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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 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 prgram and to meet MRPBA's CPD requirements?

Yes. The ASAR CPD program requires 40 points in each triennium, whereas the MRPBA requires 60 CPD hours in each triennium, with a minimum of 10 CPD hours per year. The activities recorded for the ASAR program can
also contribute to meeting the MRPBA’s requirements. For example, attendance at a sonography conference can be submitted to the ASAR program and may also be counted towards meeting the MRPBA CPD requirements.

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