ASMIRT 2024 Program

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.

 

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CPD Endorsement

CPD Hours
ASMIRT will log CPD hours for all full and student members attending the conference.

Endorsed CPD hours:
• ASMIRT 2024 Conference: 6-8.5 hours per day
• ASMIRT 2024 Conference Workshops: 1.5-4 hours as per workshop
• ASMIRT 2024 Conference Site Visits: 2.5 – 5 hours per visit

In addition to the CPD hours for attendance, you may be eligible to apply for non-appellate CPD hours for:
• Giving Presentations – NONAPP-002083
• Present a Poster at a scientific meeting - NONAPP-002084
• Peer Review - NONAPP-002001
• Chair a session in a National Conference - NONAPP-002088

If you are presenting and/or chairing a session at ASMIRT 2024, please ensure you keep a copy of the conference program with your certificate as proof in the event of an audit.

Invited Speakers

Dr Rachel Harris
Head of Professional Practice and Education, Society and College of Radiographers, UK

Rachel has presented at multi-disciplinary international conferences and the results of her work have appeared in numerous journals. In 2000, Rachel’s name was published in Who’s Who in the World, and in 2003 she was awarded an honorary medal from the University of Rome and Agostino Gemelli Hospital. In 2006, Rachel joined the Society and College of Radiographers as a professional officer and is now Head of Professional Practice and Education.
Dr Charbel Saade
Global director of education and KOL engagement

Charbel is a lecturer at international congresses and has co-authored more than 120 original papers with more than 150 abstracts presented on iodinated contrast media and gadolinium with particular emphasis on enhancement patterns in disease. He has a strong clinical background in X-ray, CT and MRI. Charbel is also Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Medical Imaging at the University of College Cork in Ireland and an external examiner for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of College Dublin. He is an advisory board member at Gulf Medical University.
Professor Gail Garvey
NHMRC Leadership Fellow and Professor in Indigenous Health Research, University of Queensland

Gail, a proud Goori woman from New South Wales, was among the first researchers to recognise the substantial impact of cancer on Australia’s First Nations people. She has established a targeted research program focussed on cancer and the wellbeing of First Nations people, and on understanding and measuring the dimensions of wellbeing important to and valued by First Nations people. Gail currently leads ‘TACTICS’ (Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services) for First Nations people and their communities. She has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers.
Associate Professor Gill Harrison  
Professional Officer for Ultrasound, Society and College of Radiographers, UK

Gill is a radiographer and sonographer with over 30 years’ experience in clinical practice and education. Gill co-led on the development of standards for sonographic education, was involved in writing national consensus guidelines for the delivery of unexpected news in obstetric ultrasound and has recently published an ultrasound textbook. Gill led the ultrasound survey group for the European Federation of Radiographer Societies, has written guidance and e-learning materials for ISRRT and is editor for NHS e-learning for health obstetric modules. She is also involved in accreditation of ultrasound programs.
Prof Rachael Moorin  
Professor of Health Economics and Data Analytics, Curtin University, Western Australia

Rachael trained as a radiographer and nuclear medicine technologist before earning a PhD in Population Health and a Graduate Certificate in Health Economics. She is a past director of the International Population Data Linkage Network and the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health and has been a member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee since 2014. Rachael is considered one of the leading experts in developing novel methods for utilising and analysing ‘big’ data in epidemiological and econometric evaluations of health services and policy.
Dr Chris Lowbridge  
Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory

Chris is an infectious diseases epidemiologist, with interests and experience in tuberculosis, global health and First Nations health. He currently leads the Tuberculosis Research Program at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. In this role, Chris oversees a program of work which, through an operational research and health systems strengthening approach, aims to improve the clinical and public health management of tuberculosis in northern Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Michael Fuller  
Clinical Tutor Radiographer, Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia

Michael’s professional interests include trauma radiography, image interpretation and radiography clinical education. He is a former consultant radiographer to Papua New Guinea under the Australian Commonwealth Government AusAID program and a principal contributor to wikiRadiography. Michael has presented many papers and workshops at conferences in Australia and is a regular contributor to Radiology Across Borders, the global charity teaching clinical skills to radiologists, doctors, and medical imaging staff around the world.
Steve Lacey  
Director of Education, International Society of Radiographers and Radiologic Technologists

