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Postponement information: ASMIRT-NZIMRT 2020 Conference

As all medical radiation practitioners are no doubt aware, we are in the midst of an expanding global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has now been categorised as a pandemic by the WHO. ASMIRT and NZIMRT extends their support to all those who have been affected by the outbreak to date – either directly or indirectly.

With respect to the ASMIRT-NZIMRT 2020 conference, participant and wider community health and safety, is of utmost importance to us, so we are ensuring that we are taking all necessary precautions regarding COVID-19.

As a result, ASMIRT-NZIMRT 2020 has been postponed.

We are currently working with the conference venue, the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) to secure another date for this event. We expect an announcement to be made on this within the next two weeks.


Program Schedule .

Attendees at the Conference will hear from a broad range of speakers on several streams of concurrent scientific and non-scientific sessions, with engaging invited speakers, interactive workshops and social functions to suit everyone.

An updated Conference program will be made available in due course, you can view the existing program below, current as of March 2020.

CPD Credits: ASMIRT members can log CPD credits for this meeting in your membership portal.

Invited Speakers .

Suzanne Rastrick – Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, England

Suzanne Rastrick qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Oxford. She began her career in the acute hospital sector, specialising in orthotics / biomechanics in the specialties of orthopaedics and rheumatology, before moving to practice in community services. She gained her first general management position as the matron of a community hospital, a role which at that time, would generally have been held…

Michele Monahan – Radiography Manager, Ireland

Michele Monahan is the Radiography manager at Michele Monahan is the Radiography Manager at Connolly Hospital in Dublin, she is also the Secretary and Past President of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy. Michele’s main areas of interest […]

Dr Michael Velec – Radiation Therapist–Clinician Scientist, Canada

Dr. Michael Velec is an MRT(T) appointed as a Radiation Therapist–Clinician Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, where he focuses on translating novel radiotherapy techniques and strategies into the clinic setting. He is an Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, and Affiliate Faculty at the Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health. Michael completed his PhD in medical sciences at the University of Toronto in 2014, and a postdoctoral…

Dr Helen McNair – Therapeutic Radiographer, England

Dr Helen McNair is the lead research radiographer at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Cancer Research.
Helen trained at the Northern Ireland School of Therapeutic Radiography in 1986. After working in Australia for two years she returned to the UK and worked in the Westminster Hospital and subsequently at the Royal Marsden Hospital from 1990. During that time, she worked on the treatment Linacs and then in pretreatment where she gained extensive experience in patient reproducibility and motion in radiotherapy…

Dr Chris Harris – Orthopaedic Paediatric Surgeon, Australia

Mr Chris Harris completed his medical and orthopaedic training in the UK, followed by fellowships in limb reconstruction, trauma and paediatric orthopaedics in Melbourne and the USA before joining the orthopaedic consultant team at Royal Children’s Hospital in 2007. He also works as a consultant surgeon in the public system at Western Health, Melbourne where he treats both adult and paediatric…

A/Prof Ronil Chandra – Consultant NeuroInterventional Radiologist, Australia

As a Consultant NeuroInterventional Radiologist, Ronil’s clinical expertise focuses on the assessment and treatment of vascular conditions of the brain, head and neck, and spine using advanced neuro-imaging and minimally invasive procedure techniques. He has performed over 1000 neurointerventional procedures to improve the lives of patients.

In his role as a senior healthcare clinician leader and academic researcher, Ronil is passionate…

Dr Giuseppe ‘Peppe’ Sasso – Clinical Director, NZ

Dr Giuseppe ‘Peppe’ Sasso is currently the Clinical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at the Northern Regional Cancer and Blood Services, Auckland City Hospital and Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), having moved to New Zealand, from Italy with his family in 2010. He attended medical school and trained as specialist in radiation oncology, both with first class honours, at the School of Medicine and Surgery of the Second University of Naples, Italy; which is renowned as one of the world’s oldest….

Professor Derek Roebuck – Professor of Paediatric Radiology, Australia

Derek Roebuck graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1984. He has come to Perth to take up the position of Professor of Paediatric Radiology at the University of Western Australia and Perth Children’s Hospital after 19 years in England, where he worked as consultant paediatric interventional radiologist and more recently Head of Clinical Service (Radiology) at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. Prior to his time in England he was Associate Professor in Radiology at the Chinese University …

Karen Dobeli – Radiographer, Australia

Karen is a radiographer consultant and CT team leader at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has experience in postgraduate lecturing and higher degree research supervision in CT and is an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Radiation […]

LEADx Presentations .

What are LEADx Presentations?

