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Faculty of Clinical Radiology

The Faculty of Clinical Radiology, RANZCR, is the peak bi-national body for setting, promoting and continuously improving the standards of training and practice in diagnostic and interventional radiology for the betterment of the people of Australia and New Zealand.

Objectives

The By-laws state that the Faculty of Clinical Radiology has been established to:

  • Promote the study and advancement of knowledge in the field of radiology
  • Promote and encourage high levels of skill and expertise and high ethical standards in the practice of radiology through a continuing professional development program and by other means
  • Assure the quality and rigour of training and assessment of trainees in radiology
  • Promote patient-orientation in radiology by focusing on and advocating for the needs of consumers and the community
  • Act as an authoritative body in matters of public interest in connection with the field of radiology
  • Foster collaboration with clinicians and other health practitioners and other persons and organisations to further or advance knowledge in the field of radiology
  • Encourage research in matters connected with the field of radiology.

 

Context

The Faculty recognises that:

  • Major changes within the health systems in Australia and New Zealand are occurring
  • Technological innovations are contributing to the rapid development of diagnostic and interventional radiology
  • Postgraduate medical education is constantly under review and new models of training are being promoted
  • The economic environment in which radiology is practised continues to change as a result of technological advances, market forces, evolving practice ownership models and government intervention.

 
In the delivery of its mission, the Faculty will continue to:

  • Reinforce the clinical role of radiologists as central and indispensable diagnostic consultants with direct involvement in patient care and clinical problem solving
  • Actively influence government, industry, consumers and other stakeholders regarding developments in diagnostic and interventional radiology
  • Encourage continuous information exchange within and outside the College primarily through the Faculty Council and its committees.

 

Faculty of Clinical Radiology Council 2017

Following the recent elections to the Faculty of Clinical Radiology Council, the membership of the Faculty Council from 1 January 2017 is:

President

Dr Greg Slater

QLD

Dean, Faculty of Clinical Radiology

Prof John Slavotinek

SA

Chief Censor, Clinical Radiology

Clin A/Prof Dinesh Varma

VIC

Elected Fellows

Prof Alan Coulthard

QLD

 

Prof Jens Froelich

TAS

 

Dr Gerard Goh

VIC

 

 Dr Yvonne Ho

VIC

 

Clin A/Prof Sanjay Jeganathan

WA

 

A/Prof Ross O'Neil

ACT

 

Dr Katherine O'Connor NZ

 

Dr Rajiv Rattan NSW

 

Dr Meredith Thomas SA

Trainee Member

Dr Cara Odenthal QLD

Consumer Representative

Ms Jacqui Gibson VIC

 

To contact Faculty Council please email fcr@ranzcr.edu.au

Radiology At A Glance - Australia

Radiology At A Glance 2016 is a flyer that highlights key facts relating to Diagnostic Imaging (DI) in Australia. It provides readers with information on the size of DI relative to other MBS funded services, as well as how DI assists in the diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of patients with a wide range of illnesses and other useful facts, such as practice and workforce data. A New Zealand equivalent will be developed in due course.

You can download the Radiology At A Glance 2016 flyer here: 2016 RANZCR Radiology At A Glance

Clinical Radiology has a series of committees, working groups and panels which develop policy and support decision making across the Faculty. A diagram of the committees is here Current FCR Committee Structure

For further information on committees please click here

Choosing Wisely

The Faculty of Clinical Radiology is proud to be a founding partner of Choosing Wisely Australia.

Choosing Wisely commenced as an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation and has recently been adopted by Australia following the success in a range of countries.  The goal of Choosing Wisely Australia is to start conversations between consumers and clinicians about unnecessary, tests, treatments and procedures, enhancing the quality of care and where appropriate, reducing unnecessary care.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists has been committed to reducing inappropriate imaging and ensuring all imaging is appropriate and clinically accountable.  RANZCR has identified a list of six imaging procedures that that clinicians and consumers should question:

  • Recommendation 1 - Don’t request imaging for acute ankle trauma unless indicated by the Ottawa Ankle Rules (localised bone tenderness or inability to weight-bear as defined in the Rules).
  • Recommendation 2 - Don’t request duplex compression ultrasound for suspected lower limb deep venous thrombosis in ambulatory outpatients unless the Wells score (deep venous thrombosis risk assessment score) is greater than 2, OR if less than 2, D dimer assay is positive.
  • Recommendation 3 - Don’t request any diagnostic testing for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) unless indicated by Wells Score (or Charlotte Rule) followed by PE Rule-out Criteria (in patients not pregnant).  Low risk patients in whom diagnostic testing is indicated should have PE excluded by a negative D-dimer, not imaging.
  • Recommendation 4 - Don’t perform imaging for patients with non-specific acute low back pain and no indicators of a serious cause for low back pain.
  • Recommendation 5 - Don’t request imaging of the cervical spine in trauma patients, unless indicated by a validated clinical decision rule.
  • Recommendation 6 - Don’t request computed tomography (CT) head scans in patients with a head injury, unless indicated by a validated clinical decision rule.

You can download our full recommendations list here. Choosing Wisely Recommendations

Further information and educational resources to assist clinicians when considering these recommendations are available here.
Please  click here to read more.  If you have any questions, please contact fcr@ranzcr.edu.au

Horizon Scanning

On 30 October 2014, the Faculty of Clinical Radiology hosted a Diagnostic Imaging Horizon Scanning Forum. Representatives from fellow medical colleges, industry stakeholders, medical professions and key members of the College participated in presentations and discussions on interventions and procedures that were put forward by the College membership. Guest speakers included Mr Alastair Wilson, Director or the Medical Specialist Services Branch in the Medical Benefits Division at the Department of Health and Dr Eugene Salole, Health Technology Assessment expert. The nine applications that were discussed at the Forum were ranked in order of priority with the intentions of proceeding with the top five applications. A list of the top five applications will be available in due course.

If you have any questions, please contact fcr@ranzcr.edu.au

Faculty Publications

The Faculty's commitment to quality, continuous improvement and best practice is reflected in the Faculty activities.  The Faculty is progressively developing a number of key position papers with a view to setting, promoting and continuously improving the standards of training and practice in Clinical Radiology.

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Board Task Force on Radiology Guidelines

In 2013 the Board established an independent and high level Task Force to provide strategic advice to the RANZCR Board of Directors in developing a College position on imaging guidelines and decision support tools

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