Steve is a radiographer with over 20 years’ experience, 14 of which as Tutor Radiographer at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He also works with The Royal Children’s Hospital Education Hub as the Allied Health Outreach Educator. Steve has previously worked in paediatric collaborative projects between the World Health Organization and The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Mongolia and Laos. He is Chair of the ASMIRT Victorian Branch Continuing Education Committee and Co-Chair of the ASMIRT Global Medical Radiation Practitioners Reference Group.
Dr Cynthia Eccles  
Head of Radiotherapy Research and Development, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Cynthia is a Consultant Research Radiographer (therapeutic and diagnostic) at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, leading a team of 10+ academic and research radiographers in advanced radiotherapy research. Her research interests include MR-guided radiotherapy, adaptive radiotherapy, radiotherapy motion management and validation of imaging biomarkers of radiotherapy response. Cynthia is also Co-Hub Lead of the Manchester CRUK RADNET AHP Doctoral Academy with projects in motion management for abdominal stereotactic ablative radiation therapy, adaptive and biologically adaptive radiotherapy for cervical cancers.
Professor Len Notaras  
Executive Director, National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Northern Territory

Len Notaras AO is founder of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. He held the position of Medical Superintendent at the Royal Darwin Hospital and served as Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Department of Health. Len has a long history in disaster response having coordinated the Royal Darwin Hospital response to the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings, the evacuation and retrieval following the assassination attempt on then President of Timor-Leste Dr Jose Ramos-Horta and events at Ashmore Reef in 2009, as well as AUSMAT deployments for more than a decade.
Dr Colin Dicks   
Radiation oncologist and author, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Colin is a radiation oncologist with a special interest in palliative care and thanatology. In 2014 his book, About Dying – How to Live in the Face of Death, was published to encourage conversations about death and dying. In 2022 his book, Death, Dying & Donuts, was published to equip people for the end-of-life journey. He is also the founder of Dying to Understand, a not-for-profit charity that promotes death literacy. Colin runs radiation therapy workshops at the Queensland University of Technology, blending palliative radiation, death literacy and clinical experience.
Associate Professor Joshua R Francis   
Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Joshua R Francis is a consultant paediatrician and paediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Royal Darwin Hospital and a Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research at Charles Darwin University. He leads programs in Timor-Leste and the Northern Territory focussed on teaching, mentoring, health systems improvement and research. His work on rheumatic heart disease, tuberculosis, dengue, antimicrobial resistance, and other infectious disease challenges has seen him partner closely with affected communities to see community-led changes in healthcare systems.
Dr Paul M Parizel   
Inaugural David Hartley Chair of Radiology, Royal Perth Hospital and University of Western Australia

Paul holds an academic appointment as Full Professor at the University of Western Australia Medical School and a part-time clinical appointment at the Royal Perth Hospital. He also serves as the Director of the Western Australia National Imaging Facility Node. Paul was President of the European Society of Neuroradiology (2010 to 2012), and President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Society of Radiology (2016 to 2018). In 2017, he served as President of the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna.
Linda Okwaro   
MRI Clinical Educator, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Linda’s passion for advancing medical knowledge shines through her dedication to research projects, with a particular focus on the intersection of rheumatic heart disease and MRI technology. Linda is also member of the research team at Monash University working on a project quantifying myocardial inflammation in acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Her goal is to integrate academic insights with practical expertise for significant contributions to the MRI field, characterised by a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals.
Tom Randall   
Radiographer, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Tom is a radiographer specialising in trauma and emergency radiography. Tom has been involved with the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre for 14 years, during which he has been involved in every overseas deployment where radiography equipment has been deployed. This ranges from deployments in response to natural disasters to assisting in serious disease outbreaks involving communities in the Asia Pacific region. Tom has also been an advocate for rural and remote radiographers and students, serving on and chairing ASMIRT’s Rural and Remote Practitioners Advisory Panel.
Dr Mark de Souza   
Senior Emergency Physician, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Since 2019, Mark has been advocating for the implementation of climate adaptation, mitigation and decarbonisation efforts within the Northern Territory health system. He initiated and has chaired NT Health’s Sustainable Healthcare Committee since 2021, and is a member of the national SustainHealth SIG of Doctors for the Environment and the Sustainable Emergency Medicine-Climate Action Network. Mark leads the volunteer-based Project, which creates climate-adapted, biophilic spaces on campus to promote wellbeing in the high-stress hospital setting through exposure to restorative, biodiverse native landscapes.
Nikita Safonov   
Cyclotron Operations Manager, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Nikita is a nuclear physicist at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Moscow, Russia, and is currently working as the Cyclotron Operations Manager at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Nikita launched radiopharmaceutical production in Darwin in 2022; he has 12 years of experience in the radiopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
Dr Joshua James Morigi
Clinical Director in Molecular Imaging, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Joshua is a gelato-loving nuclear medicine physician, employed as Clinical Director in the Molecular Imaging & Cyclotron Unit at Royal Darwin Hospital. Originally from Italy, he moved to Australia eight years ago and worked at St Vincent’s Sydney, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Austin in Melbourne before embracing the tropical lifestyle.


