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Sunday 11/12 2011
ASAR Newsletter 2011

Name Change

Note that the name of the company Australasian Sonographers Accreditation Registry Limited was changed to the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry Limited by special resolution of the ASAR Members on 26 November 2011. The new name has been registered with ASIC.

The name change reflects ASAR’s jurisdictional boundaries.

Principles of the Proposed ASAR Governance Structure

Over the last 15 months ASAR has undertaken an extensive independent review of its structure and processes in order to ensure that ASAR is appropriately positioned to respond to and operate within, the evolving education/training and continuing professional development (CPD) sector.

As part of that review process, significant efforts were made to engage stakeholders at all levels.

Two of the key recommendations from the independent report are the review of ASAR’s Membership and Governance Structure and Program Accreditation Guidelines (PAG).

A document outlining the proposed ASAR Governance structure including membership, Board structure, the functions of ASAR and the transitioning process will be sent to key stakeholder organisations shortly for comment.

Further information including the document referred to above will be provided to Sonographers on the Registry in early 2012.

Program Accreditation Guidelines (PAG) Review 

The PAG update is a component of an on-going review that has been more than fifteen months in development and implementation, with significant stakeholder engagement occurring at various levels. The main object of this review is to improve the processes of ASAR and bring the PAG into line with current educational and professional requirements of sonography.

The PAG will be aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. Qualifications from each education and training sector are incorporated into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.

Aligning the PAG to the AQF will provide more structured guidelines for accreditation submissions and assessment criteria. These will provide a more structured process for those preparing and assessing applications for accreditation of sonography training programs.

It is anticipated that updated Accreditation Standards and Criteria, an Evidence Guide and a standardised Application form will be completed and available from the ASAR website by the end of 2011.

New Website and Online Database is Live 

Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the new website. Some of the features of the new website include:

  • Instant updating of CPD records entered by Sonographers on the Registry
  • Instant updating of contact information by Sonographers on the Registry
  • Sonographers on the Registry will have access to all information in their individual member profile
  • Sonographers on the Registry will be able to print out their own CPD activity reports
  • Interactive PDF forms that can be filled out and emailed directly to ASAR
  • PDF print out of Accreditation Status available to individual Sonographers.

The Public Register of Accredited Sonographers remains on the new website.

ASAR welcomes feedback on the new website.

Please email any feedback to registry@asar.com.au

Fees for 2012 

Please note the change in fees listed below for 2012.

Renewal notices will be sent electronically to your nominated e-mail address in January 2012.

Please ensure that your contact details are correct by visiting your profile on line.

AMS Renewal $119.00 including GST
CPD default Renewal $150.00 including GST
Student Renewal $119.00 including GST
Temporary Residents renewal $119.00 including GST
Accreditation Fee (new applicants) $119.00 including GST
Reactivation $55.00 including GST
Re-application Fee 200.00 including GST
   
Bank fee for dishonoured cheque $9.00
Duplicate Certificate $20.00 including GST