President's Message February 2017
I trust everyone had a happy and safe festive season and no doubt by the time you are reading this it will seem like a distant memory.
Looking ahead to 2017, it promises to bring in some new changes that our Board hopes will change the way our Society functions, and brings real member benefits. Perhaps the most important change by the time you are reading this will be that we have introduced our new CE. Our Board have been working hard towards getting this process completed with what we hope is a great outcome for our Society over the next few years. The role of choosing a CE for ASMIRT is perhaps the most difficult decision for any Board to make, but one that is key to achieving our goals. I hope that we can showcase our new CE at ASMMIRT 2017 in Perth. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Paul Gloster for stepping up into the role of CE over the past 12 months as well as maintaining his operational role. Paul’s steadfast commitment is remarkable and a credit to our Society. I have thoroughly enjoyed the close working relationship with Paul and one I hope will continue throughout my time as President. We are indebted to your service Paul.
If you haven’t done so already please register and get across to the west for an amazing three days of our 2017 ASMMIRT, www.asmmirt.com. I look forward to seeing you there, for an amazing program and fantastic social events. As with all ASMMIRTs our AGM will be held and you will note a notification of this in this issue. Please read and make sure you are ready to vote. Nothing too dramatic (like a name change) but important changes to our Constitution to keep us contemporary will be voted on.
As you will have noticed our insurer has changed, with us now forming a relationship with BMS. One of the great things about this relationship is their willingness to provide you, the member, clear information on what your professional indemnity insurance means to your practice. Most of you will know but we also need to get that message to your non member colleagues. We will keep you posted as we develop resources in getting this message out with BMS.
Late last year we celebrated NRRTW and you will see some highlights in this issue to reflect on and hopefully provide you some inspiration for this year. NRRTW plays a really important role in promoting our professions to our patients, the public and our other health care colleagues.
A number of big ticket items that our Board are committed to this year are getting our website and databases modernised. This may seem like a simple process but we are working on developing a very detailed tendering document so that we can be assured we are investing into our infrastructure wisely. Part of this is also getting many of our processes online, such as joining up as a member, having an online portal for payment and the option of direct debiting your membership fees. The CPD portal needs to be simple and intuitive to use.
A refreshed CPD program still remains a priority but this will require time and consideration to ensure we get it right and make it as simple for our members to understand.
There are a number of things we have going on with regards to our strategic direction which I will share when we have a clear plan. Ultimately this will be about ensuring the financial viability of our organisation.
There is much to look forward to this year and as always I welcome any feedback or ideas you might have for our organisation.