Suzanne McGavin
Chief Nuclear Medicine Scientist, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Suzanne leads a team working across PET, nuclear medicine, and the cyclotron with the goal to create an environment of growth and satisfaction in the nuclear medicine profession. Suzanne holds an executive position with ANZSNM, Federal Council and is the new Technologist Special Interest Group Work Force Advocacy Chair, along with roles at Ahpra and the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, providing a rounded engagement in the nuclear medicine profession.
Kar Giam
Executive Director, NT Radiation Oncology

Kar has over 37 years of experience in radiation therapy and radiation oncology service delivery and is passionate about improving cancer outcomes for First Nation Australians. Kar has worked closely with Cancer Australia and the Northern Territory Cancer Care Network on many NT Aboriginal cancer initiatives, including upskilling of Aboriginal health practitioners, community cancer care navigation programs and Aboriginal cancer research and resources. Kar also sat on the Cancer Council NT Board, and the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. He is a founding member of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre in Darwin.
Dr Jennifer Yan
Senior Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory

Jennifer is a clinician-researcher, working as a general paediatrician and paediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Royal Darwin Hospital, and co-leading the Menzies Timor-Leste projects with Dr Josh Francis. Her work with Menzies is focussed around Indigenous and global child health, in the areas of antimicrobial resistance, infectious diseases, rheumatic heart disease and health system strengthening. Jennifer is also a senior lecturer at Flinders University and has experience in capacity building and improving quality of care in resource-limited settings.
Andrew Loughman
Director of Medical Imaging Services, NT Health

Andrew is the Director of Medical Imaging Services at the Royal Darwin and Palmerston hospitals, leading and managing departments over the two hospitals including radiology, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and PET, and the Darwin cyclotron. Andrew’s high-level knowledge of setting up temporary X-ray facilities in remote Northern Territory communities led him to work as chief technical advisor to the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre on X-ray equipment and training.
Michelle Roach
Clinical Nurse Consultant in Radiation Oncology, Liverpool Hospital, New South Wales

Michelle is Chair of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia: Radiation Oncology Nursing Special Practice Network (RON SPN). She represents radiotherapy nursing on various national committees and has recently completed, along with her RON SPN committee, a national radiotherapy nursing workforce study. Michelle was a member of the steering committee with eviQ in 2018 for the Radiation Oncology Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Social Events

Friday Welcome Sundowner

Connect with conference attendees at the fantastic Mindil Beach Casino Resort. Socialise, network, meet new friends and old, and be entertained during this great night at The Lawns. Set amongst lush tropical gardens and overlooking the Arafura sea, this is the spot to experience Darwin’s incredible sunsets. Enjoy drinks, delicious canapes, champagne, and lots of surprises - it is going to be a night to remember! Come dressed in your best Territory Rig. Book your ticket as part of your registration.
Saturday Night Gala Dinner

The highlight of the Conference social calendar every year is the gala dinner, and this year will be no different! Held at the Darwin Convention Centre, enjoy the evening's balmy weather with a stunning view over the Darwin Harbour and lush parkland of the Waterfront Precinct. The theme for the evening is Colours of Country, so come dressed in your brightest outfit and dress to impress.

The evening will feature entertainment, dancing, lots of fun and a 3-course meal with accompanying wines, soft drinks, tea, and coffee. Book your ticket as part of the registration process.

Workshops

ASMIRT Person Centred Care Workshop
ASMIRT Facilitators

This workshop will empower participants to share stories of exceptional self, peer and patient care, as well as participate in a number of simulated experiences aimed at reconnecting them with the vulnerability experienced by their patients. The concepts of self-care and care for teammates will also be addressed.

