STEPHEN BIRD, AMS, DMU, DMU (Vascular), Musculoskeletal Sonography Training Coordinator – Stephen Bird is currently employed as a senior sonographer at Canberra Specialist Ultrasound and as a senior sonographer at Benson Radiology in Adelaide. Stephen began sonography in 1990, holds a General and a Vascular DMU and a Masters of Medical Sonography from the University of South Australia. Professionally, Stephen has served as a member of the ASUM Federal Council, ASA Federal Council, Chairman of ASAR and Chairman of the DMU Board of Examiners. He was the recipient of the 2002 ASA Sonographer Achievement Award and in 2008 was made an Honorary Fellow of ASUM.
His clinical practice case mix is that of a general sonographer, performing a broad range of examinations. He has a special interest in vascular, small parts and musculoskeletal ultrasound and has published and presented numerous papers on these topics.
DR BELINDA CHAN, BMedSc, MBBS(Hons), FRACS, Breast and General Surgeon – Dr Belinda Chan is a qualified Breast and General Surgeon, dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care.
She works closely with a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled specialists based at the Strathfield Breast Centre to tailor the management plan of each individual patient. This includes expert advice from radiologists, pathologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, breast care nurses, breast physicians, allied health professionals and researchers.
• Communicating openly and frequently with her patients and her team;
• Excellence in practice through continued education, experience and evidence-based medicine;
• Partnering with her patients throughout their journey.
Dr Chan is multi-lingual, having trained in Asia and Australia, making Cantonese, Mandarin and French speaking patients feel at ease.
Education and Training
Dr Chan was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2002, following completion of a Bachelor degree in Medical Science. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in General Surgery in 2010.
She has completed her Masters of Surgery by Research at the University of Sydney, investigating the genetic mutations in breast Phyllodes tumours.
Dr Chan completed her general advanced surgical training at the following hospitals throughout Australia:
• Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
• Concord Repatriation and General Hospital
• The Canberra Hospital
• Orange Base Hospital
• Alice Springs Hospital
She was also appointed as Clinical Surgical Superintendent at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for two years.
Her international experience includes specialist post-Fellowship training in Breast and Endocrine Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Singapore. She also visited the famous L’Institut du Sein in Paris, France, with a focus on oncoplastic breast surgery techniques.
Other international experience in specialist breast surgery includes:
• European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy
• Royal Marsden Hospital Trust, London, United Kingdom
• European Society of Surgical Oncology, Valencia, Spain
Dr Chan is currently accredited and appointed at the following hospitals:
• Visiting Medical Officer, Strathfield Private Hospital
• Visiting Medical Officer, Hunters Hill Private Hospital
• Visiting Medical Officer, Breastscreen NSW (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital)
• Consultant Surgeon, Sydney Breast Clinic
She is an Examiner for the Surgical Education and Training (SET) Clinical Examination and is also a Clinical Tutor at the University of Sydney teaching undergraduate medical students and surgical trainees.
Her memberships include:
• Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ)
• Women in Surgery Section of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
• European Society of Surgical Oncology
• General Surgeons Australia
Research Interests and Publications
Her areas of research include:
• Genetic biomarkers, molecular pathogenesis and mutations in breast Phyllodes tumours
• Triple negative breast cancer
• Mastectomy and breast conservation surgery rates in Singapore
• Giant hiatus hernia repair
• Management of chyle leaks after neck dissection
• Removal of breast lesions
• Oncoplastic breast conservation surgery
• Mastectomy, including skin and nipple sparing techniques
• Oncologic breast reconstruction and reduction
• Breast symptom assessment
• Breast cancer risk assessment and surveillance
• Breast ultrasound and needle biopsy
• Thyroid and minimally invasive parathyroid surgery
• General surgery including hernia repair, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, excision of skin and subcutaneous lesions.
PROFESSOR ROBERT GILL, PhD - Rob Gill has been involved in diagnostic ultrasound since 1969. As a research scientist, he has made major contributions to the advancement of the technology and its applications, particularly in the Doppler area. Throughout his career, he has also been strongly committed to working with professional organisations and in support of education.
Rob graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor’s degrees in Science and Electrical Engineering. He then proceeded to Stanford University in California, where he was awarded a Masters degree in Science and a PhD in Electronic Engineering.
Following graduation, Rob returned to Australia and took up a position as research scientist at the Ultrasonics Institute, a research laboratory led by Dr George Kossoff in the Commonwealth Department of Health. With the transfer of the Institute to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1989, Rob became involved in research management. His most recent position was as Deputy Chief and General Manager of CSIRO’s Division of Industrial Physics.
Rob’s research achievements include the development and patenting of two new methods for measuring blood flow, one licensed to Philips Medical and the other to the Australian company Ausonics. In parallel with his technological research, he led teams investigating new clinical applications, and published the first measurements of blood flow in the umbilical cord in normal and compromised pregnancies. He also led a team that developed high-performance second-generation colour Doppler technology, which again was licensed to Philips Medical.
