Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newsletter. August 2017

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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.

Program for visit to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 19 September 2017
Areas covered,
1.       VCCC Biomedical Engineering workshop and roles
2.       Linear Accelerators located in Basement 1
3.       Theatre and HDR unit located in Level 6 (Depending on the Day the availability of the unit)
4.       Chemotherapy Day Unit
5.       Level 12 (If there is enough sunlight)
 Our Ground floor café is open until 6:30 pm.

PeterMac Cancer Centre started approximately 70 years ago in one room in Queen Victoria hospital in Melbourne.
Sir Peter MacCallum and Dr Rutherford Kaye-Scott convinced the Victorian Government to set up Victoria’s first dedicated cancer centre.
Biomedical Engineers have been supporting Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre from 1976 when Electro medical device safety became more important.
Dr. John Coles, our first Biomedical Engineer worked along with Peter Mac Physicists to maintain Physics equipment associated with radiotherapy and develop new treatment delivery devices.
By 1986, when its name changed from the ‘Cancer Institute’ to the ‘Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute’, it occupied 11 different sites across Melbourne.
These locations were consolidated in 1994 on the site of the former St Andrews Hospital in East Melbourne.  
In June 2016, Peter Mac moved to its new home within $1 billion purpose built Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

As part of Physical Sciences department, Biomedical Engineer’s role at Petermac are listed below,
·         Maintaining Brachytherapy devices (Including HDR Source changes), Physics QA and planning devices
·         Maintain Medical devices as per AS3551 standard.
·         Provide clinical support for Ultrasound guided biopsies, Microwave ablation, Photo Dynamic Therapy and Laser treatment.
·         Research and Develop new Radiotherapy treatment aids..


Prem G Krishnan, Chief Biomedical Engineer.
I started working at Petermac as a  Senior Biomedical Engineer on April 2015. I was later appointed as the Chief Biomedical Engineer in August 2017 after we have moved to the new facility.
Prior to working at Petermac I worked at the Royal Melbourne hospital as a Senior Biomedical Engineer. I migrated to Australia in the Year 2003 to complete my Masters in Engineering at the RMIT university

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.

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