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ASMIRT (formerly AIR) position statement on sonographers performing low-risk ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal interventions
Posted 30th June 2016


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The ASMIRT fully supports the Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA) position of Sonographers role in performing low-risk ultrasound guided musculoskeletal interventions. With appropriate education and training, as has been developed in collaboration between the ASA and the University of Essex (UK), there is a recognised pathway which ensures practitioners are appropriately trained and credentialed to accepted clinical practice standards in the performance of these interventions.

The legislation in Australia around medication administration is State based and often provides confusion. There are some jurisdictions where the legislation supports this practice, although regrettably this is not universal. The ASMIRT strongly urges State and Territory governments to review their legislation to remove any confusion in support of this practice, which is evidenced-based, safe, high quality and patient centric.

Within the Australian context the ASMIRT supports any role of allied health practitioners that improves the accessibility to high quality, safe, evidenced based, credentialed care to the ever increasing demands on the health care continuum. The ASMIRT recognises and values the synergistic relationships between medical, nursing and allied health professions in the delivery of effective health care.  In particular, the ASMIRT recognises the need for medical judgement to be exercised in determining the appropriateness of the examination.  However, once this clinical judgment has been exercised, the administration of ultrasound guided injections is demonstrably within the scope of practice of an appropriately trained and credentialed allied health care professional. The position of RANZCR in opposition to this role is disappointing, not only with regards to this particular intervention, but more broadly in failing to recognise the global shift in health care where highly skilled and credentialed allied healthcare practitioners with expanded scopes of practice are better able to meet the demands placed on modern health care system.  This model places the care of the patient above all other considerations, and represents the safest and most effective use of increasingly limited health care resources.

We urge RANZCR, ASA and all associated professional bodies to work positively and collaboratively where the primary outcome is patient focussed.

For more information please contact ASMIRT: info@air.asn.au

ASMIRT (formerly AIR) position statement on the change to the Radiation Safety Regulation Queensland (2010) allowing Registered Nurses to request plain film imaging
Posted 30th June 2016

 

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Recently the Queensland Government changed the Radiation Safety Regulation (2010) allowing Registered Nurses to request plain film diagnostic radiography. The regulation can be found here: http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/R/RadiatSafyR10.pdf

The ASMIRT wrote to the Queensland Premier, Queensland Health Minister and the Queensland Health Director General raising its concerns at the lack of consultation in this process of key stakeholders and the removal of any credentialing process to requesting imaging. Following a response from Michael Walsh as QH Director General, the ASMIRT has written to the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (Queensland) to provide further details around education and training tools and the development of a credentialing process. This correspondence can be viewed here. The ASMIRT is still awaiting a response from the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (Queensland).

The ASMIRT considers that the change in legislation, while poorly consulted, has a place in the modern health care setting particularly in the regional, rural and remote sectors. However, the removal of any credentialing to this skill set places our patients at an increased risk of unnecessary radiation dose, the potential for inappropriate requesting,  and furthermore compromises our clinicians in providing appropriate high quality and safe healthcare to their patients.

Currently within Queensland Health the legislation allows Physiotherapists to request imaging, which has a clearly articulated credentialing process. That there is no credentialing for a Registered Nurse is inappropriate when considering the lack of radiation safety training provided in the tertiary education for nurses, and a relative paucity of clinical exposure to plain film radiography for many qualified registered nurses.

The ASMIRT reminds our members of their professional responsibility in ensuring that they advocate for their patient with regards to radiation safety should they have concerns of the clinical justification of the examination.  If after consultation with the referrer the Radiographer undertakes an examination which they still have concerns with, it is important that the Radiographer accurately documents their concerns.

Until a clear credentialing process is in place the ASMIRT suggests that if its members receive an inappropriate request form from a Registered Nurse, and in the absence of being able to escalate their concerns to a Medical Practitioner, that the Radiographer can postpone the examination until such a time that further medical opinion is available. The ASMIRT also suggests that a request for imaging of our most vulnerable patients (paediatrics), should only be accepted from a Medical Practitioner or a Nurse Practitioner where paediatrics is within their scope of practice.

