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About the ASA

History of the ASA

The ASA was established 27 October 1992 by the Victorian Ultrasonographers Group, with interstate support as a body that exclusively represented the sonography profession. The founding President Andrew Martin’s mission was to move towards sonographer registration with an agenda to preserve and improve the sonographer role in the medical imaging profession. The purpose the organisation was founded on is still relevant today “the ASA will work for recognition, registration of its practitioners, education and continuing education for sonographers at all levels, and to maintain, standards of practice in the provision of high quality ultrasound diagnosis and community value for the ultrasound healthcare dollar”.

We've come a long way since then; the ASA is now the peak body representing sonographers in Australasia with over 7,000 members.

2022

  Submission for sonographer regulation under the NRAS finalised May 2022

  Launch of Ask an Expert and Podcasts

  30th Anniversary of the ASA on 27 October

2021

  First Hybrid Annual Conference held in Brisbane

  Launch of Member App

  Consumer website launched

2020

  Website redeveloped and online learning opportunities substantially enhanced

  First fully virtual Annual International Conference held

2019

  Launch of new sonography research summary Making Waves in Sonography Research

  Pru Pratten Memorial Sonographer of the Year relaunched as Pru Pratten Memorial Life Time Achievement Award

  ASA membership reaches 6,000

2018

  25th Annual Conference held in Sydney with record attendance

  Launch of ASA Research Grant program

  Launch of annual Australasian Sonographers Day, 27 October

2017

  Launch of new website and new web address at www.sonographers.org

  ASA membership reaches 5,000

  Member participation in CPD program reaches 2,000

  Launch of new member e-newsletter Cross Section

2016

  ASA Fellowship Program established

2015

  ASA membership reaches 4,300

  The Strategic Intent 2015–2020 sets a clear direction for the future of the ASA and sonography profession

2014

  Membership votes to change the association's name to the Australasian Sonographers Association

  ASA becomes registered charitable organisation

  Launch of Sonography journal and separation from soundeffects news

2012

  Membership reaches 70% of accredited sonographers in Australia

  Strategic Plan 2012–2015 initiatives include New Zealand branches, asawebinars and online reference collection

2011

  Competency Standards for Entry Level Sonographer contribute to quality of sonography in Australia

  Inaugural Awards of Excellence

2009

  ASA membership reaches 2,500

2008

  Current corporate branding introduced with launch of Strategic Plan 2008–2012

  PD-asa established

2005

  First Special Interest Group Symposium held in Hobart in October (vascular and O&G streams)

2004

  ASA becomes a company limited by guarantee and governing body changes to a Board of Directors

  First CEO appointed in November 2004 and ASA office implements a formal structure

2003

  First Travelling Workshops held

  Organisational review by external consultant sets the course for significant governance and structural change

2002

  ASA membership reaches 1,000

2001

  Sonographer accreditation recognised as the minimum standard in Medicare regulation

1999

  First formal strategic plan developed

  Full-time secretariat appointed to support the ASA Council

1997

  ASA membership reaches 600

  Inaugural Sonographer of the Year award

  soundeffects news changed from newsletter to publication format

1994

  First Annual National Conference held in Sydney in June

  ASA partners with ASUM and ASMIRT to establish the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR)

1993

  ASA membership reaches 300

1992

  Australian Sonographers Association (ASA) registered under Victorian Law on 27 October 1992

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