VLS Announcements - 20 February 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 025 of our weekly announcements.

This week sees us say a sad farewell to several staff members that have been part of Murdoch University for many years.  One of those staff members is Peter Fallon.

Due to the closure of the Electron Microscope (EM) Unit at Murdoch University, Peter, who is the technologist for the EM unit, has been made redundant & will be finishing at Murdoch this month.  Peter has been working at Murdoch for 38 years & has been an integral part of VLS, not only providing many areas of the school (& outside customers) with a first class electron microscopy service, but has conscientiously taken on so many other roles that have been essential to the smooth running of the faculty.

Peter was the "go to" man for many services within the buildings formally known as Veterinary & Biomedical Science.  He was in charge of the school vehicles, master of the key allocations for all the rooms, keeper of the student's lockers, and a safety officer as well as being involved in numerous other activities.
Peter has always been very helpful & obliging to anyone who required assistance in any way & will be sorely missed.  We wish Peter all the best as he moves into the next phase of his life.

You are warmly invited to join us to say thank you & farewell on Friday 27th February between 10 & 11am in the Vet Staff Common Room - VCS 2.001.

I would also like to bring to your attention that since late 2014, Murdoch University (Media and Communications together with the Murdoch Vet Hospital) and Channel 7’s top rating current affairs program, Today Tonight, have been working to create a ‘Super Vet’ series.

I am delighted to advise that this series will air on 23 and 24 February.

Thank you to Nat, Dom and the hospital staff for your hard work.

Best wishes,

David Hampson

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  • NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships

    We are writing to you to provide further information about the joint NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships to which we hope you are encouraging a broad group of talented, emerging researchers to apply....

    This joint scheme has been allocated up to $46 million out of the $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative in the 2014–15 Federal Budget. Large scale funding is needed because these fellowships are targeting all disciplines, health, social, basic science and medical dementia research as well as the wide range of talented scientists in cognate fields who can shift into dementia research teams. We intend to broaden the skills base and deepen the available pool of talented researchers to facilitate more innovative and intensive research on dementia.

    The intention is to get new researchers linked with dementia research teams and into their current research plans, so they can bring new resources in with them (up to $250 000 research support). The longer term expectation is that these groups will become more successful in gaining grants locally and internationally and so produce sustainable growth in Australian dementia research.

    The new researchers, supervisors and research plans in applications will be judged at NHMRC-ARC current excellence rankings. They are therefore expected to be competitive in future Australian and international research grant rounds as members of strong teams.

    For your information the first initiative of the NNIDR, the Dementia Research Collaborative Team Grants currently under review will provide large scale funding (up to $32.5 million) in this year for the successful mid-career and senior researchers who are collaborating in strong, successful teams. Support continues to be available for people at various career stages through all the existing NHMRC and ARC schemes.

    Finally we are seeking your support for this bold new initiative to grow the dementia research workforce. You and your teams are potential supervisors and promoters of these opportunities in your group, University or Institute and beyond. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please address them to:

    Best wishes in your work

    Professor Aidan Byrne

    Professor Warwick Anderson

    Professor John McCallum
    NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Websites:

    NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships Scheme:

    Boosting Dementia Research Initiative:

  • Clinician Research Fellowships - message from Research & Development Office
  • Please be advised that the Clinician Research Fellowships program is now open for applications....

    The Research Development Unit requests your assistance with promoting this funding opportunity via your institution’s website and/or internal email.

    The Clinician Research Fellowships program is an initiative of the Department of Health in conjunction with the Raine Medical Research Foundation.

    The program is designed to encourage clinicians employed by WA Health to become more involved in health and medical research while continuing some clinical duties. The research must be undertaken in WA and be of direct relevance to WA Health. Clinicians with minimal or no paid research time, are encouraged to apply.

    Fellowships will be made available to early- and mid-career researchers (up to 8 years’ research experience). Fellowship funding will provide salary support for research duties up to 0.5 FTE, as well as contribute to minor research costs. The duration of each Fellowship can be up to 3 years, depending on the extent of the research proposal. During the Fellowship period, clinical duties within WA Health must be retained at a minimum of 0.3 FTE.