Learning outcomes:
• Greater awareness of patient experiences and how these can be challenging
• The importance of and links between self-care, care for peers and patient care
• How other participants look after themselves and their colleagues, as well as their patients
• Strategies for overcoming barriers to person-centred care

Chest X-Ray Image Interpretation
Johnathan Hewis

This interactive workshop will develop fundamental image interpretation knowledge and skills for conventional chest X-rays. Using a systematic approach, participants will practise interpreting anonymised clinical cases and write preliminary image evaluations to communicate urgent and unexpected findings. Pathologies explored will include commonly present acute chest conditions, thoracic trauma, pleural and mediastinal abnormalities, iatrogenic devices and acute abdominal abnormalities demonstrated on chest X-ray.

Learning outcomes:
• Critically evaluate image quality and radiographic positioning when reviewing conventional thoracic radiographic images
• Accurately identify and describe normal, variant and abnormal radiographic appearances including urgent and/or unexpected findings on planar chest
• Write concise preliminary image evaluations using a systematic approach.
Contrast enhancement patterns in brain tumours: adult and paediatric lesion approach
Dr Charbel Saade

Join renowned Dr Charbel Saade for this informative and highly engaging workshop. Gain knowledge of the patterns and mechanisms of gadolinium enhancement to facilitate radiologic differential brain diagnosis and the blood-brain barrier. Understanding the classic patterns of lesion enhancement—and the radiologic-pathologic mechanisms that produce them—can improve image assessment and differential diagnosis. This workshop will cover cross-sectional anatomy and pathology.

Learning outcomes:
• Gadolinium enhancement patterns of lesions
• Optimal TET R and flip angle parameters
• Recognise anatomical and pathological clues for tumour behaviour and disease processes.
Guiding Ideal Facilitation of Teaching and EDucation (GIFTED) - by AusMICE  
Katrina O’Keefe, Adam Steward, Greg Trypis, Jessica Watson, Karen Doheny, Steve Lacey, Tom Steffens

Effective clinical supervision and training of students is sometimes challenging to deliver in fast-paced medical imaging and radiation therapy departments, but it is essential for developing the future workforce. This interactive workshop, delivered by experienced clinical educators, aims to equip staff with practical knowledge and techniques for supporting, encouraging and training students with minimal resource requirements and impact on service delivery.

Learning outcomes:
• Gain an understanding of effective student orientation, goal setting and SMART goals
• Discuss teaching of clinical reasoning skills in students
• Introduce and demonstrate teaching techniques for the clinical teacher.
Health Literacy for Radiation Therapists  
Dr Toni Kelly & Cherry Augustin

This hands-on workshop aims to provide a broader understanding of how health literacy may impact our patients in the radiotherapy setting. It will require participants to learn and practise health literacy techniques.

Learning outcomes:
• Knowledge of background and relevance of health literacy
• Knowledge of common health literacy tools and other health literacy methods
• Learning and using plain language with resource creation tips
• Learning and using the teach back method with practice exercises
• Knowledge of the benefits and barriers to health literacy.
I’ve got an idea! Getting started in research and developing a project protocol  
Dr Elizabeth Brown & ASMIRT Research Committee

Getting started in research can be challenging when you are not sure where to begin. The aim of this workshop is to provide practical support for those who have a research idea they wish to develop or those who would like to become involved in research and want to know where to start. Strategies for getting started in research will be presented followed by small group work developing existing research ideas or working through prepared examples.

Learning outcomes:
• Gain an understanding of the research process
• Learn strategies to assist getting started with a research project idea
• Develop research connections with others in the profession
Innov-AI-tion: Shaping the future of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy  
Meegan Shepherd, Cathy Hargrave, Julie O’Shaughnessey, Kenton Thompson & Andrew Murphy

This workshop will provide participants with knowledge of current and future uses of AI in medical imaging and radiation therapy, how it may impact the medical radiation practitioner roles, ethics, education, and the opportunities that it presents to medical radiation professions.

