December 2016 VIEW AS A WEB PAGE  
An end of year message from Dr Gillian Whalley, Acting CEO
This will be the final e-mode for 2016 and caps a year of highs and innovative changes demonstrating that the ASA continues to grow and lead the sonography profession in Australasia.
  • In 2016 we attained our highest ever membership numbers – 4700+ and growing.
  • The Melbourne conference was our biggest ever, both in terms of attendees and sessions, and was declared a success by those who attended.
  • The ASA offered its first education qualification – the Postgraduate certificate in MSK interventions, in conjunction with The University of Essex.
  • We introduced a new level of member recognition – the Associate Fellow and Fellowship of the ASA.
Throughout the year, we have seen changes in the office, including the departure of our CEO in the middle of the year. As we prepare for the holiday season, we are looking forward to a year of consolidation and further innovation. The biggest of these will be our new database and website, which will offer a better user experience. None of this would be possible without the hard working staff, supportive and reliable Board of Directors, and the myriad of ASA volunteers who deliver and organise our branch meetings and education events; serve on our many committees; and offer support when needed the most. The ASA would simply not exist without you all. I hope you enjoy some relaxation over the summer and enjoy the holiday season.
Kind regards,
Changes to Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD) for sonographers
The ASAR has announced that the minimum number of professional development points required per triennium will be increasing from 40 to 60. This is in order to bring sonographer CPD requirements in line with those of other health professions. The new CPD requirement will take effect as of 1 January 2017.  
  • Only sonographers who begin a new triennium from 1 January 2017 will be required to accrue 60 CPD points from 2017.
  • Sonographers who are currently mid-way through their triennium will not be required to accrue 60 CPD points until their next triennium.
  • The new CPD framework along with any changes to CPD activities, points allocations and caps, will apply to all sonographers as of 1 January 2017.
  • The ASA will manage the transition of CPD points for PD-asa members.
  • The ASA’s CPD database will be updated with the new rules and available as soon as possible in the new year to support these changes.
Please refer to our website for more information. The ASA will advise sonographers of any updates relating to the changes in CPD requirements. If you wish to discuss these changes please contact our PD-asa Program Coordinator email: or +61 3 9552 0000.

ASA2017 Brisbane - Early bird registrations now open!

The ASA is pleased to announce that the ASA's 24th annual international conference, being held 2-4 June 2017 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, is now open for registration.

The conference theme is IMPACT and will cover the impact of new technology, the impact we as sonographers have on patient management and diagnosis, the impact our professionalism has on patients and the impact research has on clinical practice. The program showcasing will cover a broad range of topics across all streams in O&G, MSK, vascular, abdominal and small parts, paediatrics and cardiac ultrasound.

Call for papers is also open for sonographers who wish to proffer an oral presentation or ePoster. To do this please submit an abstract of 250 words online.

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

For further information please email

Are you interested in reviewing articles for Sonography?

You can now register your participation as a peer reviewer with Publons.

Peer reviewers of Sonography can opt-in to have their reviews automatically added to their Publons profiles.

At Publons, the goal is to turn peer review into a research activity that is just as rewarding as publishing an article itself by providing a way to record, verify, and showcase your peer review contributions. You can read more about Publons on their website

If you would like to peer review for the Sonography journal contact the Editor 

All reviews are eligible for CPD points.

Member Satisfaction Survey

Since our last Member Satisfaction Survey in 2015, the ASA has seen continued growth in membership. With over 4,700 members, including a rapidly growing base in New Zealand, the ASA is the peak body and leading voice for sonographers.

The ASA Member Satisfaction Survey 2016 is now open and will close 5.00 pm AEDT on Friday 9 December 2016. We encourage you to complete the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes, to provide us with your feedback.

Branch meetings – coming together for education

We've got some great branch education meetings lined up before Christmas. Book early to secure your place.

Date Branch
Tues 6 December  South Australia Branch education meeting - also available as a virtual classroom for all sonographers across Australia and NZ
Wed 14 December  Toowoomba/Darling Downs – Group viewing of asawebinar 
Thurs 15 December  ACT Branch education meeting - students and new graduates 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





Expressions of Interest for membership to the Victorian Clinical Council
The Department of Health and Human Services is now seeking expressions of interest for membership to the newly established Victorian Clinical Council. The Victorian Clinical Council will put clinicians front and centre to provide clinical leadership to Government, the Department of Health & Human Services and Victoria's health services on how to make the system safer and provide better care to all Victorians.
The Victorian Clinical Council will comprise a multidisciplinary membership of 60 people including clinicians and consumers. A minimum of 30 members will be appointed across the following member categories:
·         General practitioners
·         Nurses
·         Allied health practitioners
·         Medical staff
·         Paramedics
·         Public health service / hospital CEO (as defined in the Health Service Act)
·         Private hospital CEO
You are eligible to apply if you currently work in Victoria in one of these disciplines or areas in either the public or private sector. Members will be appointed to ensure emerging clinical leaders as well as rural and regional Victoria are well represented.
For all enquiries regarding the appointment process, please contact the Victorian Clinical Council Secretariat via or phone Juliette Begg at the Department of Health and Human Services on 9096 2159.
The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 16 December 2016.

Christmas opening hours

The ASA office will be closed from Friday 23 December to Monday 2 January. 

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas from all of us at the ASA! 

  In This Issue  
  An end of year message from Dr Gillian Whalley, Acting CEO

  Changes to Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD) for sonographers

  ASA2017 Brisbane - Early bird registrations now open!

  Are you interested in reviewing articles for Sonography?

  Member Satisfaction Survey

  Branch meetings – coming together for education


  Expressions of Interest for membership to the Victorian Clinical Council

  Office closure 23 December - 2 January


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