ASA awards of excellence

The ASA Awards of Excellence honour outstanding achievement in sonography. They offer a unique opportunity to celebrate our most outstanding sonographers and their exceptional contribution to the profession.

2016 ASA Awards of Excellence

The ASA Awards of Excellence presentations were held during our annual international conference (ASA2016 Melbourne) at the Awards of Excellence Breakfast and ASA2016 Melbourne Gala Dinner on Saturday 14 May 2016.

The ASA congratulates all of the ASA Awards of Excellence recipients and nominees, and thanks the nominators and adjudication committee for their efforts and support to ensure the ongoing success of the Awards of Excellence program.

2016 award recipients
  • Kerry Thoirs Sonographer of the Year – The Pru Pratten Memorial Award / Researcher of the Year
  • Jill Muirhead Sonographer of the Year – New Zealand
  • Donna Traves Sonographer of the Year – Queensland
  • Jennifer Alphonse Sonographer of the Year – New South Wales
  • Gary McCulloch Sonographer of the Year – South Australia
  • Diane Jackson Sonographer of the Year – Victoria
  • Sandra O'Hara Sonographer of the Year – Western Australia
  • Rebecca Cooper Mentor of the Year
  • Carolynne Cormack Educator of the Year
  • Tracey Taylor Volunteer of the Year
  • St Vincent's Hospital Sydney – Ultrasound Department Workplace of the Year

There were no nominations for Sonographer of the Year – Tasmania / Northern Territory / Australian Capital Territory.

Pictured from left to right: Guest speaker Adam Elliot, Jill Muirhead, Tracey Taylor, Sandra O'Hara, Diane Jackson, Gary McCulloch, Carolynne Cormack, Rebecca Cooper, Kerry Thoirs, Jennifer Alphonse, Solange Obeid (St Vincent's), Sarah Skillen (St Vincent's), ASA President Tony Forshaw.

Why does the ASA offer these prestigious awards?

There is no better way to recognise and celebrate the important role of sonographers in the healthcare sector than through nominating those who you believe would be a worthy recipient of one of these prestigious awards.

Award categories

The ASA Awards of Excellence are offered in the following categories:

  • 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
Sonographer of the Year – The Pru Pratten Memorial Award

The prestigious Sonographer of the Year – The Pru Pratten Memorial Award is awarded to an outstanding sonographer who, by their personal efforts and desire for excellence, has advanced the profession of sonography.

The 2016 Sonographer of the Year is Kerry Thoirs (pictured).

There is no nomination process in this category because the winners from all award categories (excluding Workplace of the Year and ASA Volunteer of the Year) are automatically considered for this award.

Recipients are able to receive this award on more than one occasion. The award recipient with the highest points across the eligible award categories will be the winner.

Benefits of receiving an ASA Award of Excellence

The benefits of receiving an ASA Award of Excellence includes:

  • receiving recognition amongst fellow sonographers
  • being rewarded for your efforts
  • broad recognition of your commitment to professional excellence
  • boosting team morale
  • contributing to raising the profile of sonography and promoting standards of excellence
  • an enhanced professional reputation.
What will you receive as a recipient of an ASA Award of Excellence?

All recipients receive:

  • a certificate and trophy recognising their achievement
  • exclusive access to the Awards of Excellence Breakfast acknowledging recipients of the ASA Awards of Excellence
  • recognition through ASA publications, including the ASA website, soundeffects news and e-mode
  • entitlement to use the ASA Awards of Excellence logo for endorsement
  • acknowledgement in ASA media releases.
Selection and judging the ASA Awards of Excellence

What you need to know about the selection and judging the nominations includes:

  • the independent judging panel consists of experts within sonography.
  • to ensure fair process, each judge is required to declare any conflicts of interest.
  • to preserve privacy principles, each judge is required to complete a confidentiality declaration.
  • the selection of ASA Awards of Excellence recipients is based solely on the selection criteria.
Past recipients

To find out who the past recipients of the ASA Awards of Excellence are, visit the ASA Awards of Excellence Honour Roll.