2015 AGM: Reports from representatives to other organisations
AAFITN Report – Winston Chong
I stepped down as the President of the AAFITN at the AAFITN AGM/ASM in Danang, Vietnam in April 2014.
Prof Dae Suh is now the President until the next AGM/ASM in Bali, Indonesia 2016. The President of this meeting is Dr.Prijo Sidipratomo.
The main aim of Prof Dae and the Executive for the next 2 years is development of an AAFITN website. He also hopes to encourage better communication and collaborative research amongst the regional members.
The AAFITN has no individual members but is a federation of the Interventional Neuroradiology Societies of the Asia Pacific region.
WFITN Report - Winston Chong.
The WFITN holds an ABC-WIN meeting in Val d’Isere every January. It holds the large WFITN meeting once every two years. The next meeting is in the Gold Coast and then in Budapest, Hungary in 2017.
The current President is Prof Georges Rodesch. In the last two years, he has redeveloped the WFITN website and this has just been launched.
Under Prof Rodesch’s guidance, WFNS (World Federation of Neurosurgeons) has accepted the principle of a joint educational course on neurovascular diseases with the WFITN which is an important step forward in the teaching of INR within neurosciences. I have been invited to be part of the project.
Every year the WFITN develops and discusses a theme related to INR and I have been invited to contribute to it over the last 5 years and also in the future. These topics included “Relationships with Companies”, “Continuing Medical Education and Requalification in Neurointervention”, “Ethics in Neurointervention”. Once the discussions are finalized, they are written up and published in Interventional Neuroradiology.
ESNR Report – Mark Khangure
The 2014 meeting was the Symposium Neuroradiologicum in Istanbul with Prof.Turgut Tali as President. I was fortunate enough to be on the scientific committee and had the task of organizing the brain tumour component of the symposium. There was a large contingent of ANZSNR members at the meeting including past presidents of ANZSNR and of course past president of the 2006 Symposium Prof Mick Sage.
There were several presentations of scientific papers by ANZSNR members and a presentation by Prof Trish Desmond at one of the plenary sessions. All involved in the presentations, both in diagnostics and intervention made the ANZSNR proud with their very polished and high quality presentations.
There was a session dedicated to making neuroradiology a recognized sub-specialty in Europe with Olaf Floodmark as the outgoing president of WFNRS and Prof Marco Leonardo as the president of the Symposium in 2010. The main theme of their thrust was on :--
- Separate departments of neuroradiology, diagnostic and interventional, totally divorced from the main departments of radiology.
- A redesigned teaching programme with the trainee spending only 2years on the fundamentals of radiology( technology, radiography , physics etc) and 3years of neuroradiology which includes a year of neurosciences( depts of neurosurgery, neurology and pathology) \.
- A fellowship of 2 years in either diagnostics or INR.
At the current moment neuroradiology is still regarded as part of radiology and not a specialty on its own.
There was, as expected, a robust discussion with very differing points of view. We will have to watch and see what transpires and then decide where we want to go.
The 2018 Symposium is in Taiwan and ANZSNR need to be involved in its organisation.
WFNRS Report - Trish Desmond
As WFNRS member I was on the scientific Committee for the meeting in Istanbul last September and attended the meeting of representatives that was held at that time. (see Mark Kanghure's comments above)
IRSA Report – Mark Brooks
The current issue involving IRSA members which is of interest to ANZSNR is the provision of diagnostic cerebral angiography services by IRSA members. The position of IRSA on this issue is outlined in the attached document, also available on IRSA website, the DRAFT IRSA Cranial arteriography guidelines. This document is currently in the process of ratifiaction by RANZCR.
In summary it supports the provision of diagnostic cerebral angiography services by IRSA members with the appropriate training, and credentialing through the conjoint committee on peripheral endovascular therapy. It requires that members undertaking cerebral angiography maintain an audit of activity, outcomes and complications and produce audit figures on request. Outcomes should be consistent with the standards of practice document produced by IRSA in conjunction with RANZCR.
RANZCR Report - Catherine Mandel
New SEO: Mark Nevin. He is the staff member responsible for the in-house management of clinical radiology matters. He has a background in policy and has worked in the UK and EU for and representing other health organisations.
Governance review: There is a review of the structure of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology committees etc. This should not affect ANZSNR directly as we are an affiliated group but may affect the practicalities of interacting with RANZCR as new structures are developed. The intention is to make things simpler.
MSAC applications: RANZCR is developing a process to support MSAC applications with a view to listing on the MBS. If there areneuroradiology procedures that should be MBS listed please make these known next time there is a call for items. In the interim please let me know so that I can bring it to the attention of FCR Council. Each application needs a clinical lead to work with the RANZCR staff to develop the application.
MBS Co-payment: RANZCR has been working hard to deal with the co-payment and will continue to monitor the situation.
Workforce: RANZCR need to get good statistics in order for RANZCR to be able to assist us. Please complete any surveys sent out and ask your directors to do so too. RANZCR will be sending a survey to radiologists who have recently completed their training and would ask that you encourage your junior colleagues to complete these too. Without dataRANZCR cannot work effectively to support us.
CPD: Participation is now a condition of membership. This is not a burden as we are required to undertake CPD as it is a requirement for registration with AHPRA and MCNZ.
ASM: Feedback on the CSM would be helpful. Do you like or dislike the combined meeting? What do you want from the ASM? How can we make it better? The ASM is the RANZCR flagship meeting and they want it to meet your needs.
Training: The new curriculum and training programme is now established: this is a five year programme to give trainees a good, solid general radiologist education and a foundation for post-fellowship subspecialist training if desired. There is no intention to change this but minor changes to adapt to new techniques and technology, or to meet regulatory requirements are possible.
Guidelines taskforce: The taskforce is reporting to the board at the end
of March. Recommendations should then be made public. ANZSNR needs to be alert to any opportunities in the neuro-sphere.
Angiography RANZCR is aware of ANZSNR’s concerns and work is in progress to address this. An update can be made when appropriate.
Feedback, questions and concerns for/about RANZCR Please contact me and/or any other councillors: it is helpful for me to know of neuro-related concerns so that I can represent the ANZSNR’s interests. The names of all councillors are available on the RANZCR website.
ANZAN Report - Peter Mitchell
The SSA held their meeting at the end of 2014 attended by Prof Michael Hill. He visited Victoria and RMH. The two societies have kept each other informed as to meetings of mutual interest.
AOSNHNR Report - Randall Jones
No report tabled