Learning outcomes:
• Understand automation, AI, machine learning, learning and other key terms
• Recognise current and future uses of AI in medical imaging and radiation therapy
• Discuss the potential impact of AI on medical radiation practitioner roles
• Identify opportunities for further education and evaluate the ethical implications of AI applications in radiation therapy and medical imaging.
Neuro Diversity and Gender Diversity in Medical Radiation Practice  
Bernadette Byrne & Katie Scott

This workshop will cover:
• Recognising and addressing bias, stigma and discrimination
• Accommodations for neurodivergence in students
• Challenges and opportunities in providing care to gender diverse patients
• Group discussions to explore strategies for overcoming challenges and promoting inclusivity in medical imaging and radiation therapy environments
• Real life scenarios highlighting the complexities of neurodiversity and gender diversity in medical radiation practice.

Learning outcomes:
• Gain an introductive understanding of how neurodiversity and gender diversity impact medical radiation practice
• Gain strategies to promote inclusivity, enhance patient care and advocate for diversity in practice
• Equip participants with resources for further learning.

JMRS: Practical tips when writing and publishing in a peer reviewed journal  
Cherry Agustin

Getting a paper published is easier than you think. Join this workshop and learn practical tips to successfully publish in a peer reviewed journal. Share your experience and ask questions to a panel of editors, reviewers and authors.

Learning outcomes:
• Describe the peer review and publication process
• Describe what editors and reviewers look for in a manuscript
• Understand how to write and publish an original article
• Understand how to write and publish a review article.

Radiography Realignment: Bridging the Gap with Clinical History-Based Imaging  
Ryan (Yat) Tam & Dr Andrew Kilgour

Assessing radiographs relies on three criteria:
1. Radiographic
2. Radiologist reporting
3. Treating physician.

Health care often employs protocol-driven radiography, neglecting clinical history. This approach fulfills the first two criteria but disregards the treating physician's perspective, leading to debates, increased costs, resource wastage and reduced patient flow. Protocol-based practices ignore the evolving expertise of radiographers. We explore a solution: clinical history-based radiography, which aligns with clinical history and referrer's demands, addressing protocol limitations. In this workshop, we will discuss the why of the criteria discrepancy, and its potential impact on patients, society and government through case studies and the unique teaching approach of clinical history-based radiography employed at RMIT University.

Learning outcomes:
• Understand the presence and differences of the three criteria in assessing radiographs
• Recognise the clinical significance of a clinical history-based radiography to patient, hospital and society
• Development of clinical history-based radiography teaching at RMIT University.
Surviving death
Dr Colin Dicks

Join Dr Colin Dicks, Radiation Oncologist, author of Death, Dying & Donuts, and founder of Dying to Understand, a charity to promote death education. Being ‘death literate’ is an advantage for both professional and personal reasons. Understanding the end of life offers an opportunity to be better at life.
Learning outcomes:
• Normalise death and understand dying
• Understand physical changes related to dying
• Understand the emotions related to dying
• Consider spirituality
• Understand tasks and roles around dying and apply them to practice.
Value-Based Healthcare in the Medical Radiation Profession: Shaping a high-value future
Scott Jones, Jackie Yim, Amy Brown & Prof Rachel Moorin

This workshop introduces value-based health care and how health economics methodologies can be applied to the medical radiation professions. It will cover the foundations of health economic methods and the best scenarios for their use. Participants will be encouraged to think about value in their everyday work settings and how they can promote better value health care locally.

Learning outcomes:
• Gain an understanding of value-based health care and the impact on all levels of health care in Australia
• Develop a basic understanding of health economic methods and when to apply them
• Identify areas of local work settings where value can be promoted and/or investigated.
Working with your impostor voice
Gill Harrison

This workshop will briefly introduce the concept of impostor phenomenon (aka impostor syndrome), discuss some of the ways it might manifest in different people and suggest various strategies to help individuals find ways to recognise and work with their own impostor voice.

Learning outcomes:
• Understand what the impostor voice is
• Consider the ways in which impostor phenomenon may manifest
• Explore some of the tools to work with the impostor voice.
The advanced and enhanced practitioner

Advanced and enhanced practice are not specific roles, but instead can be considered as levels of specialised expert practice. Advanced practitioners engage in expert clinical practice and leadership while demonstrating a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making, often to address a person-centred clinical problem. The enhanced practitioner demonstrates specialised knowledge and skill beyond the standard regulatory capability framework with a scope of practice that often enhances both care and service provision. The ASMIRT advanced and enhanced credentialling pathway formally recognises practitioners who demonstrate expert knowledge, skill and attitude and meet all ASMIRT advanced or enhanced practitioner characteristics. This interactive workshop will explore advanced and enhanced practice within medical radiation science in an Australian context and will provide practitioners with the opportunity to explore their own practice with personalised guidance and support to develop an application for ASMIRT Advanced or Enhanced Practitioner status.

