Benefits of Membership

SIRT Membership Benefits


IF there are no SIRT Members, there is no SIRT!
More SIRT Members means more SIRT activity.

All SIRT Members benefit from the following SIRT activities, listed under the Four Pillars of SIRT:


1. Two heavily subsidised Scientific Meetings: 1-day End-of-Year Meeting and 2-day Mid-Year Meeting. (Generally SIRT Members pay ~45% of actual cost, SIRT Sponsorship pays the other ~55%)

2. Financial support (Travel Stipend) for a selection of Early Career Scientists to attend the 2 Day SIRT Meeting to present their research in a designated session. Winner’s Prize = Travel stipend to attend a Scientific Conference.
3. SIRT Textbook (2nd Edition planned for 2016)
4. Journal-based Learning (In SIRT Newsletter)

5. CPD Scheme (managed through the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS))
6. SIRT Competency & Training Manual (including the SIRT Logbook to record training)

In development:
7. Accreditation

8. Regional SIRT Meetings: to foster regional networking and liaisons and offer learning opportunities to more SIRT Members

Information & Communication

9. 4 x Editions of SIRT Newsletter, SIRT Quarterly
10. SIRTMail for regular and ad hoc information, communication and networking opportunities. Any SIRT member can contact the SIRT Membership - post information, ask for advice or help.
11. A new independent website

12. Social Media Profiles

In development:

13. News feed of regular information on the SIRT Website


SIRT Members are formally represented by elected and nominated SIRT Members on:
14. The FSA Board
15. RTAC:
FSA’s Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee
16. NATA-MTAAC: NATA’s Medical Testing Accreditation Advisory Committee
17. Pathology-NPAAC-QUPP: government bodies that regulate Pathology
All these bodies decide the legislation, regulations, guidelines and Codes of Practice under which our profession (ART Scientists: Embryologists, Andrologists, Geneticists, Biochemists) will function. Formal SIRT representation is critical for us to direct, promote and enhance our profession.
In development:

18. Regional representation (NZ, Tas, Vic, ACT, NSW, Qld, NT, SA, WA) so that the specific needs of each region are appreciated and addressed

19. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that will develop guidelines & activities in specific areas


20. Attract funds from Sponsors to support SIRT activities
21. Manage SIRT's funds
22. Formally record all SIRT policies, protocols and procedures in the SIRT Manual
23. Promote and enhance the standing of SIRT as a Professional Body
24. Oversee all the above activities

Any SIRT Member can volunteer their time, skills, expertise, experience and enthusiasm and nominate for a position on the SIRT Committee, one of the SIRT SubCommittees (e.g. Education SubCommittee, Representation SubCommittee), a SIRT Representative or be a member of the Local Organising Committee when a SIRT Meeting is hosted in your city.


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