The AANMS (Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists ) is the peak body representing nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in Australia and New Zealand. The Association was formerly known as the Australian and New Zealand Association of Physicians in Nuclear Medicine (ANZAPNM).

Ordinary Members of the AANMS must be actively practising nuclear medicine, and must be Fellows of either the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).

The AANMS has a range of objectives that include: promotion and advancement of the practice of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, the development and delivery of practice and training site accreditation programs, research coordination, training and CPD program development, trainee support, referrer education, representation of the specialty at Commonwealth and State levels and close involvement in all matters concerning the sustainability of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, including liaison with a range of organisations such as ANSTO and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM).

In supporting quality nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, the AANMS's Members and Fellows follow a Code of Conduct.

The AANMS is a not-for-profit organisation and is governed by a Board that is elected biannually by the membership. A copy of the Association's Constitution can be viewed here

UPDATE:  Technetium-99m shortage - Radiopharmaceuticals Substitution Available From Tuesday, 17 September 2019

On Saturday 14 September, six temporary items were added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to allow patients to have continued access to common nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging services during the shortage in supply of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m).

Expanding access to these additional services will assist in making more technetium-99 available to those facilities without PET cameras, which will be especially helpful to the smaller practices and those in rural and regional areas.

The items will be eligible for patient rebates from Tuesday 17 September 2019 and will be available for an initial period of three months.

These parallel items use PET and/or alternative radiopharmaceuticals to provide equivalent diagnostic imaging services.  The items have the same request arrangements (i.e. can be requested by any medical practitioner, including GPs) and schedule fee as the items on which they were modelled.

The Department has prioritised in this substitution plan the most common nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging services affected by the shortage.  The AANMS will continue its discussions with the Department in relation to substitution for other nuclear medicine services, notably for infection and renal imaging, and it is hoped they will also be added to the substitution arrangements in the near future.

You can find details of the arrangements, including the substitution item descriptors, in the AANMS's update to members sent on 16 September 2019.

You can also download a copy of the Legislative Instrument detailing the substitutions, and the accompanying Explanatory Statement.



Nuclear Medicine Specialist Positions Available:


Hunter New England Imaging, Newcastle, NSW, has full-time and part-time positions available for experienced nuclear medicine physicians (FRACP) or dual-trained nuclear medicine specialists (FRANZCR).  Information about the positions can be found at:


The closing date is 22 September 2019.  Enquiries can be directed to Sally Jordan at Sally.Jordan[at]health.nsw.gov.au


Garran Medical Imaging has a full-time, part-time or locum dual-trained nuclear medicine and radiology position available.  Garrran Medical Imaging is a standalone private practice in Canberra which provides comprehensive imaging services (musculoskeletal bias) provided by both a nuclear medicine physician/sonologist (Iain Duncan) and radiologist (Kevin Osborn).  We are looking to share a busy workload with a third consultant with the right enthusiasm and skill set.  We can help build a practice around the right person.  Equity available to the right person.

Great city, great workplace and amazing nuclear medicine with xSPECT bone and direct quantitative technology, 3T MRI and Samsung ultrasound.  You will be surrounded by supportive and highly experienced staff.

Website:  gmi.clinic

Email:  iain[at]gmi.clinic

Mobile:  0408 865 966

Infective Endocarditis Symposium, 26 October 2019, Brisbane

The inaugural Infective Endocarditis Symposium will be held on Saturday, 26 October at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane.  Speakers will include national and international experts in cardiology, medical imaging, cardiac surgery, infectious diseases and pharmacology.  Early bird registration closes on 20 September 2019; standard registration closes on 25 October 2019.  For more information, visit the Symposium website at:  https://metronorth.health.qld.gov.au/tpch/events-meded/infective-endocarditis-symposium.  A flyer, program and registration form for the Symposium can also be downloaded from the links below:

IE Symposium Flyer

IE Symposium Program

IE Symposium Registration Form


ANZBMS Clinical Densitometry Course:  19 and 20 October 2019, Brisbane

The next ANZBMS Clinical Densitometry Course will be held in Brisbane over 19 and 20 October 2019 at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove.  Registration is open until 20 September 2019 unless all places are filled prior to this date; late registration may be open from 21 September to 4 October (final deadline).  A brochure with information about the Course and registration details can be downloaded from this link.  Please see the ANZBMS website for full information.


Nuclear Medicine Training Sites for 2019 and 2020

The list of accredited training sites for 2019 can be found here.  The list of accredited training sites for 2020 can be found here.

Prospective trainees should check with the training committee, the Committee for Joint College Training in Nuclear Medicine (formerly known as the Joint Specialist Advisory Committee [JSAC]) in Nuclear Medicine of the RACP and the RANZCR to ensure that their proposed training site will meet their training requirements. The JCTC can be contacted via the RACP at nuclearmedicine[at]racp.edu.a


The ANZSNM's Requirements for PET Accreditation (Instrumentation & Radiation Safety) 2012, 2nd Edition, are available here.


Nuclear medicine specialists who intend to do training in positron emission tomography (PET) must ensure that they submit an application for prospective approval of their PET training to the Committee for Joint College Training (JCTC) in Nuclear Medicine of the RACP and the RANZCR.

All PET training must be prospectively approved by the JCTC in order for this training to be accredited. Following completion of accredited PET training, the nuclear medicine specialist must then apply for credentialling for PET in order that Medicare payments can be made to patients for PET services.

To enquire about prospective approval of PET training and obtain the relevant forms, please contact the RACP at NuclearMedicine[at]racp.edu.au or phone 02 8247 6279.

Following completion of PET training, specialists must also ensure they obtain credentialling for PET in order that Medicare payments can be made for their PET services. For PET credentialling queries, please see the following:

Information for PET credentialling

Application form for PET credentialling


Information prepared by the AANMS for doctors requesting nuclear medicine procedures and for patients referred for either a nuclear medicine procedure or for nuclear medicine therapy can be found at the following links; each leaflet can be downloaded in a version for mobile devices and a version for printing/desktop.

Referrer Information


Referrer's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - version for mobile devices

Referrer's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - printable/desktop version

Patient Information

ptinfo_new_print_iconsmall Patient's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - version for mobile devices

Patient's Guide to Nuclear Medicine - printable/desktop version


therapy_new_print_iconsmall Nuclear Medicine Therapy Guide - version for mobile devices

Nuclear Medicine Therapy Guide - printable/desktop version.

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