Learning outcomes:
• Explore the characteristics and diverse scope of enhanced and advanced practice within medical radiation sciences
• Critically evaluate and explore advanced and enhanced opportunities within Australia and your own workplace setting
• Critically reflect on own professional scope and professional development
• Understand the ASMIRT advanced and enhanced practitioner credentialing pathway with personalised support and guidance for potential future applications.
The Global Medical Radiation Practitioner

The Global Medical Radiation Practitioner Reference Group (GMRPRG) is a group of Australian radiographers and radiation therapists aiming to provide educational and technical assistance to our colleagues working clinically in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). This workshop aims to develop a strategic plan helping to raise clinical practice standards in medical imaging and radiation therapy in developing nations, primarily in the Asia Pacific region. The strategic plan will be generated with initial presentations followed by breakout discussion groups contributing to a consensus-based plan.

Learning outcomes:
• Share topical information relating to global medical radiation practice
• Generate a set of goals and strategic plan for GMRPRG for 2024–26
• Review the office bearing positions for GMRPRG.

Workshops

ASMIRT Person Centred Care Workshop
Emma Terbeeke & Kim Haywards, 3 hours

This workshop will empower participants to share stories of exceptional self, peer and patient care, as well as participate in a number of simulated experiences aimed at reconnecting them with the vulnerability experienced by their patients. The concepts of self-care and care for teammates will also be addressed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Greater awareness of patient experiences and how these can be challenging
  • The importance of and links between self-care, care for peers and patient care
  • How other participants look after themselves and their colleagues, as well as their patients
  • Strategies for overcoming barriers to person-centred care

*This is a Member Benefit, available only to members of an affiliate professional body.

Chest X-Ray Image Interpretation
Johnathan Hewis, 1.5 hours

This interactive workshop will develop fundamental image interpretation knowledge and skills for conventional chest X-rays. Using a systematic approach, participants will practise interpreting anonymised clinical cases and write preliminary image evaluations to communicate urgent and unexpected findings. Pathologies explored will include commonly present acute chest conditions, thoracic trauma, pleural and mediastinal abnormalities, iatrogenic devices and acute abdominal abnormalities demonstrated on chest X-ray.

Learning outcomes:

  • Critically evaluate image quality and radiographic positioning when reviewing conventional thoracic radiographic images
  • Accurately identify and describe normal, variant and abnormal radiographic appearances including urgent and/or unexpected findings on planar chest
  • Write concise preliminary image evaluations using a systematic approach.

Contrast enhancement patterns in brain tumours: adult and paediatric lesion approach
Dr Charbel Saade, 3 hours

Join renowned Dr Charbel Saade for this informative and highly engaging workshop. Gain knowledge of the patterns and mechanisms of gadolinium enhancement to facilitate radiologic differential brain diagnosis and the blood-brain barrier. Understanding the classic patterns of lesion enhancement—and the radiologic-pathologic mechanisms that produce them—can improve image assessment and differential diagnosis. This workshop will cover cross-sectional anatomy and pathology.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gadolinium enhancement patterns of lesions
  • Optimal TET R and flip angle parameters
  • Recognise anatomical and pathological clues for tumour behaviour and disease processes.

Guiding Ideal Facilitation of Teaching and EDucation (GIFTED) - by AusMICE  
Katrina O’Keefe, Adam Steward, Greg Trypis, Jessica Watson, Karen Doheny, Steve Lacey & Tom Steffens, 6 hours

Effective clinical supervision and training of students is sometimes challenging to deliver in fast-paced medical imaging and radiation therapy departments, but it is essential for developing the future workforce. This interactive workshop, delivered by experienced clinical educators, aims to equip staff with practical knowledge and techniques for supporting, encouraging and training students with minimal resource requirements and impact on service delivery.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of effective student orientation, goal setting and SMART goals
  • Discuss teaching of clinical reasoning skills in students
  • Introduce and demonstrate teaching techniques for the clinical teacher.

