ANZSNM has been the foundation of Nuclear Medicine since the inception of the profession.
Founded in 1969, the ANZSNM is the major professional society for those practising Nuclear Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. The Society includes Chemists, Nurses, Physicians, Physicists, Radiopharmacists, Technologists and others interested in the practice of Nuclear Medicine. It has close ties with other professional groups in Nuclear Medicine, most particularly, the Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists (AANMS) which represents all practising medical doctors. Radiologists, Cardiologists and Oncologists may also participate and be involved in this area of healthcare.
Values & Objectives
- To promote appropriate educational and professional standards for practicing nuclear medicine physicists.
- To provide opportunities for the continuing education of practicing nuclear medicine physicists.
- To promote communication between physicists and other professional groups within the Society and sector.
- To promote the advancement of scientific and clinical practice of Nuclear Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
- To promote research in Nuclear Medicine.
- To promote public education regarding the principles and applications of Nuclear Medicine techniques in medicine and biology at national and regional levels.
- To promote co-operation between organisations and individuals interested in Nuclear Medicine.
- To promote the training of persons in all fields of Nuclear Medicine.
- To provide opportunities for collective discussion on all aspects of Nuclear Medicine.
- To foster the growth and development of knowledge, understanding and exchange of information about Nuclear Medicine.
- To encourage and assist research by persons into medical, biological, scientific or other subjects relating to or impacting upon Nuclear Medicine and the publication of books, monographs, articles and other writings by such persons upon such subjects.
- To encourage and provide for instruction by members of the Society or other persons of undergraduate or postgraduate students in medicine, science, allied or associated subjects at or in any university, medical school, hospital, laboratory or other training school or teaching institution.
- To provide, endow or support scholarships, lectureships, readerships, professorships in subjects appertaining to or associated with the science or practice of Nuclear Medicine.
- To support professional, scientific and technical development of all persons engaged in the practice of Nuclear Medicine.
- To promote and assist in the achievement of high standards of scientific and technical practice by the development and promulgation of guidelines, position statements, policies and accreditation.
- To give, grant, issue or bestow certificates, accreditations and distinctions in recognition of proficiency or attainment in the science and practice of Nuclear Medicine.
- To advise government and statutory authorities on any aspect of the practice and profession of Nuclear Medicine.
- To subscribe to, become a member of and co-operate with any other association or organisation, whether incorporated or not, whose objects are altogether or in part similar to those of the Society provided that the Society will not subscribe to or support with its funds any association or organisation which does not prohibit the distribution of its income and property among its members to an extent at least as great as that imposed on the Society under or by virtue of Clause 94 of our Constitution. Our Constitution defines the rules of how we operate.
How We Operate
Members of the ANZSNM are organised into State or Territory Branches each of which is represented on the Federal Council. The major office bearers of the Council are the President, Past-President, Vice-President and Treasurer. In addition, Council includes the Chairs of the various special interest groups. All Council Members are Directors of the Society and therefore have to act within the regulations of a Corporate entity.
The Council determines policy in accordance with the Society’s Constitution and its actions are reported to the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
Society activities are organised at a Branch level by a Branch Committee through the running of regular meetings and educational activities. These include local members or invited outside speakers presenting original scientific work, clinical case reports or other educational topics. Most meetings take place on weekday evenings but Branches also organise one-day seminars often at the weekend. Other important meetings are those organised by the various Special Interest Groups such as the Technologist Special Interest Group.
The Annual Scientific Meeting is the highlight of the ANZSNM meetings calendar and this rotates through the various capital cities of Australia and New Zealand and takes place in April. As well as concurrent scientific sessions, the meeting includes an extensive industry display and the Annual General Meeting of the Society is part of the meeting programme.