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Pru Pratten Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to Dr Rebecca Perry, 2023 

The recipient of the 2023 Pru Pratten Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr Rebecca Perry.  For over 20 years, Dr Rebecca Perry has volunteered her time to the ASA and the sonography profession. She has been both a committee member and chair of our ASA Special Interest Groups, Editorial Board and served on several program committees.  

Bec has been involved in research since 2003 and has raised over $350,000 in research funding, which has helped to shape clinical practice, save lives, as well as reduce sonographer-related injuries. Bec’s dedication to sharing her knowledge with sonographers is extensive. She completed her PhD in 2013 and has presented extensively both nationally and internationally, with more than 40 peer-reviewed articles published.  

Bec is a passionate educator who has significantly impacted the careers of many from students and senior sonographers to consultants. She has developed a sonography course program from scratch, as well as designing innovative systems to enhance teaching and training.  Bec has been involved in outreach strategies for Aboriginal diabetes clinics to assist with early detection and prevention.  

Her dedication to advancing the field of cardiac sonography has been a true inspiration for others. Bec is a Fellow of the ASA and an avid advocate for cardiac sonographers.

The ASA is proud to present Rebecca with this prestigious Award. Thank you for your continued service to the ASA, your peers and your profession.

About the award

The prestigious Pru Pratten Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award (PPMLAA) recognises and honours a sonographer who has made a significant contribution to the profession, and the ASA, over the course of their career.  

PPMLAA nominees will display a desire for excellence, demonstrate outstanding achievements and through their personal efforts have helped to advance the sonography profession. See below for nomination criteria and eligibility. 

The 2024 Award recipient will be announced and honoured at the Gala Dinner held at the ASA2024 Sydney Conference. 

In 2023, the ASA Board made the decision to grant all past and future Pru Pratten Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award recipients with Honorary ASA Lifetime Membership, in recognition of their invaluable contributions to the sonography profession and to the ASA. 


The nomination criteria include three categories: 

  • Service to the ASA – includes presenting at ASA events, writing for Sonography journal, and being active on ASA committees/branches, 
  • Mentoring and training – includes being actively involved in the training of others to more formal positions of clinical supervisors or educators, 
  • Service to humanity and innovation – includes research, volunteering to outreach communities or the creation of new ways of educating and training sonographers. 

You can find the detailed criteria here


To be eligible for nomination: 

  • The nominee must be a financial and continuous member of the ASA for a minimum of 15 years, 
  • Nominees cannot have previously received the ASA Sonographer of the Year, Pru Pratten Memorial Award 
  • Nominees cannot be current sitting ASA Board members or ASA staff  

Nominees may also be put forward for the Awards of Excellence in the same year, however separate applications will need to be submitted. 

In 2019, the prestigious Pru Pratten Memorial Award was renamed to The Pru Pratten Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a member's significant contributions to the profession and the ASA over their entire career.

2023         Rebecca Perry
2022         Michelle Fenech
2021         Greg Lammers
2019         Louise Worley
2018         Anita Bowman
2017         Ilona Lavender and Michelle Pedretti
2016         Kerry Thoirs
2015         Cain Brockley
2014         Jessie Childs
2013         Ann Quinton
2012         Vanessa Pincham
2011         Susan Campbell Westerway
2010         Bonita Anderson
2009         Margaret Condon
2008         Faye Temple
2007         Robyn Tantau
2006         Jane Keating
2005         Shaun O’Regan
2004         Val Gregory
2003         Pru Pratten
2002         Stephen Bird
2001         Jenny Parkes
2000         Marilyn Zelesco
1999         Peter Coombs
1998         Roger Gent
1997         Margo Harkness

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