Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newsletter.June 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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Next Month - Note Meeting on 2nd Tueday 10 July 2018 at 6.30pm

A special guest -Sarah Davies, Humanitarian Aid Engineer talks about her work in Syria improving the health of the community through the application of engineering principles.


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.

June Meeting

Eve  A platform designed to enhance the pregnancy experience for expectant mothers

Expectant mothers are often overwhelmed by the abundance of information made  available to them. Eve has been designed to serve as a single source of  truth by providing evidence based content to expectant mothers in a form which is easy to navigate, always available and tailored to the mother’s pregnancy. The tablet  based application provides users with access to a variety of tools to  monitor the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby, and transmits this data back to the hospital midwives in real time via the Midwife Portal. Eve has recently been piloted at Cabrini  Hospital with a high level of success.

This project was submitted to the Australian Biomedical Engineering Innovation Awards, winning 2nd prize. The ABEIA link is:

Discussion - Transforming Healthcare With Blockchain Technology

The Technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has the  potential to transform many aspects of healthcare including the way we  capture, store and report on patient data, manage the hospital supply chain and operate clinical trials.  Smart contracts in healthcare will enable further automation and will  play a role in reducing administration expenditure. We’ll cover off the  fundamentals of blockchain technology and explore some of the innovative use cases in health.

Josh Farrington has a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering (with a  major in Biomedical Engineering) and an MBA. He has been with Cabrini  Technology Group for over 12 years, during which time he has worked in a variety of technical, consulting and operations management roles in the biomedical field. He has recently moved into the role of Innovation  Manager, which sees him apply his diverse skillset to develop technology based solutions capable of augmenting existing models of care.