I’ve got an idea! Getting started in research and developing a project protocol  
Dr Elizabeth Brown & ASMIRT Research Committee, 1.5 hours

Getting started in research can be challenging when you are not sure where to begin. The aim of this workshop is to provide practical support for those who have a research idea they wish to develop or those who would like to become involved in research and want to know where to start. Strategies for getting started in research will be presented followed by small group work developing existing research ideas or working through prepared examples.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the research process
  • Learn strategies to assist getting started with a research project idea
  • Develop research connections with others in the profession

Innov-AI-tion: Shaping the future of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy  
Meegan Shepherd, Cathy Hargrave, Julie O’Shaughnessey, Kenton Thompson & Andrew Murphy, 3 hours

This workshop will provide participants with knowledge of current and future uses of AI in medical imaging and radiation therapy, how it may impact the medical radiation practitioner roles, ethics, education, and the opportunities that it presents to medical radiation professions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand automation, AI, machine learning, learning and other key terms
  • Recognise current and future uses of AI in medical imaging and radiation therapy
  • Discuss the potential impact of AI on medical radiation practitioner roles
  • Identify opportunities for further education and evaluate the ethical implications of AI applications in radiation therapy and medical imaging.
Neuro Diversity and Gender Diversity in Medical Radiation Practice  
Bernadette Byrne & Katie Scott, 1.5 hours

This workshop will cover:

  • Recognising and addressing bias, stigma and discrimination
  • Accommodations for neurodivergence in students
  • Challenges and opportunities in providing care to gender diverse patients
  • Group discussions to explore strategies for overcoming challenges and promoting inclusivity in medical imaging and radiation therapy environments
  • Real life scenarios highlighting the complexities of neurodiversity and gender diversity in medical radiation practice.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an introductive understanding of how neurodiversity and gender diversity impact medical radiation practice
  • Gain strategies to promote inclusivity, enhance patient care and advocate for diversity in practice
  • Equip participants with resources for further learning.
JMRS: Practical tips when writing and publishing in a peer reviewed journal  
Cherry Agustin, Dr Elizabeth Brown, Dr Rachel Harris, A/Prof Amy Brown, A/Prof Michael Neep, and Simon Goudie, 1.5 hours

Getting a paper published is easier than you think. Join this workshop and learn practical tips to successfully publish in a peer reviewed journal. Share your experience and ask questions to a panel of editors, reviewers and authors.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the peer review and publication process
  • Describe what editors and reviewers look for in a manuscript
  • Understand how to write and publish an original article
  • Understand how to write and publish a review article
Radiography Realignment: Bridging the Gap with Clinical History-Based Imaging  
Ryan (Yat) Tam & Karim Yacoub, 1.5 hours

Assessing radiographs relies on three criteria:

  1. Radiographic
  2. Radiologist reporting
  3. Treating physician

Health care often employs protocol-driven radiography, neglecting clinical history. This approach fulfills the first two criteria but disregards the treating physician's perspective, leading to debates, increased costs, resource wastage and reduced patient flow. Protocol-based practices ignore the evolving expertise of radiographers. We explore a solution: clinical history-based radiography, which aligns with clinical history and referrer's demands, addressing protocol limitations. In this workshop, we will discuss the why of the criteria discrepancy, and its potential impact on patients, society and government through case studies and the unique teaching approach of clinical history-based radiography employed at RMIT University.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the presence and differences of the three criteria in assessing radiographs
  • Recognise the clinical significance of a clinical history-based radiography to patient, hospital and society
  • Development of clinical history-based radiography teaching at RMIT University.
Surviving death
Dr Colin Dicks, 1.5 hours

Join Dr Colin Dicks, Radiation Oncologist, author of Death, Dying & Donuts, and founder of Dying to Understand, a charity to promote death education. Being ‘death literate’ is an advantage for both professional and personal reasons. Understanding the end of life offers an opportunity to be better at life.