He has published more than 70 scientific papers and book chapters and 150 conference papers, and has been an invited speaker at 27 major international meetings. He has authored four patents.
Rob’s professional involvement included a term as President of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and the award in 2005 of Life Membership of ASUM. He was elected a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and an Honorary Member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). He also served two terms as a Member of Council of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB). He has served on the Editorial Boards of three major international journals and has helped to convene numerous scientific and educational conferences and workshops.
Rob has had a long-term commitment to education, lecturing for several universities in Australia and the United States, speaking in numerous basic and continuing education courses and supervising Masters and PhD students.
DR SHAMUS SHEPHERD, MBBS, BSc(UNSW) FACEM
As Director of Emergency and Staff Specialist of Liverpool Hospital NSW, Shamus has a keen interest in Point of Care and procedural ultrasound, and is involved in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level of medical and nursing staff. Shamus is a member of both the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. ASMI is proud to welcome Shamus to the faculty as a representative of Dr Adrian Goudie from Ultrasound Village.
DR JOHN W. READ, MB, BS (UNSW 80), FRANZCR (86), DDU (86) - John W. Read completed his radiology training at Westmead Hospital, Sydney in 1985. He entered private practice in 1987 and rapidly acquired a special interest in high-resolution ultrasound. In 1993, he entered subspecialty imaging practice at the North Sydney Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre.
This practice has progressively expanded during the past 14 years to now encompass the full gamut of imaging modalities from plain x-ray to high-field MRI.
John helped coordinate the ultrasound component of imaging services provided within the polyclinic at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and is co-author of the Atlas of Imaging in Sports Medicine, an international textbook that has become a popular reference used in daily clinical practice by many radiologists, sports physicians and physiotherapists.
ROB McGREGOR, AMS, DMU, DMU (Vascular), - Rob McGregor has been involved in Diagnostic Imaging since 1981 and medical ultrasound since 1987. During this time, Rob has trained and worked in all aspects of sonography, including Echocardiography.
Rob obtained undergraduate qualifications in Diagnostic Radiography and subsequently obtained the Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (General) and the Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (Vascular). He has a long history of guiding and tutoring those preparing for examinations and the various graduate diplomas in medical ultrasound.
Rob is very proactive in advocating for the sonography profession, which includes roles as President of the Australian Sonographers Association and Chairperson of the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.
Rob has provided advice on issues relating to medical ultrasound for the Australian Government Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging. Rob has lectured and demonstrated ultrasound throughout Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand.
In 1999, Rob turned his focus to establishing and administering the Canberra School of Sonography and then, in 2005, the Australian School of Medical Imaging (ASMI). Rob combines this extensive involvement in ultrasound with a true passion for the education of those involved with medical ultrasound.
DR JASON PAIGE - Jason Paige’s career in vascular ultrasound spans 20 years and he is one of Australia’s most highly regarded vascular sonographers. As well as vast clinical experience, Jason has an active interest in research, studying the diagnosis of arterial and venous disease.
Jason initially obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1984 and then completed examinations in the Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (Vascular) in Australia and as a Registered Vascular Technologist in the United States. In 2004, Jason completed his PhD at RMIT University entitled The Aetiology of Varicose Veins, which identified a previously unreported pattern of varicose veins as well as establishing the prevalence of several less recognised causes of venous disease. Jason currently maintains research interests through Box Hill Hospital, the Alfred Hospital, RMIT and Monash universities.
Jason began his career in Vascular Ultrasound in 1985. From 1989 to1997, he was the Director of the Vascular Laboratory at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. In 1997, he founded Vascular Imaging Services, a private diagnostic ultrasound service, which operates at a number of sites throughout Melbourne. Jason is currently the Director of Vascular Imaging Services.
Jason presents regularly at national and international meetings and has published a number of papers. Since 1989, he has conducted numerous training courses in Vascular Ultrasound with attendees from Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Middle East.
Jason is actively involved in the education and accreditation of the ultrasound profession as a clinical tutor at RMIT University, an examiner for the Diploma of Medical Ultrasound and as the secretary for the Australian Vascular Ultrasound Accreditation Board.
Jason’s wealth of knowledge as well as his passion and enthusiasm for research and education are reflected in his highly regarded presentations. Since 2000, Jason has been a lecturer and tutor with the Canberra School of Sonography and the Australian School of Medical Imaging, providing comprehensive training in Vascular Ultrasound in a clinical environment.
DR SUE WESTERWAY - As a graduate of Nuclear Medicine and Agriculture, Sue began her ultrasound career at Sydney Hospital in 1975 on one of Australia’s first grey-scale ultrasound systems. Learning was of a pioneer fashion with no educational programs or textbooks available.
