Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newsletter. April 2017

This Newsletter was created to provide News, Information and ideas on the ever-growing topic of Health Technology. This Newsletter, updated monthly, provides a quick and easy way for you to stay up to date and get the latest information wherever and whenever you need it.

The 2017 meetings of the Society will be held at The Unicorn Club in the grounds of Melbourne High School on Alexandra Avenue. The Unicorn Club is the Function Venue for the Melbourne High School Old Boys Association(MHSOBA). The Club has modern facilities, great accommodation and a cash bar with reasonable prices.
Entry is from Alexandra Ave. by vehicle or from Yarra St. through the pedestrian gate. Parking is near the Club or along the main drive in front of the main building.
Starting time is 6.30pm (1830). Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm.

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Note that attendance will attract 1.5 CPD points for EA members.


The Unicorn Club is next to the MHSOBA Scoreboard in the South-West Corner of the Melbourne High School grounds. Access the grounds from the Alexandra Ave. gate.
Parking is available along the top drive and near the Unicorn Club. The South Yarra station and Toorak tram are a 350m walk down Yarra St.

Claire Davies-Building and Designing Assistive Technology

My interest in biomedical engineering evolved while volunteering at  the Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital. I realised that the children with  whom I worked did not have access to effective assistive technology.  I  have designed the BDAT (Building and Designing Assistive Technology) laboratory around meeting these needs.

The primary goal of research in the BDAT laboratory is to increase  independence of those living with disability using an approach which  takes into account perceptual and physical responses of all senses to  create technologies which are accessible and easily navigated. As such, the BDAT laboratory integrates clinical evaluations into the  design process, combining input from clinicians as well as engineers to  optimize design of assistive technology. Moreover, an integral member of this multidisciplinary team is the end-user who works closely with the team to help create and evaluate a design  which best suits their needs. This laboratory environment is designed to provide a comfortable space for end-users, families and caregivers to  work with engineers, prosthetists and therapists in designing and testing technologies to meet their own needs. It is  the first laboratory of its kind in Canada to combine the concept of  “makerspaces” with targeted research around evaluating user access  mechanisms and designing assistive technology to meet the needs of individuals. Through an increase in evidence-based  clinical evaluations, it is hoped that the design of assistive  technology will evolve from one that meets the needs of specific  individuals, to one of universal design, to develop devices which are easily utilized by all without adaptation. The ultimate goal is to  increase the productivity of all individuals, and allow them to become  confident and integral members of the community.

Jobs Watch

  • Research Fellow (Biological Sciences) - Monash University
  • Field Service Technician - Peak Scientific
  • Junior Quality Assurance Officer - recruiter
  • Project Lead - Hydrix
  • Research Officer - RMIT Bundoora
  • Field Service Tech Support Engineer - Sorin Group

SMBE Vic. Inc Membership
To join SMBE Vic email

  •   Fee for 2016/2017
          • - $50/annum full members and $25/annum students
          • Fee payable as:
          • - By credit card at the bar
          • - Cash or credit card to treasurer at monthly meetings
          • - Direct deposit to SMBE (Vic) Bank Account - please use your name as reference

The Committee for 2017 are:




David Mason


David Smith


Robert Barnett


Lisa Karpinski

Medical Graduate


Non-Medical Hospital Staff

Rebecca Bailey

Educational Establishment

Paul Junor

Commercial Establishment

Dani Forster

Scientific Establishment

Darren Freeman

Student Member

Natalie Rode

General Committee

Scott Wade

Jono Nevile

Ewe-Jin Cheah

Jaimee Mayne
Leon Alexander

Immediate Past President

Shoo Chin Siah

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For Information about THE

Leon Alexander. SMIEAust. CPEng(Biomed)

SMBE Vic Inc current constitution here.

During EPSM-abec 2010, Dr Richard Kirsner delivered a fascinating account of the development of biomedical engineering at the University of Melbourne, focussing on the achievements of Dr David Dewhurst.

You can view the paper here. A broadband internet connection is required.
A membership number is required for access. Please contact the Secretary by email or here.

Bionic Eye News

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How Medtronic started up

The Canadian Society has an interesting video about donation of equipment to developing countries. See the page here

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