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Board Election 2020

Thank you to members who have voted in the recent Board election. Voting has now closed and an annoucement of the results will be made on 25 September 2020.

 

   

 

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board?

I have a strong interest in ethics and caring for patients, and I believe my input would be valued. I am very empathetic and am able relate to patients and their different situations. I believe that this a vital part of patient care, and I strongly believe in advocating for each and every patient I see. Sometimes as sonographers, we can forget to look at a patient as a whole. I love to examine every part of the patient puzzle, and work towards the best medical outcome. I enjoy strategizing and working with a team to solve problems, and would be delighted to become part of the ASA team.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director?

I have a strong voice and passion for my career. Starting my own private company and working mostly alone has given me the confidence and belief in my position as a sonographer. Working with surgeons and geriatric physicians has allowed me to streamline patient care and treatment. I am a strong believer in close communication and working as a team to treat patients. This enables patient care to become optimised, and patient outcomes are improved significantly. Working in aged care facilities has significantly broadened the scope of my role as a sonographer, and I strive to see this level of care utilised by Australian sonographers nation-wide.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good governance relies heavily on communication and understanding. It is important that voices are heard, even if the voices are not very loud. Consequently, bodies like the ASA benefit strongly from having members on their Board that are from different walks of life and have a varying range of knowledge. If there is variety amongst the Board members, then compassion and understanding for the many different members can be achieved.  The ASA must accommodate the varying backgrounds of individual members and provide support and guidance unique to each situation. As the ASA grows, and the world becomes an increasingly changed place, it is important that members of the Board adapt and accept these changes too.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us? 

I am very passionate about my career. I love teaching and inspiring students by showing them just how important our role as a sonographer is.  We are part of a crucial team working together to advocate and care for our patients, and this position is an honour. I am currently involved in multiple exciting research projects, including improving intra-oral ultrasound with a team of dental surgeons. I believe the excitement and joy I have for my work, along with my strong voice advocating for the individual, would add a vital element to the ASA Board in 2020.

 

Susan Diep

Susan Diep is a general sonographer at I-Med radiology. Susan completed her training with Monash University and has a special interest in MSK and vascular ultrasound. She has presented in ASA’s Victoria branch meetings, ASA2018 Sydney and was an invited speaker at WFUMB in 2019. Susan has an extensive background in radiography and is also an academic staff member involved with Deakin University’s Undergraduate Radiography and Medical Imaging course. She has a drive for education and continual professional development in the world of ultrasound.

Her vision is to promote and support innovation in the field of sonography. She would like to engage in developing strategies to encompass the dynamic field of ultrasound through professionalism and education to deliver excellence in imaging and patient care. Her key focus involves interest in collaborative learning and communication including the impact of physical safety and mental well-being within the profession. She is also particularly enthusiastic about dabbling in being a part-time coffee connoisseur.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board? 

I have a keen interest in ensuring best practice is amongst sonographers in both clinical and hospital settings. I believe that being a part of the ASA board will be a great learning curve to my sonographer journey and I would like to be a part of educating and professional development. I take great pride in my work and profession and would like to be a part of future planning of the profession. I also know there are plans for regulation of sonographers and to be recognised as a separate entity in AHPRA which I would like to be a part of. I would also like to promote supportive learning environments by encourage building positive relationship between sonographers.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director?

For the past 5 years, I have worked in a multi-disciplinary team at Deakin University to educate the undergraduate program in Radiography. Through this, I have learnt to adapt and ensure education and practicality as being the forefront in training.

I have been an invited speaker at the 2019 WFUMB/ASUM conference. In ASA, I was a first-time presenter at the ASA Victoria state branch meeting in 2018 and presented at the 2019 ASA Sydney conference.

Also, I have participated in many in-house trainings at my current workplace. Both hands on live-scanning and presenting to ensure the most up-to-date practices are shared with my colleagues to ensure consistency across multiple sites.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good governance to me is based around communication and set protocols. As much as sonographers must adapt to their surroundings, it is utmost important to maintain professionalism and achieve diagnoses outcomes for patients.

Some key governance issues that the ASA may be facing may be recognition of sonographers as a key practitioner in a patients’ journey. For best practice, CPD should be encouraged and monitored across board not just to reach requirements but to engage the practitioners with key interest topics. This is a constantly changing field that outdated practices should be mandated, reviewed then improved upon and then put into practice.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us?

