Presidents Message for 2010
I wish you all Greetings from the Board of Management of ISRRT at this Festive time.
In my message last year I remarked on the severe impact on many countries of the Global Financial crisis which we all hope is now beginning to abate although there have been many serious ramifications of that time which we will feel into the future, including the impact on healthcare funding.
Presently many World Leaders are meeting and discussing other very serious issues which will impact on the long term future of the World. Indeed many Countries within ISRRT have been, and will continue to be severely impacted by the changes we have seen in our world climate.
There has been a focus on the possible flooding of many low lying countries in the Pacific in particular but there are ramifications from increased temperatures and lack of rain which may well affect the health of millions in many countries. The World Health Organisation is very concerned with these issues and has made them known to the leaders considering this important topic. We hope they make sound decisions for our future and that of our Children and their children.
ISRRT has been working closely with WHO over the past year in Africa, Central America and the
We will be meeting in the new year with WHO and also the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to build on our relationships and make a significant contribution to International Healthcare.
The big message from IAEA in 2009 was a focus on radiation exposure and this focus will be increased in 2010 including at our World Congress in
ISRRT cannot fulfill its role as the International spokesperson for radiographers and Technologists without the financial support of our Member Societies and the physical support of the many technologists who contribute to our work. These include not only the elected representatives from the Regions but also those who freely offer their services to aid our projects with no expectation of financial reward. To all of you I express the gratitude of the Board and the many unknown patients you have aided by your generosity.
It would be remiss of me not to also thank Sandy Yule for his untiring efforts on your behalf – his contribution to ISRRT goes far beyond those reasonably expected of a CEO. Of course he could not do this without the support of his wife Alison who is so often seen as the other public ever smiling face of ISRRT.
Best wishes to you all in the cold and snow or sun and heat as we approach the Festive and holiday season, a time for families, reflection on the past year and plans for the new year ahead.
President , ISRRT