Learning outcomes:

  • Normalise death and understand dying
  • Understand physical changes related to dying
  • Understand the emotions related to dying
  • Consider spirituality
  • Understand tasks and roles around dying and apply them to practice
Value-Based Healthcare in the Medical Radiation Profession: Shaping a high-value future
Scott Jones, Jackie Yim, Amy Brown & Prof Rachel Moorin, 1.5 hours

This workshop introduces value-based health care and how health economics methodologies can be applied to the medical radiation professions. It will cover the foundations of health economic methods and the best scenarios for their use. Participants will be encouraged to think about value in their everyday work settings and how they can promote better value health care locally.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of value-based health care and the impact on all levels of health care in Australia
  • Develop a basic understanding of health economic methods and when to apply them
  • Identify areas of local work settings where value can be promoted and/or investigated.
Working with your impostor voice
Gill Harrison, 1.5 hours

This workshop will briefly introduce the concept of impostor phenomenon (aka impostor syndrome), discuss some of the ways it might manifest in different people and suggest various strategies to help individuals find ways to recognise and work with their own impostor voice.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what the impostor voice is
  • Consider the ways in which impostor phenomenon may manifest
  • Explore some of the tools to work with the impostor voice
The Global Medical Radiation Practitioner
Craig Opie & Steve Lacey, 1.5 hours

The Global Medical Radiation Practitioner Reference Group (GMRPRG) is a group of Australian radiographers and radiation therapists aiming to provide educational and technical assistance to our colleagues working clinically in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). This workshop aims to develop a strategic plan helping to raise clinical practice standards in medical imaging and radiation therapy in developing nations, primarily in the Asia Pacific region. The strategic plan will be generated with initial presentations followed by breakout discussion groups contributing to a consensus-based plan.

Learning outcomes:

  • Share topical information relating to global medical radiation practice
  • Generate a set of goals and strategic plan for GMRPRG for 2024–26
  • Review the office bearer positions for GMRPRG.

Site Visits

National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC)
Friday 10 May 3pm - 5pm (Pick up and return from the Darwin Convention Centre)

ASMIRT is offering a facility tour of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC). The NCCTRC is critical in Australia's disaster and emergency medical response to incidents of local, national and international significance. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to gain insight into the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) operation, its specialised use of equipment and self sustaining rapidly deployable field hospital.
The Cyclotron, Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH)
Saturday 11 May
1st Group 11.30am departure (tour 12 - 12.30pm) Return 1pm
2nd Group 12pm departure (tour 12.30 - 1pm) Return 1.30pm

Part of the NT Expanding Cancer Care Servies Project, the RDH's on-site cyclotron produce radioactive isotopes to power its PET scanner for cancer diagnoses. This is the only cyclotron in Australia that has been housed in its own standalone facility.

Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH)
Saturday 11 May
1st Group 11.30am departure (tour 12 - 12.30pm) Return 1pm
2nd Group 12pm departure (tour 12.30 - 1pm) Return 1.30pm

The Alan Walk­er Can­cer Care Cen­tre is made up of a num­ber of spe­cial­ist areas, with 13 can­cer-care coor­di­na­tors respon­si­ble for spe­cif­ic types of can­cer. With an emphasis on eliminating cultural barriers, the centre has two Aboriginal Liaison Officers and an Aboriginal Cancer Care Coordinator.

Sponsored Sessions

You can register for these sessions when you register for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference but would like to add either session, log back into your account and add the sponsored session for no cost. 

If you registered for ASMIRT 2024 with our Early Bird offer and would like to attend either sponsored session, email us 
here.
Philips CT and DXR User Group Meeting
Thursday 9 May, 6:30pm-9:00pm

We welcome you to join us for this in person User Group Meeting held in conjunction with ASMIRT 2024. We will share an update on Philips Technology, clinical insights from Guest Presenters, and Patient stories from across Australia. 

6:30pm - Canapes and drinks
7:05pm - Heart of Australia, Accessibility Supporting Rural Health Equity,
7:25pm - Juilius Mol (Philips), CT 5300 Introduction
7:45pm - Rachel Anstey (RBWH, Clinical Radiographer), Clinical Cases using Spectral CT at RBWH
8:05pm - Louise Wilson (Philips), Philips Zenition 30 and DXR Production Introduction
8:25pm - Canapes and drinks
Elekta Breakfast Session
Saturday 11 May, 7:30am

Harnessing Information Technology to Support Radiotherapy in the Asia-Pacific Region: APROSIG, ASPRONET and ProKnow
Speaker: Iain Ward - Co-chair, APROSIG

Iain Ward is a radiation oncologist from Christchurch, New Zealand, with a particular interest in promoting quality in radiation therapy through peer review and radiation incident reporting. He has worked at Christchurch Hospital since 2003, after completing training at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and fellowships in head and neck cancer, GI cancer and sarcomas at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He is co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Radiation Oncology Special Interest Group (APROSIG) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).”

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