In 1981, Sue was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and then studied Echocardiography in the United States at the Mayo Clinic and then the National Heart Hospital in London. On returning to Australia, the next five years were spent as an ultrasound application specialist, before entering back into clinical work.
Sue became the first Master of Applied Science graduate from Sydney University. She then went on to complete a PhD in Fetal Medicine and wrote the fetal measurement charts, which were adopted in 2001 by ASUM, becoming the set Australian Standard.
Sue is the author of more than 20 published works and a regular presenter at national and international conferences. Sue continues to work closely with ASMI, given her strong interest in continuing sonography education.
DR ROD McGREGOR MHthSc Syd, DipHlthSc, CSturt Rodney McGregor has been involved in diagnostic imaging since 1982, firstly as a diagnostic radiographer and, since 1991, primarily as a sonographer.
He is an accredited medical sonographer with extensive experience in general, obstetric and gynaecological, musculoskeletal and vascular ultrasound. He has worked in metropolitan, regional and remote locations in both the public hospital system and private practice.
Rodney was awarded a Diploma of Health Science with distinction (Medical Imaging) in 1990 at Charles Sturt University and completed a Master of Health Science (Medical Sonography) through The University of Sydney in 2002. In early 2014, Rod was awarded the degree of Doctor of Health Services from the University of Sydney in recognition of his work on Sonographer practitioner roles in the Australian health care system.
SUE HEWLETT – Sue began her training as a radiotherapist at Sydney Hospital in 1970. In 1976, she left her work as a radiotherapist to assist in establishing the Hornsby Diagnostic Ultrasound Centre. It was here she worked on the first real-time ultrasound system that could detect fetal hearts at six weeks gestation.
From 1970–1980, Sue was a key figure associated with ultrasound training in Australia. Following these years, Sue worked briefly in Melbourne while her husband accepted a job transfer. She then returned to the San in 1982 to work on brand new ultrasound technology, where she remained until 1989 when her husband was transferred again, this time to Bali. Sue returned to the San in 1995 then moved to Northside Medical Imaging Lindfield in 2000.
Major highlights of Sue’s career have been as one of the first application specialists for Unirad and ADR, research with the CSIRO and Department of Agriculture, and as a key figure in the first sonographer’s group of the then ASUMB (Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology). She has also been integral in setting up the DMU and sitting on its examination board.
Sue has written for many leading ultrasound journals. She has also lectured on both domestic and international levels. Sue joined ASMI in September 2007 as a tutor sonographer and lecturer.
LISA HICKS, AMS DMU - Lisa Hicks has been involved in Diagnostic Imaging for more than 20 years. Graduating from Charles Sturt University in Medical Imaging, Lisa later obtained the Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (DMU) in 1995. Moving to Canberra in 1997, Lisa joined the Nuclearsound practice in Deakin, where she consolidated her musculoskeletal, vascular and high risk obstetric skills. She has since held Senior Sonographer and Sonographer Coordinator positions and her interest in education and clinical standards has seen her work as a Clinical Assessor for tertiary institutions.
A strong sonographer advocate, Lisa has sat on numerous committees and working groups and she is a regular contributor to professional publications.
The opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading medical specialists and sonographers led Lisa to join the Australian School of Medical Imaging in early 2010, where she works as a Senior Clinical Tutor within the ACT. Lisa has also been involved with Canberra Specialist Ultrasound since it began in late 2010, where she works as a Senior Sonographer.
Lisa has a keen interest in vascular and musculoskeletal ultrasound and all aspects of women’s imaging.
SYLVIA VAN DYK – Sylvia van Dyk is a radiation therapist who has worked across the clinical spectrum in external beam radiotherapy. Sylvia now works exclusively in brachytherapy. Sylvia has a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Medical Ultrasound. Sylvia has a particular interest in using ultrasound for image guidance and planning in brachytherapy, and has published in both national and international journals in this area. She has also presented at both national and international conferences and conducted workshops demonstrating ultrasound use in brachytherapy for cervix cancer on behalf of the UICC. Sylvia recognised the need for ultrasound training in radiotherapy and helped devise the workshops specifically aimed at radiation therapists working in brachytherapy.
MARGIE LAWTON – Margie Lawton has more than 27 years’ clinical and research experience in vascular technology at leading Australian hospitals. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and was one of the earliest users of Doppler applications for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) detection in Australia, starting in 1971.
Following more than a decade establishing specialist research laboratories in haematology and renal disease, both involving coagulation, platelet function and drug efficacy to reduce blood clotting, she joined the Royal North Shore Hospital Vascular lab in early 1983.
For the past 27 years, Margie has been working in clinical practice and training sonographers and doctors in all aspects of vascular technology in dedicated vascular labs and general radiology practices. Over this time, she was awarded the Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (Vascular). She has also been responsible for complete accreditation of and protocol development for multiple ultrasound clinics.
