ASMIRT 2018 delegates can look forward to a packed program including a selection of inspirational invited speakers, several streams of concurrent technical sessions, hands on workshops and exciting social activities.
Thursday 15 March will include a variety of hands on pre-conference workshops and panel meetings.
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 March features the main conference and includes the Student Conference on Friday, exhibition social function on Friday evening, breakfast sessions on the Saturday, gala dinner on Saturday night and more.
Provisional program is expected to be available by mid-November.
ASMIRT 2018 features a range of local and international speakers presenting on topics that span the MRS profession with a focus on the theme care, communicate, collaborate.
See below for information on our invited speakers.
A/Prof. Turner is a radiation oncologist who has worked at the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, in Sydney, for 20 years sub-specializing in urological cancers. She was a founding member of FROGG, was on the Board of TROG, and maintains her interest in clinical research. She is on the Faculty of Radiation Oncology Council of RANZCR, and is the Clinical Lead on the Targeting Cancer campaign raising awareness of radiation therapy, which, as we know, is significantly under-utilized in Australia and New Zealand as well as around the world.
She was the immediate past Chief Censor in Radiation Oncology (clinician head of education and training in her speciality and chief examiner) and has an ongoing interest in post-graduate education. She is currently enrolled in a PhD in the area of medical leadership. She is enthusiastic about engaging radiation therapy professionals to take responsibility for promoting our amazing treatment to maximise its benefit for cancer patients.
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Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the upcoming Olympics, she was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries.
Doctors warned her parents that, even if she lived, Janine would never walk again. After major spinal surgery, and five months immobilized in a hospital bed, Janine came home to heal. She faced a daunting recovery and an uncertain future.
Struggling to rehabilitate with permanent disabilities, Janine rekindled her defiant spirit in a dramatically improbable way. Seeing a small plane fly overhead one day, she declared, “That’s it! If I can’t walk, I’ll fly!”
Janine went on to succeed not only as a commercial pilot and flight instructor but also to attain her University degree, raise three children and author a best-selling book, ‘Never Tell Me Never’, which was subsequently made into a feature length film of the same title.
Today, Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person.” has garnered over 1.7 million views. She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and recognised with her country’s highest honor, The Order of Australia for her inspiration and work in raising awareness for spinal cord research.
Julie McCrossin gets people talking and she is renowned for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice.
After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. She presented the radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, covering countless health, welfare and educational topics with a frequent rural focus. Julie was also a team leader on the media quiz show “Good News Week” for 5 years on Network Ten and ABC TV.
Currently Julie writes for the NSW Law Society Journal and facilitates conferences and seminars nationally. Julie offers a range of interactive formats that stimulate audience discussion while keeping people on topic and on time. Julie is especially known for her capacity to guide forums on sensitive topics, such as suicide prevention, mental health, child protection and family law.
Professor Charbel Saade graduated from the University of Sydney in radiography, Masters in CT and MRI, and a PhD in contrast media delivery. Charbel is currently working at the American University of Beirut. He is a frequent lecturer in international congresses like RSNA, ECR and Arab Health. Charbel has co-authored more than 90 original papers with more than 70 abstracts presented. Charbel has a strong clinical background in the field of CT and MRI.
Charbel is also Adjunct Professor of Medical Imaging at King Khaled University KSA as well as editor in chief in the international journal of medical imaging and editorial board member at the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. Charbel is the owner and convenor of MDCT.com.au and has been teaching radiographers for more than 10 years with the latest tips and tricks to reduce contrast media administration and radiation dose whilst maintaining image quality in CT and MRI. Charbel has a particular focus on education by changing radiology "one image at a time" through the eyes of a radiographer.
ASMIRT 2018 are working with Canberra Tourism to showcase all that Canberra has to offer and provide a social program that is fitting for our national conference. In addition to the social events, there are preconference workshops on Thursday 15 March, so make sure you extend your trip to include this great opportunity to learn, interact and engage with like-minded professionals.
We are excited to announce a variety of interactive workshops that will be held pre-conference on Thursday 15 March 2018 and during the conference on Friday 16 March – Sunday 18 March 2018. These workshops are fantastic additions to the main program and fit well with the conference themes of care, communicate and collaborate.
In the coming weeks, more detailed information about the content of the workshops, dates, duration and commencement times will be revealed. It is also expected that more workshops will be released in the coming weeks. Places are limited for some of these workshops so register early.
We look forward to your attendance!
All radiation therapists with an interest in clinical education are encouraged to join the Australian Radiation Therapy Clinical Educators (ARTCE) forum. This is an excellent opportunity to share ideas, problem solve and network with other radiation therapists involved in designing, teaching and managing programs for students, newly qualified staff and other healthcare professionals.
The Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC) is a world class healthcare facility that brings together various cancer management disciplines into a single, five-storey purposed built facility.
The cancer services at the centre comprise of several highly skilled teams, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology, immunology, bone marrow transplant, psychosocial services and palliative care to provide comprehensive services to patients with cancer and related illnesses and their carers.
Come for a tour and see the radiation oncology facilities and radiation therapy advancements on offer to patients in the ACT and surrounding region. Delegate numbers are limited, so register early to ensure you do not miss out.
Sometimes patients display emotions and behaviours that interfere with effective medical care (Cohen-Cole, 1990). These emotions and behaviours typically evoke negative feelings in caregivers, and this aversive reaction leads to the designation of such patients as "difficult”.
In this interactive workshop you will explore effective communication skills to assist with managing those times when patient’s feelings and behaviours are overwhelming, or interfere with your ability to do your job, as well as focus on self-care in the face of patient distress.
Participants who attend this session will
The workshop facilitator is a clinical psychologist and educator.
Please note this will not cover aggressive behaviour management or self-defence topics. If you work in an area with a high level of physical threat it is recommended you seek training such as PARTTM which is an extensive “workshop providing a comprehensive and systematic approach to the predicting, assessing and response to aggressive/challenging behaviour.”
This workshop will cover
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Authors of varying experience are welcome to join the ASMIRT 2018 Publications Workshop. At this workshop, Ms Julie McCrossin, a well-known journalist and Professor Charbel Saade, an author and editor will share their experience. A senior journal publishing manager from Wiley and the editors of Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences (JMRS) will also discuss the requirements to publish in JMRS.
This workshop will be highly relevant to you if:
Do you and members of the multi-disciplinary team in your workplace successfully collaborate and communicate producing high quality patient care? Join this workshop and share your experience.
By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
Have you ever been in a situation where you were hesitant to raise your concern to a colleague regarding patient safety? This may include making a mistake, poor clinical judgement or failure to follow a guideline that could result in untended patient harm. Have you ever tried to alert your colleague to your concerns and have it completely backfire and not resolve the situation?
In this interactive workshop you will explore effective communication skills to confidently and respectfully raise concerns with colleagues regarding patient safety during critical moments.
Limit: 25 participants per session (Sat and Sun).
The workshop will be delivered by Hugh Kearns, who is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher, with over 20 years’ experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.
You know what you want to do. You might even plan to do it. But often it doesn’t happen. Things get in the way. Competing priorities, crises and so on. This workshop draws on the latest research in psychology to explain why it’s often hard to get things done, and provides clear strategies you can use to more effectively manage yourself and your time. Topics include over commitment, juggling tasks, procrastination, distraction and perfectionism and more.
At the end of this workshop participants will be aware of strategies to:
The Teaching on the Run program is a staff development package that includes six foundation workshops designed to enable participants to apply sound teaching and learning principles in their workplace environment. This session identifies important attributes and the development of skills to support those involved as clinical supervisors in the workplace.