Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newsletter. July 2018

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 2018 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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Sunday 7th October - Wednesday 10th October 2018


SMBE Vic. Inc Membership
To join SMBE Vic email

  •   Fee for 2017/2018
          • - $50/annum full members and $25/annum students
          • Fee payable as:
          • - By credit card on the website via PayPal
          • - 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 2018 are:




David Mason


David Smith


Robert Barnett



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

Douglas Haig

Stephanie Miles

Jesus Campo Uribe
Leon Alexander
Stephanie Doyle

Immediate Past President

Shoo Chin Siah

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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

For questions, comments, or to request additional information about Medical and Biological Engineering, proceed to the Contact Us page to communicate directly with our staff.

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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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.

July Meeting
Abstract and Bio

Sarah Davies is a chemical engineer with extensive experience in the delivery of humanitarian aid in countries recovering from disaster or conflict. Sarah initially spent 10 years working in water and sanitation in the private sector and made the switch to the humanitarian sector 14 years ago working in some 20 countries since. Most recently she has been involved in the response to the movement of the Rohingya population from Myanmar to Bangladesh and completed assignments in North Korea and Syria.

Applying her skills as an engineer Sarah has worked to improve the health of communities through better water supply, sanitation and hygiene through interventions ranging from building simple pit latrines in remote locations through to working on a larger scale with municipal service providers installing mechanical pumps and repair of sewerage networks.

Sarah has used her engineering training not only in the applied sense of finding technical solutions but more importantly understanding how to work with people within different cultures and contexts to ensure interventions are appropriate and sustainable.

Sarah will talk about her experiences and in particular the way her engineering training and experience prepared her for her roles in international aid organisations which has at times extended way beyond her initial ideas of what engineers can contribute.