Please contact ASMIRT if you have any queries.

Fellowship Guidelines Now Available
Posted 17th June 2016
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The Fellowship Guidelines are now available for viewing here.

AIR Office closed Monday 13 June
Posted 10th June 2016

 

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The AIR offices will be closed on the Queen's Birthday, Monday 13th June 2016. The office will re-open on Tuesday 14th of June 2016 to assist you with your enquiries. 

Gradual Rollout of New Constitution & Adoption of the New Name
Posted 9th June 2016
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The implementation and adoption of the recently changed Constitution and name change will begin roll out over the next six to 12 months. As previously stressed the roll out will be gradual involving a considerable number of areas including – website, email, stationery, branding, logos, reference and many other elements. The board asks that members are patient with the gradual rollout.

The official name change occurred on Thursday 19th of May. This was following confirmation from  the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) 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.

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. ASIC administers the registration of business names and holds the legal authority for business name changes.  

ARPANSA launches Radiation Protection of the Patient Module
Posted 7th June 2016

As the use of medical imaging continues to increase so does the demand for practitioners working in the health industry to stay informed of the risks and benefits of working with radiation. In recognising this demand the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), in collaboration with the health sector has produced a Radiation Protection of the Patient (RPOP) Module to increase understanding of the radiation safety aspects of medical imaging. The ASMIRT (formerly AIR), along with other key stakeholders, also assisted in the development of the module.

The module’s aim is to provide information for referrers to help assure that radiation use is justified and patients are not exposed unnecessarily. It will also ensure information is available for our practitioners to better communicate the benefits and risks of medical imaging modalities to patients. It should serve as a tool to our members in maintaining contemporary knowledge and understanding of radiation safety.

CPD can be accrued for undertaking this module.

Members can lodge this via the non appellated section (non app – 000080 online e learning module) of the CPD lodgement area.

Click here to view the module.

Apply for CT Certification Exam & MRI Level 1 Exam to be held on Sunday 18 September 2016
Posted 6th June 2016

 


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Application forms are now available for the examinations to be held on Sunday 18 September 2016. These include:

  • CT Certification Examination
  • MRI Level 1 Certification Examination
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist MRI Level 1 Examination

Please visit http://www.air.asn.au/ct.php and http://www.air.asn.au/mri.php to access the Application Forms and Supervisor Declaration forms.

Expressions of Interest (EOI): Become a member of the Medical Imaging Advisory Panel 2
Posted 1st June 2016

An invitation is extended for three new members to apply to join the Medical Imaging Advisory Panel 2 (MIAP2) of the ASMIRT (AIR).

Nominees should be “Radiographers – Sonographers” who possess a strong interest in the continuum of competency open to practitioners, with an emphasis on general ultrasound. The invitation is open to members currently engaged in academic practice.

Three vacancies currently exist.

Interested applicants for the MIAP2 position will need to address the following criteria;

  • Current financial member of the ASMIRT (formerly Australian Institute of Radiography)
  • Extensive clinical experience and knowledge in Medical Ultrasound
  • Experience in Breast Imaging is not essential
  • Clinical experience in Australian Medical Imaging would be advantageous
  • Able to devote approximately four hours per week for MIAP2 business
  • Available to travel to Melbourne up to twice per year
  • Strong communication skills
  • Reliability and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines

This is a Board appointment, although endorsed Branch nominations may also be submitted.

Written applications with a current CV should be submitted no later than COB on Friday 6 July 2016 addressed to:

Acting Chief Executive – Confidential MIAP2 appointment
Australian Institute of Radiography
PO Box 16234
Collins Street West Vic 8007

Or email addressed to the Chief Executive: execoff@air.asn.au  

(Submissions must be in Word format as an attachment)