As a practicing sonographer, I see the importance of clinical governance and the recognition of our profession.

I will like to be involved with education and revision of papers so new practices can be reviewed before implementing suggested protocols for effectiveness. I would also take interest in engaging current clinical sonographers to participate in CPD by seeing what their interests are and exploring them further with educational sessions.

With the current climate, I would also like to engage in strategic planning for future global pandemics so practices are in place to ensure the health and safety of all sonographers.

 

 

Michele Dowling

With a background in Radiotherapy at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, followed by Diagnostic Radiography through RMIT, Melbourne, Michele has been involved in Medical Ultrasound for over 25 years. She is qualified in ultrasound through Sydney University, and has had extensive experience as a clinical sonographer in most aspects of ultrasound.

Currently working in a specialised, diagnostic imaging site, Michele also has considerable experience in managing a large team of sonographers and students over multiple sites, with experience in operational management, assisting in business development and implementing strategies.

Michele has been involved in the development, implementation and over-sight of student training programs, contributing to the education of many quality sonographers. She has also been involved in the mentoring and skill improvement of qualified sonographers.

Her focus has been to maintain and improve the quality and relevance of the medical ultrasound scan, as delivered to patients in the clinical setting.

Michele joined the ASA board in November 2016 and is completing a second two-year term. She is also serving on the Sonographer Policy and Advisory Committee, Governance Committee and Health and Wellbeing Committee.

She looks forward to continuing her service to the ASA and its membership.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board?

With my work experience, I feel I have a good understanding of our profession and what goals we should be aiming for as we grow into the future. I hope my contribution to the ASA Board so far has been helpful and productive and feel that, as I complete my second term in this position, I am now better prepared to help support the Strategic Intent of the ASA into the future.

I look forward to having the opportunity to continue serving the interests of the ASA and its membership. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would be honoured and humbled if reappointed for another term.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director?

I bring to the role my years of experience in ultrasound as a skilled clinical sonographer, and also extensive managerial skills, having been involved in operational management, business development, and implementation of strategies for a large independent imaging group. I have been involved in student training and mentoring of qualified sonographers.

My experience gives me the maturity and insight necessary to help plan and guide the strategic development of the ASA into the future. Important focus points include such things as advocacy for professional regulation, improving sonographer training, sharing knowledge and up skilling the workforce through professional development offerings.

I have learned a lot over the last four years, working alongside my fellow directors, about the complexities of running a not-for-profit association for the benefit of its member base.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good governance means that the principles and processes applied by the ASA should produce the results that meet the needs of our members, while making the best use of the resources at our disposal.

It is imperative that the organisation remains in a financially solvent position to be able to continue serving the member base, and the board is responsible and accountable for its actions in this regard. Money must always be spent well and wisely to benefit the members and keep the organisation growing into the future.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us?

A key topic of interest to our membership is sonographer regulation, and a lot of work has been done already towards this worthwhile goal.

Another interest is education, and I am keen to assist in processes to help standardise sonographer training giving the community confidence in the quality of the scans they receive.

My work experience gives me a good understanding of our profession and the goals we should be aiming for into the future. I hope my contribution to the ASA Board so far has been helpful and productive and as I complete my second term in this position, I am now better prepared to help support the Strategic Intent of the ASA into the future.

 

Rona Girdler

Rona is a general sonographer with over 17+ years experience. Rona has worked in the ultrasound field both clinically and administratively, along with experience in corporate finance in the disruptive area of blockchain and the not-for-profit membership sector.

Currently focused on developing customer and user experiences utilising human centred design, Rona works as a freelancer to the alternative therapy sector creating strategic engagement opportunities for SMEs. Prior to this Rona was the Chief Sonographer at Royal North Shore Hospital (2006–2015) and part time Acting Assistant Chief Radiographer at Royal North Shore Hospital (2014–2015). During this time, she also served on the ASA NSW committee (2011–2013) and on the ASA convening committee for the Special Interest Group Symposium held in Sydney (2010).

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board?