LEADx presentations are presented by leading experts on their specialised area. These presentations use a minimalist format that focuses on the presenter. Take a note of these LEADx presenters in the program, add them to your schedule and enjoy listening […]

Amanda Perdomo – LEADx Presenter

Amanda Perdomo is an Australasian College of Physical Scientists in Medicine (ACPSEM) certified diagnostic imaging medical physicist (Radiology) and is on the register of qualified medical physics specialists. She also has extensive Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) experience in a large […]

David Johnson – LEADx Presenter

David is a senior diagnostic radiographer and sonographer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  He is part of an 11-radiographer team that contributes to Australia’s first on-road CT scanner and multi-disciplinary Melbourne Stroke Unit (MSU) ambulance. With 20 years of clinical […]

Christine Vanderley-Reichner – LEADx Presenter

Christine Vanderley-Reichner graduated as a Radiographer in New Zealand in 1975. While spending most of her life a CT specialist radiographer, she is now working at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania in Safety and Quality. Christine feels continuing education in […]

Brendan Erskine – LEADx Presenter

Brendan completed his angiography training at the Alfred Hospital in 2001, becoming the modality supervisor in 2008 and is currently a Fluoroscopy supervisor radiographer, with 18 years’ experience in angiography and six years’ experience inserting over 500 PICC lines. He […]

Anthony Buxton – LEADx Presenter

A radiographer since 1978, Anthony worked in the NSW public health sector, generally in senior positions, principally specialising in CT. In 1988 he was appointed the first academic radiographer at the now Newcastle University, to develop, accredit and support the […]

Social Functions .

There will be plenty of opportunity for delegates to mingle and network with fellow medical radiations professionals across the Conference.

Social Functions are held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 2020.

Friday 15 May – Exhibition Welcome
Join these fun networking drinks, to be held in the Exhibition Hall at the Melbourne and Convention Exhibition Centre. Meet with exhibitors, colleagues and friends for drinks and finger food. The party starts straight after the conference sessions so come along from 5.00pm to 7.30pm. We then have a list of suggestions for some of Melbourne’s best bars for those who want to party on afterwards.
This event is included in your registration.

Friday 15 May – Cultural Activities
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and AFL at the MCG (Richmond vs Geelong) tickets will also be available for those who want to enjoy a cultural or sporting event after the Welcome drinks! Tickets for Harry Potter will be available for the Wednesday 13th matinee/evening or Thur 14th/Fri 15th evenings and this special price is only on offer until March 17 so be quick before they go. Times for these events will be confirmed on booking.
– AFL Game tickets – $40 inc GST per person
– Harry Potter tickets – $310 inc GST per person for both parts

Friday 15 May – Strike Bowling

Relax with fellow conference attendees with a game of 10 pin bowling at Strike Bowling Melbourne Central! Located within walking distance from the conference venue and with perfect access to public transport and parking. Prices include bowling, shoe hire, use of pool tables, pizza, chips and one drink. There is also the opportunity to purchase an additional ticket for a friend. begins at 7.30pm until around 10pm, although you are welcome to stay after that time and enjoy the facilities at regular prices.
Student members – $25, Members – $44, Non-members – $66 inc GST per person

Saturday 16 May – Saturday Gala
Gather and celebrate in one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings…The Regent Plaza Ballroom for a Vision Spectacular! The moment you enter this breathtaking historic venue, you will be swept away into a spectacular evening of entertainment and ambiance whilst enjoying Melbourne’s eclectic food and beverages and dancing the night away. Enjoy the delicious food, astonishing entertainment and the fantastic Baker Boys Band, you won’t want to miss this event! The party starts at 7.30pm, concludes 11.30pm.
$150 inc GST per person

Book your social functions when you register.

Breakfast sessions .

The early bird catches the worm! Be sure to book in soon and get up early to attend these enlightening Breakfast Sessions.

Breakfast Sessions inlcude:


Saturday 16 May – 07:30-08:30

Come and hear from Elekta representatives on the lastest technology and advancements of Elekta products. This is a free event and a light breakfast is provided. Bookings are essential, reserve your seat via the registration portal.

Workshops .

For a more intensive learning experience, facilitated by professionals passionate in their area, be sure to book in for a Workshop when you register. Places are limited at each session. Workshops will take place across morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday 14 May and morning sessions on Sunday 17 May 2020.



Posters .

Another new concept for the 2020 conference is a familiar one; the return to physical posters. The conference will offer poster presenters the opportunity to physically display their posters in the Exhibition Hall for the duration of the Conference. These posters will feature a new design concept, allowing delegates to more easily identify the content and outcomes of the work, encouraging conversations with people about their posters, thus creating more engagement and efficient learning outcomes.

Tours .

Delegates will have the opportunity to discover key building and experiences unique to Melbourne.

Tour program will be available soon.