An Asian radiation protection and safety initiative was first proposed by Prof Dr Kwan-Hoong Ng in a meeting with the AOSR during the ASEAN Association of Radiology conference in September 2017. It has taken hard work, sheer persistence and patience for Asiasafe to come to fruition.
On behalf of the AOSR, we are delighted to be part of this initiative. Worldwide, there are action groups to improve radiation safety in medicine such as EuroSafe Imaging, LatinSafe, Arabsafe and Afrosafe. Asiasafe will now be part of the global initiative to ensure our patients are protected even whilst undergoing imaging investigations or therapy involving ionising radiation.
Prof Dr Ng received the prestigious Marie Sklodowska- Curie Award in 2018. In 2013, during the 50th Anniversary of the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), he was listed amongst the 50 Outstanding Medical Physicists during the period 1963-2013. AOSR is proud to have Prof Dr Ng spearheading and mentoring the AOSR on this project.
The AOSR hopes Asiasafe will be the start of development in the areas of Quality, Safety and Standards in Radiology and it’s allied disciplines in our region. Asia Oceania is made up of diverse cultures and socioeconomies. We can do more to help each other ensure patients get necessary, appropriate, optimised investigations, interventions and therapies.
It might have been a slow start but a start nonetheless. With central depository of references, let us continue to build upon this effort and reach out to all our countries in the region by modifying the established international standards to local needs in each country.
Put Patients First, be (Asia)safe!
Evelyn LM Ho, 25 April 2021
Reaching out, Growing Asia Oceania