The AANMS (Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists ) is the peak body representing nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in Australia and New Zealand. The Association was formerly known as the Australian and New Zealand Association of Physicians in Nuclear Medicine (ANZAPNM).
Ordinary Members of the AANMS must be actively practising nuclear medicine, and must be Fellows of either the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).
The AANMS has a range of objectives that include: promotion and advancement of the practice of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, the development and delivery of practice and training site accreditation programs, research coordination, training and CPD program development, trainee support, referrer education, representation of the specialty at Commonwealth and State levels and close involvement in all matters concerning the sustainability of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, including liaison with a range of organisations such as ANSTO and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM).
In supporting quality nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, the AANMS's Members and Fellows follow a Code of Conduct.
The AANMS is a not-for-profit organisation and is governed by a Board that is elected biannually by the membership. A copy of the Association's Constitution can be viewed here.
AANMS BOARD 2014 - 2016
TRAINING / FELLOWSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE
Lake Imaging, Ballarat, has a position available for a trainee or Fellow in nuclear medicine/PET for 2015; the position is most suited to someone entering the second year of core training. Full details can be found on the flyer.
CTCA Recertification: Implementation of New Recertification Pathways
The Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in CT Coronary Angiography (the Committee) undertook a review of the Training Requirements for CTCA Specialists in 2013, with a view to establishing alternative recertification pathways for CTCA Specialists.
During the course of the review, moratorium arrangements were introduced so as not to penalise CTCA specialists whose recertification applications did not meet the original recertification criteria, but might meet the agreed upon additional pathways for recertification once the review was completed. Under moratorium arrangements, all CTCA Specialists due for recertification have been required to submit their recertification application regardless of whether all of the existing recertification criteria have been met or not. The moratorium arrangements will cease on 30 June 2014, which means that the Conjoint Committee will continue to accept moratorium applications from CTCA Specialists whose recertification anniversary falls due on or before 30 June 2014.
Following consultation with CTCA Specialists and the three parent bodies of the Committee (the Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists, the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists), the Committee has now released a revised version of the Training Requirements document which introduces additional recertification pathways for Level A and Level B CTCA Specialists.
Transitional arrangements have been developed to support CTCA Specialists who have applied for recertification under the moratorium arrangements. These are intended to be as equitable as possible while maintaining a minimum standard to underpin the credentialing program. Full details are provided via links below.
Recertification applicants whose applications have been considered under moratorium arrangements and did not meet pre-existing Recertification criteria will be contacted by the CTCA secretariat and provided with options available to them for addressing the new Recertification Pathways. If you are in doubt as to your CTCA Registration status, please contact the CTCA secretariat at ctca[at]ranzcr.edu.au.
ResourcesCTCA Courses for Training and Recertification
Courses Available in 2014 for Training and Recertification in CTCA:
St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney is offering the following CTCA courses in 2014 - please see the flyer below for further information:
Cardiac CT Course (Level A): 22 - 26 October 2014
Cardiac CT Recertification : 18 - 21 October 2014. These courses are suitable for those seeking either Level A or Level B recertification.
TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR PET ACCREDITATION
The ANZSNM's Requirements for PET Accreditation (Instrumentation & Radiation Safety) 2012, 2nd Edition, are now available here.
REMINDER FOR NUCLEAR MEDICINE SPECIALISTS: PET TRAINING and CREDENTIALLING
Nuclear medicine specialists who intend to do training in positron emission tomography (PET) must ensure that they submit an application for prospective approval of their PET training to the Joint Specialist Advisory Committee (JSAC) of the RACP and the RANZCR.
All PET training must be prospectively approved by the JSAC in order for this training to be accredited. Following completion of accredited PET training, the nuclear medicine specialist must then apply for credentialling for PET in order that Medicare payments can be made to patients for PET services.
To enquire about prospective approval of PET training and obtain the relevant forms, please contact the RACP at NuclearMedicine[at]racp.edu.au or phone 02 8247 6279.
Following completion of PET training, specialists must also ensure they obtain credentialling for PET in order that Medicare payments can be made for their PET services. For PET credentialling queries, please see the following:
NM TRAINING SITES 2014 and 2015
A list of sites accredited for nuclear medicine and/or PET training for 2014 can be found here.
A list of sites accredited for nuclear medicine and/or PET training for 2015 can be found here.
INFORMATION FOR REFERRING DOCTORS AND PATIENTS - Revised Editions
Information prepared by the AANMS for doctors requesting nuclear medicine procedures and for patients referred for either a nuclear medicine procedure or for nuclear medicine therapy can be found at the following links; each leaflet can be downloaded in a version for mobile devices and a version for printing/desktop.
Referrer's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - version for mobile devices
Referrer's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - printable/desktop version
Patient's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - version for mobile devices
Patient's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - printable/desktop version
Nuclear Medicine Therapy Guide - version for mobile devices
Nuclear Medicine Therapy Guide - printable/desktop version.
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