Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newletter April 2019

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.

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Earl Bakken, early pacemaker inventor and founder of Medtronic, dies at 94
Read News here His secrets of success here

How Medtronic started up

The Founder of Medtronics and leading inventor of the implantable pacemaker died 21 October at his home in Hawaii Read his story in the newsletter.
Earl Bakken and Wilson Greatbach, both leaders in pacemaker design and development, were visitors to Melbourne. See Earl Bakken’s Legacy in the Bakken Museum here.

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          • - $50/annum full members and $25/annum students
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The Committee for 2018 are:




Paul Junor


Leon Alexander


Robert Barnett


David Smith

Medical Graduate

Jim Cameron

Non-Medical Hospital Staff

Rebecca Bailey

Educational Establishment

David Grayden

Commercial Establishment

Dani Forster

Scientific Establishment

Emma Moore

Student Member

Stephanie Doyle

General Committee

Tatiana Kameneva



Jesus Campo Uribe
Shoo Chin Siah
Natalie Rode

Immediate Past President

David Mason

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For Information about

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

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April 2019 Meeting
A New Frontier: 3D Printing in Medicine and Surgery
As disruptive technologies sweep across our  current medical landscape, significant challenges are posed to  clinicians, scientists, patients, regulators and the broader public as  they struggle to keep up with the rate of change.This presentation seeks to highlight the key innovations currently impacting healthcare and  society as a whole, and raise the necessary questions we should be  asking ourselves in order for humanity to keep up with the ever changing landscape of technological innovation. We share our experiences of  being at the forefront of some of these technologies through the Austin  Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory's journey and future directions.
Jason is a Clinical Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences based at the Austin Hospital Department of Surgery. He is a Specialist Vascular Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Jason is Director of Vascular Surgery at Austin Health and is also the Director of the Austin Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory, formed in collaboration with The University of Melbourne Department of Mechanical Engineering. His many community and clinical governance roles include being past-chair of the RACS Victorian Regional Committee, Councillor to AMA Victoria, membership of advisory committees to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and President of the Australian Chinese Medical Association of Victoria. Jason maintains a strong interest in multiculturalism, diversity, safety and quality in healthcare, surgical education, simulation and training, as well as systems innovation and medical device development.