Presidents Message September 2009
This has indeed been a busy and challenging year for many. It is good to see some upturn in the world economy which has also seen the reserves of ISRRT improve as well.
You will see from the Reports from the Board members that they have been working hard in their various portfolios on your behalf – it is worth remembering that they are also working daily in full time employment so spend much of their spare time on ISRRT activities.
You will also sadly read an Obituary for Peter Lloyd, the late husband of our Director of Education. Peter died in September this year, and we send our sincere condolences to Cynthia. Many of you will have met and even worked with Peter on ISRRT projects. His good natured enthusiasm made him great fun to be with and he will be sadly missed by us all.
Sandy Yule our CEO will mention in his Report, the ISRRT Board Meeting which was held in
I was invited to represent the ISRRT at the Annual National Meeting of the Canadian Society in June and present the Address at the Opening Session. It was a good opportunity to join with the Canadian Council Member Rita Eyer to promote the international education work of ISRRT and to also thank the Canadian Society for their continuing strong support of ISRRT. They were very generous and warm hosts during my visit.
I was also able to meet with the representatives of the Society of Radiographers at the
Of more practical benefit however is the work being done on the educational front in many locations from
You will also have been advised of the recent recognition of the role of ISRRT by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). We are seen as the focus for Technologists internationally and this is an excellent fit with the plan to increase activities for Technologists at the RSNA Meeting. Our American Society colleagues are also increasing their exposure at the RSNA Meeting so it now becomes a very worthwhile event on the Technologists calendar. Cynthia Cowling and I will be presenting material with an International focus at the Associated Sciences Forum and giving those attending increased access to ISRRT. We also offer any Society Representatives attending the RSNA Congress the opportunity to join us for an informal Meeting of interested Societies – a forum to exchange current issues affecting technologist Societies internationally. The date, time and location are available from the CEO.
We have also strengthened our relationship with both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). We have invited Dr Madan Rehani, an expert on Radiation Protection from IAEA to attend our World Congress in 2010 and to be part of a focus of this important issue. I commend you to read the regular updates from the IAEA on radiation protection topics which are very relevant to us all.
The planning for the ISRRT World Congress in September 2010 is well in hand and promises a stimulating educational program as well as enjoyable social activities. Abstract applications are now being received via the ISRRT website – www.isrrt.org
It has also been my pleasure recently to attend as a guest, the Annual National Meeting of the Chinese Society of Imaging Technologists (CSIT), held in the city of
Research will also be highlighted by ISRRT at the 2010 World Congress, and the Board will be advising the commencement of a formal research award - full details will be widely circulated to all Member Societies by the CEO. Thanks must go to the VP for Asia/Australasia. Maria Law, for producing the guidelines and criteria.
As you receive this Newsletter we will be approaching another anniversary of the discovery of X-rays in November 1895. ISRRT, through our Director of Public Relations Fozy Peer, has suggested a theme based on “Caring for your protection” which is in line with our increasing focus on Radiation Protection. This information including appropriate artwork is also available from our website for your use.
The last edition of our Newsletter was also available in Spanish and French to give access far more widely in keeping with our aim to make ISRRT even better known and accessible and it is hoped that we will be able to produce further copies in the future. We will need to decide whether or not electronic distribution of the ISRRT Newsletter as a PDF file via our Member Societies and our website will be a far more effective and economical means of distributing information and news. It is certainly a better way to save our financial resources for additional educational purposes rather than spending them on very expensive, inefficient and environmentally wasteful hard copy postage. It also fits very well with the theme of the 2010 World Congress “ Tomorrow and Beyond- Connecting and Communicating”.
Rob George President, ISRRT