The ISMRT ANZ Chapter has now formally split into two new chapters, The Australian National Chapter (ISMRT ANC) and the New Zealand National Chapter (ISMRT NZNC). These new separate Australian and New Zealand Chapters will replace the current ANZ Chapter.
The ISMRT ANZ Chapter Board believes that differences in professional accreditation, registration and insurance requirements between the two countries mean that both countries would benefit from autonomous National Chapters working with the support of an international society.
The relationship between the Australian and New Zealand Chapters has been and still is very strong. Both countries support each other to provide high quality education to their MRI Technologists and will continue to do so. The joint ANZ meeting usually held in November will continue to be a joint venture between the Australia and New Zealand Chapters. Both parties feel that the establishment of the separate Australian and New Zealand National Chapters demonstrates the strength of the ISMRT community in ANZ. To continue this support, the NZ National Chapter President will serve on the Australian National Chapter Board and the Australian National Chapter President will serve on the NZ National Chapter Board.
In addition to the yearly joint ANZ meeting, each chapter holds their own meetings. In 2021, the New Zealand Chapter held its first annual meeting on 20 March in Queenstown and the Australian Chapter held an online “Magnetic Moment Meeting” on 20 November.