Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newsletter. October 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.

Agenda for SMBE Vic 2017 AGM
1. Opening
3.President’s report
4.Treasurer’s report
5.Meeting venue
6.Election of 2018 committee
7.Next meeting
8.Other busines

 Perception: Where past and future meet
Kia Nobre FBA, MAE
We experience a rich world unfolding around us, as if we had direct access to it and apprehended all. But this  deep, unshakeable belief is illusory.

Charles Pearson Theatre,
Eastern Resource Centre, Building 171,
University of Melbourne
Parkville 3052

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
Refreshments from 5.15pm
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Avoiding Risk of Failures and Maximising  Patient Safety- Engineering Lessons for Clinical Applications
A joint Meeting of RES Vic and SMBE Vic

The aim of this lecture is to highlight issues that govern aspects of clinical & technical technology failures particularly in relation to technology that goes "home" with the patient by looking at a range of incidents and statistics. 

By understanding  what went wrong which led to these incidents, patient safety can be maximised and failures can be minimised. 

Further, we will consider the practical management aspects of implementing "safe" processes from hazard identification, risk assessment, the controls which are put in place and all of the procedures which are defined and adopted.

This also outlines practices that will help you avoid litigation and is part of the overall quality process that is in place to ensure the best outcomes.


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

NAME:BILL CONTOYANNIS, Rehabilitation Engineer
•Manager, REHABTECH, (Prosthetics, Orthotics and Assistive Technology consulting services)
•Forensic Engineer, Dohrmann Consulting (Consulting Engineers  & Ergonomists)
•Rehabilitation Engineer, Melbourne Health, Monash Health Wheelchair and Seating Programs

Bill Contoyannis,
Bill is a senior forensic engineer with Mark Dohrmann and Partners Pty Ltd conducting investigations and providing expert advice .  He was instrumental in the setting up of REHAB TECH, a Prosthetics, Orthotics and Assistive Technology consulting service and research unit originally at Australia’s Monash University’s Centre for Biomedical Engineering and now a private entity.
He is a qualified rehabilitation Engineer with a degree in Mechanical engineering and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering and is an adviser to health departments, professional organisations and support associations throughout Australia.
He has been involved in a broad range of rehabilitation and assistive technology areas and has contributed to the field area of prosthetics for over twenty five years and with a range of activities including incident investigation, education, research, advice and clinical support.
He managed and conducted technical failure investigations on behalf of a nation-wide reporting scheme for over ten years. As part of this work he conducted formal training courses worldwide in patient safety, failures of assistive technology devices and litigation avoidance, and material science relating to the fabrication of artificial limbs, orthopaedic devices, wheelchairs and other assistive technology.
He is a co-author of Chapter 3 - Material Science, AAOS Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices, (Fourth Edition).
Bill has extensive experience in:
•The materials used in prosthetics and orthotics and the engineering and science applicable to their application.
•the investigation of incidents, injuries and component or product failures.
•the establishment of inspection intervals and equipment management schemes for the determination of life cycle and safe use analysis.
•liaison between clients, lawyers (attorneys) and the statutory bodies such as the Therapeutic Devices Branch, (Australia’s FDA) as well as expert advice at trial.


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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