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AGM Announcement and Change of Name
Posted 20th May 2016
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NAME CHANGE FROM AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF RADIOGRAPHY TO AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIATION THERAPY

A fundamental strategy of the Board of Directors is to strive to ensure that our organisation maintains its relevance, significance and importance as the peak national body representing MRS practitioners working in Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine as well as the broader MRS community.  A key driver in this arena is the rapidly advancing technologies (e.g. PET/CT – PET/MR) which constantly threaten to blur the boundaries between different modalities.  We also see rapid changes and advancements in relation to extensions to scopes of practice with the additional potential for the blurring of boundaries.  Providing all of the above is underpinned with rigorous training, education and re-education of skilled and credentialed MRS practitioners then these changes can be seen as positive, providing that superlative patient care, best possible patient outcomes, and grade “A” patient safety are held as core and non-negotiable objectives overriding other considerations. 

In this rapidly changing technological environment, the Board of Directors needs to ensure that strong decisions are made now to stand us in good stead for years to come and in order to continue to strengthen our position as the peak national body and to support the very large body of MRS professionals who form our membership – just as those bold and considered decisions were made in the past by previous Boards.

At our recent AGM in Brisbane on 23 April 2016, voting members of the Institute were asked to consider a change to the Constitution and the name of the organisation. We were pleased to announce an overwhelming vote of support for the following two special resolutions:

# Replacement of our old Constitution with a brand new document, much more closely aligned with the Corporations Act and allowing us to move with the times and to open up new forms of membership to the broader MRS community.

# Adoption of a new name “Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy” – to more accurately describe our full population of members – through the spectrum of MRS practitioners working with ionising and non-ionising radiation in the Medical Imaging arena through the range of MRS practitioners working in the realms of Radiation Therapy.

The result of the voting at the AGM (representing in-person as well as proxy votes) was overwhelmingly in support of both the new name and the new Constitution.

At the Gala Dinner, the new President, Patrick Eastgate announced the results of the vote from the AGM. It was announced that as a result of some questions from the floor, regarding the precise wording employed in the special resolution in favour of the name change, that we would take the decision for a vote for the new name to a forthcoming General Meeting to be held in Tasmania in August.

Further advice was recently sought with respect to the precise wording of the special resolution, and discussions with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) ensued.  ASIC have confirmed that the special resolution wording employed in the voting/proxy form and AGM invitation regarding the adoption of the name change (coupled with the overwhelming vote of approval for the change of name) was sufficient to warrant the change of name of our organisation.  As a result of the above, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that as of Thursday 19th May 2016, the Australian Institute of Radiography is now called the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy as displayed on the online ASIC Register of Companies.

Further announcements and information will follow and the uptake and implementation of the new name will be an incremental process that involves a considerable number of areas – website, email, stationery, branding, logos and many other elements.  The transition will be gradual and further announcements to members will follow over the coming weeks and months.

I am pleased to announce these fundamental changes and am confident that with the new Constitution, our new name (which so much more accurately reflects the diversity of our treatment and imaging professionals: Radiation Therapy; Nuclear Medicine; and the full gamut within Medical Imaging to include non-ionising modalities such as Ultrasound and MRI) and the drive and determination of the Board of Directors to strengthen the position of our organisation that the future is bright.

Patrick Eastgate
President

Paul Gloster
Acting Chief Executive

Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

AIR Membership Renewals 2016/17
Posted 6th May 2016
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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS - 2016/17

The Board of Directors of the AIR has approved fee increases for the various fee-paying AIR membership categories, for the forthcoming membership renewal year: July 2016 to June 2017. For example, the full Ordinary Membership fee will increase from $495.00 (inc. GST) to $530.00 (inc GST). This increase reflects the impact of rising operating costs across a number of areas during the previous membership years.

We have previously indicated possible future changes in relation to the payroll deduction payment method. Whilst these changes remain in the planning phase, please note that for the forthcoming membership renewal year (July 2016 - June 2017) there will be NO CHANGES to the current arrangements.

It should further be noted that whichever method of payment is employed (direct/upfront payment or payroll deduction/incremental payment), professional membership fees paid to the Australian Institute of Radiography are tax deductible.

All members with a valid email address recorded with the Institute will receive an email renewal notice (with easy, quick-pay code) from early May. Paper notices will subsequently be issued in early June to those members who have yet to pay.

We encourage all members to renew this year via the upfront payment method and utilising the Institute’s secure and simple online payment facility via the AIR homepage membership renewal banner.

Paul Gloster

Acting Chief Executive

MRI / CT and Angiography Certification Exam Results - 19 March 2016 Sittings
Posted 2nd May 2016

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Certification Examinations - CT (Intermediate) / MRI Level 1 / Angiography Pilot (19 March 2016 Sittings) Results - Pass Lists

The MRI Level 1 Certification Examination pass list of successful candidate ids can be found via the following link.

The CT (Intermediate) Certification Examination pass list of successful candidate ids can be found via the following link.

The Cardiac and Vascular Interventional Imaging (Angiography) Pilot Certification Examination pass list of successful candidate ids can be found via the following link.

All candidates will be notified directly by mail from the week commencing 2 May 2016.

Any questions in relation to the exam must be directed to state supervisors.

Examiners decision is final.