As a Board member of the ASA I would welcome the opportunity to combine my love of business and ultrasound. It has been a privilege to serve as a sonographer in my past roles. After 17 years of serving as a sonographer I felt that in order to adapt and flourish in the new digital world and make more strategic operational decisions I needed exposure to different business environments. Now with four plus years exposure to different business environments I believe that I can offer the ASA Board a vast range of skills and experience to navigate through the digital transformation.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director? 

Having worked across many industries my unique combination offers the ASA Board fresh insights to deliver on the strategic intent 2018–2020. My experience includes:

1. Chief Sonographer RNSH: developed best practice, guidelines and training methodology; co-ordinated the recruitment, education & training of personnel; workflow and process management; quality assurance; managed team cohesion, facilitated relationships, fostered an environment of growth.

2. Head of Operations: exposure to marketing, accounts, business development, customer service, technology platforms and AML Compliance/regulation (AUSTRAC).

3. Membership Manager Not-for-Profit: membership & stakeholder management; financial reporting; data management & systems.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good governance is about making evidence-based strategic decisions, with the right stakeholders and sound operational implementation for the best interests of ASA members. This incorporates consensus, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency, transparency, participation, responsiveness, equity and inclusion within the appropriate legal framework.

Some of the key governance issues currently facing the ASA is incorporating the digital transformation and movement towards a customer centric model for the delivery of services and advocacy for its members. Benchmarking of objectives to ensure measurable outcomes, facilitating ideation and iteration allowing the ASA to pivot to deliver on the strategic intent 2018–2020.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us?

I really identify with the ASA vision statement “to ensure a sonographer is known as the expert in ultrasound across the community” and being part of the team delivering on this through the strategic intent 2018–2020, would allow me to give back to the profession which has given me so much. I am excited to put forward my application in consideration for this role and believe that my passion, experience, professionalism, enthusiasm and work ethic would be a valuable addition to the ASA board team.

 

Simone Karandrews

I am married and mother of an 11-year-old. We are active participants in local community activities and groups.

My undergraduate was in Nuclear Medicine at The University of Sydney. Moving to Queensland, I obtained post graduate qualifications in ultrasound. I work in public and private sectors in general and tertiary obstetric centres and I have been a long-standing member of the ASA and Queensland Branch committee for approximately 20 years. I was part of the program committee as co-coordinator for the Obstetrics & Gynaecology stream for ASA2019 Brisbane. I enjoy assisting in the provision of educational opportunities.

I have experience participating and leading advocacy groups and campaigns on issues of bushfire safety and preparedness within my community and seeking a review of Postcode 4306. This has required engagement with stakeholders including community, state emergency organisations and parliamentarians at all levels of government.

In 2019 I stood as a Candidate in the Federal Election and understand the importance of effective community representation and advocacy. Following this, I was selected to participate in a tertiary course promoting leadership and engagement for women with aspiration to seeking elected office. This encompassed leadership, evaluation, resilience, speechwriting, delivery and media skills and policy making. I hope to have the opportunity to effectively represent the current and future needs of our profession.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board? 

Being part of the ASA Board is a valuable opportunity to assist, direct, advocate and respond to the needs and growth of our profession and facilitate Sonographers’ reputation as the experts in ultrasound.

My breadth of experience in the sector in both clinical and training aspects and experience in advocacy in other areas can assist the current and future vision of the ASA Board.

Raising awareness of role recognition, career pathways and support at all levels from student to long-term career professionals in day-to-day practice to continuing education, advocacy and governance is an opportunity to highlight Sonography as an important part of the health care sector and assisting in provision of effective health care.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director? 

With extensive experience working in both public and general/tertiary private sector, I have been an active member of the Queensland Branch committee for approximately 20 years and was part of the program committee as co-coordinator for Obstetrics & Gynaecology stream for the 26th ASA Annual Conference in Brisbane. 

I am passionate about our profession, its future direction and have a strong sense of focus of the need for strong leadership to achieve current and future goals and address emerging issues and challenges that impact our role as Sonographers.

I demonstrate an active interest in personal and professional growth, a caring connection, strong skills in communication and team work and experience in advocacy and strategic planning.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good conduct, judgement, and implementation and maintenance of processes that promote and advance a vision. These are based around achievable short and long term goals in the best interests of members and maintain industry relevance.

An open ability to listen to the needs and concerns of the membership, offer value for money and accountability whilst fostering promotion and advocacy for Sonographers.

