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.
New: AANMS Submission to Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Review
As advised in the President's address to the 2015 AANMS Annual General Meeting on 18 April 2015, the AANMS has made a submission to the TGA earlier this year. A copy of the submission can be downloaded here. The submission contains several attachments, as follows; each attachment can be downloaded from the link:
Article by Silberstein EB, Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Letter from the AANMS to the TGA, February 2013
Letter from the AANMS to the TGA, May 2014.
Update: AANMS Cross-Sectional Anatomy Course
The 2015 AANMS Cross-Sectional Anatomy Course will be held over Friday, 28 August to Sunday, 30 August 2015 inclusive, at The Langham Hotel Melbourne. Following a priority registration period for AANMS members/Fellows and accredited Nuclear Medicine trainees, registration will open to other interested medical specialists and advanced medical trainees from 20 May 2015. Please contact the AANMS Secretariat if you would like to receive information and a registration form when registration opens.
2014 Federal Budget Issues
Following the announcement in the May 2014 Federal Budget of a number of proposals potentially affecting nuclear medicine patients, the AANMS made representations to Government as well as to the Opposition and cross-bench members and Senators about the proposed $7 patient contribution payment that was to apply to all DI services, as well as changes that were going to affect the Medicare Safety Net, the greatest permissible gap and the bulk billing incentive. A copy of the AANMS Position Statement can be found here. The patient contribution legislation has now been introduced to Parliament and defeated, and an amended proposal has now been developed. The AANMS will continue to press for a reasonable outcome for nuclear medicine patients.
Nuclear Medicine Training Sites for 2015
A list of sites accredited for nuclear medicine and/or PET training for 2015 can be found here.
RACP Congress 2015
Breaking Boundaries Creating Connections
24 - 27 May 2015
Register Now! http://www.racpcongress2015.com/
From Sunday, 24 to Wednesday, 27 May 2015 the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is holding its annual Congress in the stunning tropical setting of Cairns, North Queensland.
The RACP Congress is the premier annual event on the RACP calendar. RACP Congress 2015 includes the ceremony, a diverse program including workshops and sessions, exhibits, and social functions.
In 2015, the RACP is building on the past theme of Future Directions in Health, and moving forward to reinvigorate the Congress and challenge delegates to ‘break boundaries and create connections’, making the Congress an event not to be missed.
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.
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:
Information for PET credentialling
Application form for PET credentialling
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.
ANZBMS Clinical Densitometry Course
The next ANZBMS Clinical Densitometry Course will be held at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, over 28 February - 1 March 2015. Early-bird registration closes on 30 January 2015; late registration will close on 13 February 2015.
For further information and to register, please visit the ANZBMS website at: https://www.anzbms.org.au/anzbms-bone-densitometry-course.asp.
3rd Theranostics World Congress on Ga-68 and PRRT
Registration is now open for the 3rd Theranostics World Congress on Ga-68 and PRRT to be held at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore USA over 12 - 15 March 2015. For full details visit: http://www.snmmi.org/wcga68.
ANZSNM Annual Scientific Meeting 2015
Registration is now open for the ANZSNM Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held in Brisbane over 17 - 20 April 2015. For more information, visit www.anzsnm2015.com.au/registration.html.
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