SMBE Christmas Party

Join us to celebrate the festive season and another successful year over a delicious 3 course meal with a glass of your favourite tipple.
Tuesday 17th December 2013
6.00pm start
, but you can arrive earlier for great drink specials
All welcome
Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 681 Sydney Road, Brunswick
$40 for a delicious 3 course meal
RSVP: Please RSVP to  smbevic.info@gmail.com by Friday 6th December 2013

There will also be live musical entertainment from the all-star SMBE band!
Please see the  SMBE Christmas Party flyer for full details including whats on offer and bring your friends/colleagues for what will be a relaxed and fun night!

Biomedical College Victoria


Tuesday 26 November 2013

The Annual EA BCV Student Presentations, are not to be missed. This regular event highlights presentations from our future Biomedical Engineers. Come and support the student
endeavours. A most stimulating evening is assured.


Student presentations will commence promptly at 16:00, and, when completed, we will adjourn to a local Hostelry for Dinner.
Students must be studying any Biomedical degree excluding PhD students. The judges take into account the years of study. Talk 10 -15 minutes, questions 5 minutes.

Date: Tuesday 26 November 2013.
Venue: Engineering House, 21 Bedford St North Melbourne.
Venue Access from 15:00 hrs
Presentations: Commence promptly at 16:00 hrs,
Dinner Venue: The Castle Hotel www.thecastlehotel.com.au
Judges : TBA
Costs: Nil. But do join us for dinner afterwards with an a la carte menu.
Prizes: Best Presentation Award, Presentation Certificates and presenter’s meals sponsored by Engineers Australia, Biomedical College Victoria.leon-alexander

Further Details: Contact:
Andrew Smale, a.smale@alfred.org.au, 9076 5114
Leon Alexander, jlbandb@tpg.com.au, mob 0425 737 977
Biomedical College Victoria

SMBE Vic Annual General Meeting
The SMBE Vic Annual General Meeting is an open invitation to all members. New members are invited to get involved with current members in electing a new committee for 2014.

When: Tuesday 19 November 2013
Who: All are welcome
Time:  5:30 for 6:00pm onwards
Venue: Engineering House, 21 Bedford St. North Melbourne, 3051

Agenda for SMBE Vic 2013 AGM
1. Opening
2. Apologies
3. President’s report
4. Treasurer’s report
5. Meeting program for 2014
6. Election of 2014 committee
7. Next meeting
8. Other business

Positions for nomination are as followed: (Officebearers for 2013 here)
Nomination Form for Download here

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Medical Graduate
  • Non-Medical Hospital Staff
  • Educational Establishment
  • Commercial Establishment
  • Scientific Establishment
  • Student Member
  • General Committee (multiple)If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact smbevic.info@gmail.com

Registration and Training for Biomedical Engineers
and Associates in the UK – A Review

mike green TMR imageMr Mike Green
Director The Medical Room

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

6:00 PM (Refreshments available from 5:30 PM)
Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne
All welcome

In  2004  the  Health  Professions  Council  recommended  the  compulsory  registration  of Biomedical Engineering Associates (BEA) in the United Kingdom. Registration will improve safety,  and  raise  the  profile  of  the  profession  within  the  healthcare  industry.  Although  a voluntary  register  has  now  been  operating  since  2000,  BEA’s  are  not  yet  compulsorily required to be registered in the UK.
Compulsory  registration  requires  the  definition  of  mandatory  competencies  and  education and  training  pathways  by  which  trainees  may  learn  and  develop  mandatory  competencies. The  United  Kingdom  has  the  National  Occupational  Standards  (NOS)  against  which Biomedical Engineers may be assessed, but has been found to be lacking in the provision of education and training.
Pathways existed for Biomedical Engineers but until recently clear educational pathways did not exist for Biomedical Engineering Associates. A reliance on on-the-job training resulted in resource draining in the public health sector and inconsistent training outcomes.
The Medical Room developed a training programme, in conjunction with leading London teaching  hospital,  Kings  College  Hospital  to  fill  this  gap  in  training  for  Biomedical Engineering Associates. The modular programme is the only one to combine the theory of medical  devices  and  their  clinical  applications  with  the  practical  skills  of  maintenance  and repair.  All  essential  ingredients  required  to  practice  safely.  The  training  programme  is accredited  to  Engineering  Associate  level  by  the  Open  College  Network, a  UK  National Educational Accreditation Body and is revolutionising BEA training in the UK.
A recent research study in Australia identified similar issues with registration and training. Lessons can be learnt from the experiences of the Biomedical Engineers and Engineering Associates  in  the  UK  so  that  the  journey  forward  to  better  education  and  training  and compulsory registration in Australia is both smoother and easier.

