Welcome to the SMBE Vic Newetter February 2019

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The 2019 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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SMBE Vic. Inc Membership
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  •   Fee for 2018/2019
          • - $50/annum full members and $25/annum students
          • Fee payable as:
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          • - 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:




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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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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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.

The Society for Medical and Biological Engineering Victoria Inc
February 2019 Scientific Meeting

Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices

Abstract:  The Bionics Institute has a 35 year history of high-level research and has developed a commercial outlook via contract research. More recently the BI embarked on the design and development of implantable (Class III) medical devices and the associated manufacturing pathways. 

In the medical devices world there has been substantial growth in the field of "Neuromodulation". This is an expensive business requiring relevant research skills, proof of concept, pre-clinical trials, device manufacture and clinical trials capability. Interested groups need to understand the regulatory compliance ecosystem including quality management systems, relevant international standards together with the complexities of manufacturing devices suitable for human implantation. 

This creates an opportunity for the Bionics Institute to offer an advisory service to groups who are interested in commercializing their research in this field but may not have either the resources or experience to do so. 

This seminar, "Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices" will discuss how this can be achieved from our position in Australia.

Bio:  Graeme has worked in the private, public and academic sectors. He has lectured in biomedical engineering, control systems, design and development; initially at RMIT then LaTrobe University and (p/t) at the University of Melbourne. He held various academic management positions. He has undertaken neuro-stimulation research at the Bionics Institute over the last 12 years including supervision of Masters and PhD students. Since retiring from LaTrobe University six years ago he has worked part-time for the Bionics Institute as well as Blamey-Saunders Hearing, managing the development of new projects. Research included Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI), Bionic vision (BI - BVA) and recently the Bionics Institute's minimally invasive implantable epilepsy monitor, Epi-Minder.

In 1996 Graeme and his brother established Yering Station Winery in the Yarra Valley and in 2005 Graeme purchased the Diamond Valley Vineyards brand in the Yarra Valley. Predominately a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer the current releases are a fine collection of elegant, restrained and expressive cool-climate wines of quality.

Graeme will deliver a short expose on wine appreciation with some samples from his winery available to try.