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Letter to Members - July 2021

To all members,

It has been quite some time since myself and the executive council have communicated with our members, and for that we apologise. Rest assured, we are committed to developing our society to best represent the interests of our profession, however as we are all volunteering in our positions at times it becomes logistically troublesome to coordinate regular activities.

Since our last correspondence, we continue to develop content for our DISCOVERY portal, however, timelines for lecture submission and interviews for profiles have been delayed due to the ever-evolving coronavirus situation and various personal circumstances. Nonetheless we remain dedicated to finalising content from domestic and international contributors, and we would also like to extend the invitation to our constituents. For those interested in discussing their experience in intraoperative neurophysiology, or a particular case study they feel others may benefit from, please feel free to email me and we can arrange a delivery pathway.

Recently, ASNM past-President Dr Rich Vogel mentioned INSA as the Asia-Pacific representative of IONM professionals during part of the North American Spine Society conference. As a small but growing society, we are immensely thankful to Dr Vogel for the recognition, and share his sentiment that there should be inter-societal collaboration. In other representative news, Education and Accreditation Officer Dr Adam Hastings, also recently represented INSA as part of the Asian Oceanian Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology (AOSIN) annual conference, discussing anaesthesia and IONM. The society was also mentioned by several speakers discussing the status of clinical practice in APAC, and we hope to engage with AOSIN and other societies for continued education in this region.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the continued unpredictability regarding the global pandemic renders discussion of a domestic in-person conference challenging. We are continuing discussions to host an online conference as a substitute, hopefully in partnership with our international counterpart societies. We are open to suggestions regarding content prior to its curation, hopefully with finalisation of our proposed ‘controversies‘ session.

We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to providing members with substantive educational content for the remaining half of this year. We will also be accepting nominations for executive council positions later this year; please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss your interest in contributing to the continued development of our profession in Australasia.

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