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History of the ASA

History of the ASA

The ASA was established on 27th October 1992 by the Victorian Ultrasonographers Group, with interstate support as a body that exclusively represented the sonography profession with the founding President Andrew Martin’s mission to move towards sonographer registration with an agenda to preserve and improve the sonographer role in the medical imaging equation. 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.

1992

Australian Sonographers Association (ASA) registered under Victorian Law on 27 October 1992 as a not-for-profit incorporated association

1993

ASA membership reaches 300

1994

First Annual National Conference held in Sydney in June

1994

ASA partners with the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and The Australian Institute of Radiography (now Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy – ASMIRT) to establish the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Board (now the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry – ASAR)

1997

ASA membership reaches 600

1997

Inaugural Sonographer of the Year award

1997

soundeffects news changed from newsletter to publication format

1999

First formal strategic plan developed

1999

Full-time secretariat appointed to support the ASA Council

2001

Sonographer accreditation recognised as the minimum standard in Medicare regulation from November 2001, following consistent advocacy work on behalf of sonographers

2002

ASA membership reaches 1,000

2003

First Travelling Workshops held

2003

Organisation-wide review undertaken by external consultant sets the course for significant governance and structural change

2004

ASA becomes a company limited by guarantee; governing body changes from a Federal Council to a Board of Directors

2004

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

2005

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

2008

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

2008

PD-asa established

2009

ASA membership reaches 2,500

2011

Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer contribute to further regulation and quality of sonography in Australia

2011

Inaugural Awards of Excellence

2012

Membership reaches 70% of accredited sonographers in Australia

2012

Strategic Plan 2012–2015 rolls out initiatives such as establishment of New Zealand branches, online learning including live and recorded asawebinars, online reference collection

2014

Membership votes to change the Association's name to the Australasian Sonographers Association, recognising New Zealand members, branches and volunteers

2014

ASA becomes registered charitable organisation

2014

Launch of Sonography journal and separation from soundeffects news

2015

ASA membership reaches 4,300

2015

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

2016

ASA Fellowship Program established

2017

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

2017

ASA membership reaches 5,000; member participation in PD-asa reaches 2,000

2017

Launch of new member e-newsletter cross section

2018

25th Annual Conference held in Sydney with record attendance

2018

Launch of ASA Research Grant program

2018

Launch of annual Australasian Sonographers Day, 27 October

2019

Launch of new sonography research summary Making Waves in Sonography Research

2019

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

2019

ASA membership reaches 6,000

2020

Website redeveloped and online learning opportunities substantially enhanced

2020

First fully virtual Annual International Conference held, 17–18 October

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