Continued stakeholder engagement and collaboration with government and private enterprise, addressing promotion and recognition of the workforce, sustainability and regulation in line with allied health peers, career pathways, educational and training opportunities and support of research facilitating evidence based best practice to ensure a high standard of service delivery and relevance to the sonographic community.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us? 

Being a part of the ASA Board, is a progression to augment my extensive experience in medical imaging.

Sonography is an exceptional role that draws on many abilities, skills and attributes ranging from technical and strategic to the nuances of caring for the patient as well as the individual.

Support across all of these areas is paramount to ensuring exceptional and sustainable results for all stakeholders – patient, sonographer, workplace and health outcomes in our communities.

An ability to provide scope, shape and direction in the future needs of our profession and its role in health care would be an unique opportunity that I would value and respect if successful in the election process.

 

Narelle Kennedy

Narelle is a Research Sonographer who has been scanning for over 25 years and has specialised in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound. She has worked in both public and private practice and is currently employed at Nepean Hospital. She is affiliated as a Research Fellow with the University of Sydney after completing her PhD in 2018 on obesity in pregnancy. She continues to publish and is involved in several research projects. She is keen to pass on her research skills and enjoys mentoring students as a casual academic at Central Queensland University.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board?

I have spent over 25 years working as a sonographer and would like to give back to the industry. I am always looking for new experiences and the chance to meet new people and learn new things. I am looking forward to the opportunity to positively affect change, working towards causes important to sonographers. I hope for the chance to provide my specific knowledge and expertise to the organisation to really make a difference.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director?

I have worked in both the private and public sector as a sonographer in the 26 years of my career, specialising in obstetric and gynaecology. In my workplace, I have had experience in the training of both medical students and Sonographers. I also have experience in mentoring in research.

I completed my PhD in 2018 acquiring many useful skills including the ability to gather and interpret information, ability to analyse data, oral communication skills, ability to make decisions and solve problems, written communication skills. In addition, I learn quickly and have creativity/innovative thinking.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good governance is essential for the ASA to achieve objectives and drive improvement for sonographers whilst maintaining legal and ethical standing in the eyes of regulators and the wider community.

Key issues are:

  • elevating sonographers and their role within health to the general community and the healthcare system,
  • promoting the regulation of sonographers with APHRA to protect the public and set standards, and
  • encouraging academic sonographers and promoting research within the field of ultrasound.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us? 

I am on the Editorial Board for Sonography journal.

More recently I successfully challenged NSW Health over the NSW Health Employees' Medical Radiation Scientists award interpretation at the Industrial Commission.

 

Roger Lee

I am currently the tutor sonographer at HIS Melbourne Eastern region with over a decade of clinical experience in both private and public settings. Having worked in the UK and Australia, I have a broad but deep understanding of the clinical applications of ultrasound as well as the challenges that sonographers meet on a daily basis.

I strive for excellence. With over five years of experience as a tutor sonographer and several awards for case presentations and conferences, I believe that upskilling and education continues to be my major focus. Seeing the differing quality of work from differing regions and companies, I trust raising the standard of US will be key in propelling the occupation forward in the future.

As an open minded individual, I embrace innovation in the ultrasound field and see it as an opportunity to break free from our current norms and expand our scope. I truly believe there is a tremendous room for growth in our field and we have the knowledge and desire for disruptive innovation in Australia.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board? 

I hope to empower change, innovate and expand a sonographer's role. I believe I have the experience and sight to help mould the growing role of a sonographer. I believe that radiology has not yet seen the disruptive innovation which has changed many industries in Australia. I want to help the ASA prepare and lead sonographers into this new space rather than waiting for it to come to us.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director? 

As a head of department and tutor for many years in both public and private sectors, I trust my leadership skills, ability to innovate and break out of current trends and moulds will be integral to directing the position of the ASA and sonographers. I would be hoping to impart my knowledge and ideas on moving away from the normal constraints of learning and expanding the possibility of educating through online platforms in ways never done before. This is all in an effort to build the right framework to support sonographers in their ever-evolving environments.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?  

Good governance requires firm, fair and scientifically driven standards to be set. This means that we can provide and ensure that all sonographers are providing accurate clinical driven reports to all patients. The key issue with US governance is the lack of national regulation and lack of standardisation across the industry.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us?

No.