Mike  Green  is  the  Director  of  The  Medical  Room,  a  company  specialising  solely  in  the
recruitment and training of Biomedical Engineers and Associates in the United Kingdom.
Mike has nearly 30 years of experience in technical recruitment, with 13 years specifically in the Biomedical Engineering sector.
With the drive towards compulsory registration of Biomedical Engineering Associates in the UK,  Mike  identified  a  need  for  a  dedicated  training  programme.  He  has  developed  a competency-based practical hands-on training programme designed specifically to teach the competencies needed by Biomedical Engineering Associates. The training course is the only one  of  it’s  kind  currently  in  the  UK  and  is  revolutionising  the  Biomedical  education  and training pathways.


Operating and Maintaining Medical Equipment
 in a Deployed Military Field Hospital

Major Geoffrey Baker
Officer Commanding, 6th Health Support Company
3rd Health Support Battalion

Tuesday 17th September 2013

Starts 6:00 PM (Refreshments available from 5:30 PM)
Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

All welcome

Navigating bronchoscopes deep into the
lungs using virtual imaging technology:
User experiences

Mr Simon Knight
Thoracic Surgeon
Director of Thoracic Surgery, Austin Health
Ms Jane Bartlett
Southern Region Manager
Aurora BioScience Pty Ltd

Tuesday 20th August 2013

Starts 6:00 PM (Refreshments available from 5:30 PM

)Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

All welcome

The Wearable Technology Revolution and
Its Impact in the Medical Field

Dr. Paolo Bonato, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School

Tuesday 16th July 2013

6:00 PM (1800hrs) Start (Refreshments available from 5:30 PM)
Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

All welcome

The concept of monitoring individuals in the home and community settings was first proposed more than 50 years ago, when Holter monitoring was invented (in the late 1940’s) and later adopted (in the 1960’s) as a clinical tool. However, technologies to fully enable such vision were lacking and only sporadic and rather obtrusive monitoring techniques were available for several decades. Over the past ten years, we have witnessed tremendous progress in the field of wearable technology. Advances in this field have made available the tools needed to implement and deploy technology with the characteristics required to achieve effective home monitoring of patients’ health status. These technologies provide the tools to achieve early diagnosis of conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias, prevention of chronic conditions such as diabetes, improved clinical management of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, and the ability to promptly respond to emergency situations such as seizures in patients with epilepsy and cardiac arrest in subjects undergoing cardiovascular monitoring. Current research efforts are focused on the development of systems enabling clinical applications. The current focus on developing and deploying wearable systems targeting specific clinical applications has the potential for leading to clinical adoption within the next five to ten years.
In this talk, we will focus on recent developments that appear to enable new applications of wearable technology in the context of the clinical management of chronic conditions.

Paolo Bonato, Ph.D., serves as Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston MA. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge MA, an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA, and an Associate Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Boston MA. Dr. Bonato is Founding and Current Editor-in-Chief of Journal on NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, of the IEEE Journal on Biomedical and Health Informatics, and of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine. Dr. Bonato served as an Elected Member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) AdCom (2007-2010) and he was recently elected IEEE EMBS Vice-President for Publications(2013-2014). He served as President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (2008-2010). He also served as Chair of the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2011) and as Chair of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems in 2008, a committee of which he has been a member since its inception in 2006.
He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Universita` di Roma “La Sapienza” in 1995. His research interest is focused on rehabilitation technology with special emphasis on wearable technology and robotics. To learn more about Dr. Bonato’s work, visit http://srhmal.net/.

The Development and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals:
Australian and International Perspectives

Professor Albert Frauman
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
The University of Melbourne/Austin Health

Tuesday 18th June 2013

6.00pm (Refreshments from 5.30pm
 Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

All welcome

Professor Albert Frauman graduated MBBS in 1979 and MD in 1990 from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He trained jointly in Clinical Pharmacology and Endocrinology at the Austin Hospital and did research postdocs in molecular biology at Harvard Medical School and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. After this, he established his own laboratory within the Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Unit of the Department of Medicine at Austin Health/University of Melbourne. Albert was appointed the Foundation Director of the University’s Drug Evaluation Unit in 1993. This is an academic service which conducts evaluation of clinical trials data for the Therapeutic Goods Administration. More recently these activities expanded to assessment of pharmaceutical chemistry data for the New
Zealand Government’s Medsafe. He has also been a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). In 2007, Albert was appointed Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Melbourne. Albert has been involved in the development of curricula in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics for the new MD course at the University of Melbourne and founded the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Drug Evaluation and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which provided information on basic pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical pharmacology, legal and ethical issues relating to drug development and regulation, and statistics and epidemiology. This was the first course of its kind in Australia and a number of other Universities have since followed suit. Finally, Albert has a number of hospital quality assurance activities, is Co-Director of the Victorian Poisons Information and Clinical Toxicology Service and is involved in inpatient and outpatient clinical medicine at Austin Health.

Electrical Impedance Tomography:
A path to the ideal ICU lung function monitor
or just another 'machine that goes ping'?

