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Sonographers practicing Radiography FAQs

SONOGRAPHERS PRACTICING RADIOGRAPHY FAQS

- What does ASAR do?

ASAR accredits courses in post-graduate sonographer education and accredits qualified and student sonographers. Accredited sonographers are listed on the ASAR register. To remain on the register sonographers must pay their annual ASAR fee and comply with an ASAR approved CPD program. ASAR has its own CPD program and also approves the CPD programs of ASA, ASUM and ASMIRT. It is a Medicare requirement that ultrasound examinations are performed by sonographers on the ASAR register.

- What does MRPBA do?

The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) is a registration board and regulates the practice of diagnostic radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and radiation therapists. To remain registered, diagnostic radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and radiation therapists must undertake a MRPBA approved CPD program. The ASAR CPD program is not currently approved by the MRPBA.

- When are sonographers required to be registered with MRPBA?

Only sonographers wanting to also practice in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy will need to be on the ASAR register and be registered with the MRPBA.

- Do sonographers need to meet the CPD requirements of both the ASAR and MRPBA programs?

Yes. Practitioners wanting to practice in sonography and diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy will need to satisfy the CPD requirements of both ASAR and MRPBA.

- Can the same CPD points be used in both the ASAR program and to meet MRPBA's CPD requirements?

Yes.

The MRPBA provides the following guidelines in the document "Policy on ultrasound in relation to CPD and for Recency of Practice" on their website

 Ultrasound is a recognised activity of medical radiation practice. Therefore, learning and development activities relating to ultrasound may contribute towards meeting the CPD requirements. A CPD activity that has a significant intellectual or practical content primarily directed to a practitioner’s practice or expansion of practice may be eligible as a substantive CPD activity. 

The ASAR CPD program requires 60 points for those undertaking a new triennium from 1st January,2017 and this will be phased in for all sonographers as they switch to a new triennium.  

Medical radiation practitioners must complete 60 hours of CPD over a three year period – with at least 10 hours in any one year. At least 35 hours must be substantive CPD activities – that is activities that have a significant intellectual or practical content that is relevant to their practice. More information is available on their website