 

Julie Noonan

I am a registered sonographer with 13 years of scanning experience. I have worked in small private practices with onsite radiologists, a rural public hospital with offsite radiologists, and a large busy public hospital with many radiologists onsite. I have been involved on many occasions with training student sonographers which I have found extremely rewarding.

I have spent 18 months locuming, gaining additional training and experience. In particular, I spent 15 months working for Barwon Medical Imaging where I gained valuable experience with advanced obstetric scanning and pediatric studies. I have also locumed in WA, and spent a week locuming in remote Longreach at the hospital department. 

For the past 3 years I have worked for myself in a sonographer owned clinic in Terang, rural Victoria. I absolutely love what I am doing. I have an offsite radiology reporting and have built a wonderful rapport with the local GP Clinics. I am passionate about our profession and delivering a professional service to my community. 

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board? 

I am passionate about our profession and the highly skilled service we provide. As a self-employed sonographer working in a rural community, I can offer a different perspective and experience. I have always valued the ASA for education and support and would love to offer my service to help move our profession forward. I do not have any prior experience as a Board member and think it would be a great learning opportunity. 

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director? 

I am a registered sonographer with 13 years of scanning experience. I have worked in small private practices with onsite radiologists, a rural public hospital with offsite radiologists, and a large busy public hospital with many radiologists onsite. I have been involved on many occasions with training student sonographers which I have found extremely rewarding.

I spent 18 months locuming, gaining additional training and experience. In particular, I spent 15 months working for Barwon Medical Imaging where I gained valuable experience with advanced obstetric scanning and paediatric studies.  I have also locumed in WA, and spent a week locuming in remote Longreach at the hospital department.

For the past 3 years I have worked for myself in a sonographer owned clinic in Terang, rural Victoria. I absolutely love what I am doing. I have an offsite radiology reporting and have built a wonderful rapport with the local GP Clinics. I am passionate about our profession and delivering a high quality and timely service to my community.

From all of my past experience and current situation I have developed strong management skills, an understanding of education and training, a unique insight to rural and remote practices and the limitations and benefits of both. I'm self-motivated and driven.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good governance to me is strong leadership with a clear vision and goals. A governing body working together to improve services and support its members and the profession as a whole. A governing body should be receptive to members’ needs and work together to implement goals effectively and efficiently. Meeting financial goals.

As a profession I think generally we are very inclusive. I am very aware that we still need to advance public and professional understanding of the importance and skill we bring to our practice. Meeting the current goals of promotion of our profession.

Enhancing the quality and education of members, thereby standardising and improving the quality of sonographer skills and knowledge, particularly because it is largely operator dependant.

Continue to provide training and learning opportunities.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us?

Currently the GPs from the local Terang clinic meet with me at my clinic and we discuss patient studies using the scans as a visual aid. It has been a great learning opportunity for all of us.  I am able to get feedback from them and by learning more about ultrasound they are building an image library, learning terminology which is helping with report interpretation, and brushing up their basic scanning skills.  At this particular GP clinic, they have medical students and GP registrars who are finding the sessions beneficial. I think this is also helping local promotion of our profession.

 

Nick Palmieri

I am currently employed as a Clinical Applications Specialist for Agfa Healthcare, which is the PACS vendor to large private clinics such as GenesisCare and the provider to hospital wide data management services to 1 in 3 hospitals throughout Australia. Prior to this role, I worked for Philips Healthcare ANZ for almost nine years working in their cardiology healthcare informatics services, gaining experience through this role with secondments in North America and South East Asia.
Through my roles with Agfa and Philips, I have gained valuable exposure to the current and future challenges and opportunities faced by healthcare informatics and modern diagnostic imaging departments, knowledge which I believe are useful tools for strategic planning within our industry.
I have practiced as a cardiac sonographer for 16 years, been a member of the ASA since January 2017, and been registered with ASAR since June 2008.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board?

I see this as a great opportunity to expand my sonography network in a positive and constructive environment.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director?

I am currently employed as a Clinical Applications Specialist for Agfa Healthcare, which is the PACS vendor to large private clinics such as GenesisCare and the provider to hospital wide data management services to 1 in 3 hospitals throughout Australia. Prior to this role, I worked for Philips Healthcare ANZ for almost nine years working in their cardiology healthcare informatics services, gaining experience through this role with secondments in North America and South East Asia.