Dr David Tingay
Neonatologist/Clinical Research Fellow
The Royal Children's Hospital & Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Tuesday 21st May

6.00pm (Refreshments from 5.30pm
 Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

All welcome

3D, a 9 year insight of a working Clinical 3D 
Imaging Centre at 
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Mr Lloyd Ellis 
Senior Medical Photographer 
Manager of The Batten Foundation 3D Imaging Centre 
Educational Resource Centre 
The Royal Children’s Hospital

Tuesday 16th April 2013

Starts 6:00 PM
(Refreshments available from 5:30 PM)
Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

All welcome

In August 2004 The Clinical Photography Unit took possession of a state of the art 3D Imaging system. The first of its type in Australia and the first of its type to be used in routine clinical imaging. Initially set-up to help the Department of Plastics and Craniofacial Medicine manage the treatment of patients undergoing craniofacial surgery, the unit has steadily evolved into providing routine clinical and diagnostic 3D imagery of a wider range of patient types. 
This presentation will provide an insight of a working 3D clinical unit from its 
inception to current working practices.

A holder of a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Photography from Melbourne’s RMIT, Lloyd has over 30 years experience as a photographic practitioner. Lloyd began his photographic career at Royal Australian Air Force Publications Unit, before moving to Monash University's Department of Anatomy Photographic Unit. 
In 1989 Lloyd was recruited to the Royal Children's Hospital's Educational Resource Centre where he is currently the Senior Medical Photographer and for the last 9 years the manager of The 3d Batten Foundation Image Centre. 
Lloyd has also lectured in Biomedical Photography 3rd Year at the RMIT’s 
Department of Visual Communication. He has co-authorship of 4 papers on 3D 
Imaging, two of which appear in the American Journal of Craniofacial Medicine. 
In 2010 he was a recipient of “The Premiers Excellence Award”, Victorian Public 
Healthcare awards, for his contribution in improving cancer care in paediatrics with the innovative use of 3D Imaging.

Current Trends in Neuromonitoring –
Looking Beyond the EEG

Mr Philip Lewis
Department of Neurosurgery
The Alfred Hospital

Tuesday 19th March 2013

at 6:00 PM
(Refreshments available from 5:30 PM)
Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne
All welcome

Since its first recording by Hans Berger in the early 20th century, the
electroencephalogram (EEG) has cemented its place as a vital tool in the diagnostic armamentarium of scientists and clinicians studying the human brain. Medical and technological advance since then has highlighted the need to look beyond the relatively complex EEG and probe a little further.
Dynamic monitoring of cerebral blood flow, pressure, tissue oxygenation and
metabolic status is now possible, driven by continued research into the clinical
significance of their derangement. Measurement of these parameters is provided by a growing array of technologies that are finding or have found roles in the clinical setting, in some cases providing significant improvements in patient management and outcomes.
This presentation will focus on a few of the key technologies in this field, and the
clinical imperative for their ongoing development.

Philip Lewis is a neuroscientist and sometime biomedical engineer who has been
wedded to the Alfred Hospital since the late 1990’s. After completing a degree in
Medical Biophysics at Swinburne in 1995, Phil happily found himself working under
John Southwell and Leon Alexander in the Alfred’s biomedical engineering
department. With John and Leon’s guidance, a passion for biomedical engineering
was fostered that remains to this day, despite his having left the field for more clinical pastures.
Phil has occupied himself in the 11 years since leaving biomed with learning
neurovascular sonography and (almost) completing a PhD in neuromonitoring. Phil’s goals are to continue researching novel neuromonitoring technologies and their clinical applications, hopefully resulting in the improved management of neurological dysfunction and a spinout company or two. We can only dream.

Note to Engineers Australia Members
Could those SMBE members who are also EA members please ensure that they register their attendance on the EA events site. It is important that we actually record EA members attendance and this also notes the CPD hours.
There are 3 ways of doing this. Either directly via
https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/events/neuro-surgical-monitoring-current-projects-0 which is for this month's meeting
via the weekly engage listing
via the following pathway EA site, <Divisions and Regional groups<Visit Victoria<Groups<Biomedical Branch<Events< then register using EA id number etc.
Any EA BCV involved meetings in the future will be similarly noted and need EA members to register.

New Thresholds in
Biomedical Engineering

Mr Paul Junor
Senior Lecturer, Electronics & Biomedical Engineering
Department of Electronic Engineering
La Trobe University

Tuesday 19th February 2013

at 6:00 PM
(Refreshments available from 5:30 PM)
Engineering House, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne
All welcome

Biomedical Engineering is diverse and multidisciplinary, and hence BME education
courses are typically “overstuffed” with content.
The requirement to consolidate and streamline an existing BME education program
prompted investigation into contemporary approaches for determining what really is
important – resulting in some fascinating insights.

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