Awards and recognition
The Awards of excellence were introduced in 2011 as a way to recognise and honour outstanding achievements in sonography and reward their excellence, best practice and contributions to sonography. All recipients are inspirations, shining lights of our profession for others to look up to and hopefully what future sonographers aspire to.
'Liz volunteered and helped with sonographer education in Samoa and then used this experience to develop a culturally sensitive radiology department, aiming to improve attendance levels and satisfaction of patients of pacific origin. She is actively involved with Immigration NZ and Kiwihealth to recruit sonographers to address the national sonographer shortage.' – Sonographer of the Year NZ 2019 – Liz Hunt
'Dumitru has dedicated 14 years to working in a remote region setting about improving sonography services and was instrumental in establishing the Sonography Outreach Service. Travelling out bush at least once a week, with a portable machine to deliver a sonography service where none is available, patient conditions are detected early and treated before they deteriorate.' – Sonographer of the Year NT 2019 – Dumitru Lupuleasa
'Ann takes time outside work hours to mentor new graduates as well as teach and mentor radiology registrars. She runs weekend MSK practice sessions for individual students and is dedicated to improving patient access to ultrasound. Ann was awarded the Tasmanian Health Service – South Medical Imaging Case Study of the Year, a competition open to all medical imaging staff in Southern Tasmania including radiologist and registrars.' – Sonographer of the Year TAS 2019 – Ann Millar