Through my roles with Agfa and Philips, I have gained valuable exposure to the current and future challenges and opportunities faced by healthcare informatics and modern diagnostic imaging departments, knowledge which I believe are useful tools for strategic planning within our industry.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA? 

Good governance means being the ears of an organisation, and listening to the issues which impact upon the wide variety of ASA members.

The employment conditions along with the recognition of sonographers within the allied health community are of paramount importance for current sonographers and the longevity of the profession. The physical and mental health of sonographers should also never be forgotten.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us?

* I have practiced as a cardiac sonographer for 16 years.

* I have been a member of the Australasian Sonographers Association since January 2017.

* I have been registered with the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry since June 2008.

 

Anthony Wald

Anthony is an accredited cardiac sonographer working in point-of-care ultrasound education for the PoCUS program at Monash Health, Victoria.
He is completing his Masters in Clinical Education and Teaching through Melbourne University, with a research interest in the facilitators and barriers to echocardiography teaching and training.

Anthony has been an elected member director of the ASA for the past two years. In this time he has sat on the Cardiac SIG and is the chair of the SPAC committee.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board?

I have been an elected member of the board for the past two years. It takes this long to settle in and find one's feet.  The next three years, if elected, can be a time to take the training and education I have received as a Board member to add value to the organization.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director? 

Without doubt the last two years as a Board member is important experience I will bring for the next three years. Apart from the Board experience, I have 15 years management as chief cardiac physiologist managing a diverse team of physiologists and sonographers.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Governance is about following the guidelines laid out by the various government bodies that regulate our sector. ASA has tightened up on governance and the Board is kept up to date by the CS and CEO. The Covid-19 pandemic is probably the most pressing challenge. It appears government is changing rules on the go and the organisation needs to be on top of that.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us? 

The past two years have been very interesting and a steep learning curve. By no means have I finished learning but I feel I can now start contributing to the benefit of the ASA.

 

Jacqui Williamson

Jacqui works closely with new echo trainees to develop the hands-on skills required to perform echocardiography. With a career in cardiac technology spanning 20 years, Jacqui has a breadth of experience in echo training having worked in both the public and private sectors providing training to sonographers, intensivists and anaesthetists. As a DMU examiner and invited speaker at national conferences, Jacqui has shown her passion for echo education and works hard to build the professional profile of cardiac sonography. Jacqui is currently completing a Master of Healthcare Leadership which will assist her in providing quality training and leadership to echo trainees and colleagues.

Why are you applying for a position on the ASA Board? 

I would love the opportunity to work alongside like-minded people to promote our profession while upholding and dispersing the ASA’s core vision and values. In my work I provide patient-centred care and understand the need to provide high quality, evidence-based data within my scope of practice. I have a positive attitude and commitment to reaching goals which is bolstered through strong connections with others. I build respectful relationships and believe this is the basis for achieving success. I believe I would make a valuable member of the Board whilst also contributing to my own professional growth.

What key experience and learnings would you utilise in the role as board director? 

I have a diverse background in cardiac sonography including extensive clinical experience, management, training and education and more recently research interests. This range of positions has given me insight into the specific needs of sonographers and key healthcare stakeholders in each of these areas. I am a strong advocate for the sonography profession and would love the opportunity to impact the future direction of our field.  I have completed a Masters of Healthcare Leadership which has strengthened my understanding of health systems, policies and practices.

What does good governance mean to you and what do you think are some of the key governance-related issues currently facing ASA?

Good governance is providing responsible and responsive leadership and management which is designed to benefit members. This is achieved through open and transparent communication with key stakeholders to seek and provide feedback on the needs of individuals from each stakeholder group. Some of the key governance areas currently facing the ASA include guidelines for the use of new technologies and new techniques, addressing the critical workforce shortage of sonographers in Australia and facilitating research to help maintain appropriate standards of care.

Is there any other information you would like to provide us?

One of the issues being a cardiac sonographer with a background in cardiac physiology has been being part of relatively small group made it hard to have our professional voices heard. The ASA has provided an opportunity to join forces with a larger number of professionals providing support, stability and strength to its members. As a member of the ASA I am pleased to have the backing of this professional organisation and would love the opportunity to contribute to the future direction of our field and give back to the profession.

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