Advisory and Program Committees
There are six advisory committees, where members apply via an Expression of Interest when a vacancy arises:
- Sonography Editorial Board
- Conference Program Committee
- Sonographer Policy and Advisory Committee
- Education Advisory Committee
- Awards of Excellence Advisory Panel
- Fellowship Panel
The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) provides educational advice and support to the ASA in line with the ASA’s strategic intent by collaborating with the ASA office to formulate a list of speakers and topics for future travelling workshops, webinars and other CPD events.
It formulates selection criteria and reviews applications for the Annual International Conference (AIC) conveners’ and convening committee as well as the Special Interests Group (SIG) days program committee.
The EAC provides oversight, leadership and assistance to the AIC convening committee, SIG program committee and branches (in consultation with the ASA office) to develop balanced, relevant and quality scientific programs. It collaborates with the ASA office to evaluate educational events and make recommendations for future changes.
It also supports the exploration of future revenue streams from education activities.
The Sonographer Policy and Advisory Committee (SPAC), in collaboration with the ASA office, provides policy as well as advocacy advice and support to the Board of Directors in line with the Board’s strategic intent. It does this by identifying new and emerging policy and advocacy issues relevant to the ASA as they arise; and providing expert advice and where possible supporting this with research or other data on policy, industry and advocacy issues facing the sonography profession.
The SPAC acts as the authoritative source and provides expertise on the technical aspects of sonography; and prioritises and developes professional standards, policies and guidelines.
The Sonography Editorial Board is a group of experts from the sonography profession. Editorial Board members are involved in:
- Reviewing manuscripts
- Advising on the journal’s aims and scope
- Suggesting topics and assisting to produce special and virtual issues
- Encouraging submissions to the journal
- Promoting the journal
- Decision making in the peer review process and direction of the journal.
The Annual Conference Program Committee is responsible for development of the scientific conference program within the parameters set out by the ASA and Education Advisory Committee (EAC). Collaborating with the ASA office and the EAC, the program committee formulates a list of speakers and topics (in workshop and lecture format) for the annual conference.
The committee collaborates with the ASA office and the EAC to develop a conference theme, to source appropriate patients with certain pathologies for live scanning in workshops and works with the ASA to identify risk factors and contingencies such as replacement presentations/topics to ensure an effective educational and complete program.
The role of the ASA’s Awards of Excellence Judging Panel is to review the nominations for all the Awards of Excellence and Pru Pratten Memorial Achievement Award, apply the established criteria to determine all finalists and winners in a credible process that ensures results are above censure, and review and make recommendations regarding the Awards and judging criteria.
The role of the Fellowship Panel is to apply the established criteria to ensure the status of Associate Fellow (AFASA) and Fellow (FASA) of the ASA are appropriately granted. The panel assesses the material as presented by the applicant or candidate.
The panel will also regularly review the Table of Achievements and modify them as required and make recommendations in relation to the entry criteria.