During her career, Margie has been involved in numerous ground-breaking research projects at Royal North Shore, St Vincent’s and St George Hospitals’ Vascular Laboratories. Highlights of her research include the pioneering work on direct plaque morphology correlation with B Mode finding and development of Internal Carotid artery criteria for 70−79 per cent stenosis.
Margie has an impressive record in vascular sonography education supervising vascular ultrasound training of general sonographers, tutoring trainee sonographers, examining for Monash University clinical exams and coordinating DMU examination.
She has been an ASMI tutor in vascular sonography and a lecturer in the GPMU and intensive short courses since 2007.
LIZ COLLINS - Liz Collins started learning ultrasound at St George Hospital not long after she graduated as a radiographer. She then went to a private practice in Chatswood, Sydney, where she worked for many years as a sonographer. This practice had a very varied workload but specialised in MSK ultrasounds due to a lot of prominent shoulder surgeons being situated in the same building.
During this time, she completed her ultrasound studies while being mother to two small children. At this practice, Liz discovered her love of teaching and helped a few students become capable sonographers
She spent some time as a locum sonographer overseas in London and has since worked in a variety of settings but still has a love of MSK ultrasounds.
BERNIE MASON – Bernadette Mason has many years’ experience in ultrasound, with a particular interest in education, and is an active member of the Australian Sonographers Association, and is on the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, for the prevention of injury and education of safe scanning techniques. Bernadette has published a number of articles on this subject in the ASA Publication, Sound Effects.
Bernadette has been a general sonographer for many years, and has helped to set up many ultrasound practices throughout Sydney and the Central Coast. After obtaining a Certificate in Nuclear Medicine, Bernadette went on to obtain her Ultrasound Certificate at Sydney Department for Technical and Further Education, and then on to obtain the Diploma of Applied Science at Sydney University. Bernie has since now graduated from her Masters in Adult Education and Global Change through Monash University and affiliated international universities in 2012.
Bernadette has been a clinical Tutor with ASMI for many years, and has been involved in Clinical Placements Supervision for students, while also lecturing/tutoring at the School.
GEORDANNA MORRIS - BA, BSc, MSc, Grad Dip Med Son. - After living in Sydney for a number of years, Geordanna returned to Canberra to gain experience in all aspects of general sonography. She has a keen interest in obstetrics and women’s imaging including Nuchal Translucency screening.obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University in 2004. This was followed by a Master of Science in Genetic Counselling from Griffith University in 2006, for which she received an award for academic excellence. After working as a prenatal genetic counsellor at Sydney Ultrasound for Women, Geordanna embarked on ultrasound training and more recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography from the University of South Australia.
KATE IBBOTSON - Kate Ibbotson started her imaging career with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiation Technology at Sydney University, working in Sydney and London as a radiographer.
She specialised in mammography, which included working at the mammography training site for the United Kingdom at Kings College Hospital. Kate’s ultrasound career began in Sydney where she completed a Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound at Monash University. She worked at a busy private practice that had an emphasis on MSK and Obstetric examinations, and attended Obstetric meetings presented by the consultant Obstetrician at the public hospital.
Kate was involved with training at the practice until she started with ASMI, where she focuses on student training at the campus and is dedicated to helping them develop safe scanning practices to use throughout their career.
PETER PRESTON - BAppSc(MRS)NucMed, GradDipMedSon – Peter Preston studied Nuclear Medicine at the University of Sydney before working in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, PET, and Ultrasound at Westmead Public Hospital. While working in Nuclear Medicine he was involved in several research projects and presented at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine annual conference in Auckland.
While working at Westmead Peter undertook training as a Sonographer and studied through the University of South Australia. He worked in both public and private practices, and spent 2012/13 working as a Sonographer in the UK at St Georges Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in London. Peter is currently working towards a Masters in Medical Sonography.
One of Peter’s main interests in life is Orienteering and Adventure racing. The sport involves competitors navigating their way between control points marked on a map, combining both physical and mental strengths. He has represented Australia at junior and senior levels both nationally and internationally.
STEPHEN PAGE – Dip Ap Science, DMU, FIR, Dip Ed -As a Graduate of Radiography in Melbourne, Stephen started his career in Ultrasound in 1983 at PANCH in Melbourne and gained his DMU in 1989.
Stephen was a dedicated teacher and formalized a teaching Qualification with a Diploma of Education in 1985 and a Fellowship in Radiography in 1991.
He was the Chief Sonographer at the SAN for 5 years and now works in private practices with HIS and Vision X-Ray with a special interest in MSK.
Stephen has lectured extensively in Asia in Ultrasound and has presented at conferences in India, Myanmar, Korea and Hong Kong and in fact lived in Hong Kong for 7 years.