! 

What type of paper or ePoster can you submit?

You can submit an oral presentation or an ePoster for inclusion in the program of the following disciplines: 

  • Abdominal
  • Breast
  • Cardiac
  • Gynaecology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Obstetrics
  • Paediatrics
  • Small Parts
  • Vascular
  • Non-clinical
  • Other

Deadlines for submissions is Tuesday 31 January 2017Submit your applications here: 

For further information please email

Rural and Remote Sonographer Scholarships – close Friday 2 December

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 & Exhibition Centre.

To be eligible, applicants must:

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

Applications close Friday 2 December 2016

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


November Membership Special - tell your friends!

New members can join the ASA as a member this month and get up to 16 month's membership for the price of 12 month's membership.

To find out the benefits of memberships, including free CPD events and member rates for our annual conference, see our website here

If they would like to know more about joining, please contact our Membership Coordinator Carly McDougall on phone: +61 3 9552 0000 or email:

Branch meetings – coming together for education

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

Date Branch
Wed 9 November Cardiac - Sydney – Case Study Evening 
Wed 9 November Wellington – NIPT, high risk screening results and early morphology at 12 & 16 weeks
Wed 16 November Toowoomba/Darling Downs – Group viewing of asawebinar 
Fri 18 November  Far North Queensland Case study evening 

* 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 16 Nov


'A bag of mixed nuts': Ultrasound of the scrotum
presented by Mark Smyth

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.

Help the conflict Orangutans with an Ultrasound for the Quarantine Centre

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project’s Quarantine Centre in Northern Sumatra receives orangutans that have been in conflict with humans. The Centre receives many animals in some pretty seriously compromised health situations and in order to improve the quality of their care, the Quarantine Centre badly needs an Ultrasound scanner. A simple black and white scanner would be of some help but a more advanced colour Doppler machine would be of more help.

To find out a bit more about the project or donate go to:

Dr Lichtenstein lung ultrasound specialist - Sydney event 

On 25-26 February 2017 Dr Daniel Lichtenstein is coming to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, from Paris to give a one and a half day course on critical care lung ultrasound. He has contributed enormously to our understanding and use of ultrasound in critical care and is one of the founding fathers of lung ultrasound.

Venue: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Kerry Packer Education (KPEC) Auditorium, Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW


Specialists: $900

Medical Trainees/Sonographers/Others: $450

All registrations include GST

See more about this event here.

Melbourne Cup Holiday tomorrow 

This edition of e-mode has been sent today (instead of tomorrow) as tomorrow is the Melbourne Cup Day holiday in Victoria and our office will be closed. 

  In This Issue  
  Welcome to e-mode

  Dr Gillian Whalley appointed as acting CEO of the ASA

  Awards of excellence

  ASA2017 Brisbane - Call for papers!

  Rural and Remote Scholarships - closing soon

  Join the ASA's CPD program today!

  November Membership Special

  Branch meetings – coming together for education

  asawebinars – learn in the comfort of your own home

  Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project

  Dr Lichtenstein lung ultrasound specialist - Sydney event

  Melbourne Cup Holiday tomorrow


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