    Clinicians are health professionals, such as a medical practitioner, psychologist, physiotherapist, pathologist, nurse or midwife, involved in clinical duties.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Office, Department of Health has contributed additional funds towards Fellowships for nurses and midwives.

    Further information and application documents can be accessed on the Raine Medical Research Foundation website

    The closing date is 1:00pm Monday 30 March 2015.

  • New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Awards - message from Research & Development Office
  • The Department of Health is inviting applications for New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards in 2015.

    The research Development Unit requests your assistance with promoting this funding opportunity via your institution's website and/or internal email.

    NIRIS Awards of up to $10,000 each are available and will be awarded on competitive merit.

    The purpose of these awards is to assist outstanding new medical and health researchers in WA to develop their independent careers, help meet infrastructure costs associated with their research programs and provide recognition of their achievements.

    These awards are for infrastructure costs associated with the research programs for a period of 12 months commencing in the 2015 calendar year. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria that are set out in the Guidelines for Applicants.

    To view the Guidelines for Applicants and Application Form please visit the Research Development Unit website

    For more information email or phone 9222 2069.

  • Journal of Veterinary Medical Education (JVME) Request for Information - Faculty Awards
  • Please see the ATTACHMENT from the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education seeking information on awards, at the national or international level that individuals from the CVM have received over the past 50 years.

    If you know of any award or recognition received by a current or past staff member please pass it on. This is a fantastic opportunity for some publicity for the School.

    Margaret Setter will be coordinating our response so please send through any information to her ( for collation by the 24th April.

  • Weekly Acceptances Report - message from Alasdair Macdonald
  • Please find attached the VLS statistics for acceptances HERE

  • Australia-Malaysia Collaborative research program - closing date March 2nd - courtesy reminder from Research & Development Office
  • In November 2014, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) and Malaysia Research University Network (MRUN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with regard to research as well as teaching and learning.

    To support the objectives of the MoU, applications are invited from researchers from the IRU and MRUN to support existing collaborative activity.

    IRU members include: Murdoch University, Flinders University, La Trobe University, Griffith University, James Cook University and Charles Darwin University. MRUN universities include: Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

    The maximum funding available is 60,000 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) (approximately $20 000 AUD) per year with a maximum duration of three years.

    Research projects should fall within one or more of the broad fields of Health, Energy and Environment. Attached are the Funding Guidelines and Application Form for your consideration.

    Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 2 March 2015.

    For further information and submissions, please contact Jane Crier on the details below:

    Jane Crier
    Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services
    Research and Development Office
    9360 2970 or

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  • News from the Student Advisor Pod

    As always, it was busy in the SA office as we wound down for 2014 and commenced 2015. Some new initiatives have started across the Student Advisor Network, most notably the uni-readiness survey and Student Success Plans. We are also just one week away from Orientation Week. Attendance at Orientation is a critical first step for new students. VLS will have sessions split over two days this semester to best cater for the number of students attending. The SAs will be running the initial sessions, before students break off for seasons with their Academic Chairs. VLS Orientation sessions will be 23 and 24 February and you can see further details for O Week here:

    The Uni-readiness survey has also been rolled out this semester and has been developed by the SA Network, in collaboration with Student Services and Murdoch Support Services. This survey aims to assess students’ readiness for university study, and to provide them with tailored advice, depending on the responses they provide to each question. We have had a good response rate so far, particularly within VLS, where many students are requesting additional help and guidance well before they commence their studies – one of the main goals of the survey! The SA Research Team will be reviewing the first set of results once the semester gets underway and we hope that this administration of this survey will become core business at Murdoch from this semester onwards.

    The SA Network has also begun inviting students in to develop tailored Student Success Plans. Over approximately 1-2 hours, a new student sits down with a SA and answers many specific questions that inform the development of their own “Student Success Plan”. In this first semester we have offered this new initiative to students from a range of backgrounds and will be evaluating whether the plans impact on their first year experience and retention in due course. Although these sessions have been very time consuming, we are finding this process to be very rewarding, both in terms of developing an early rapport with students, but also in really getting to know our students personally and having a true sense of their motivations for study and reasons for choosing Murdoch.

    Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding any of our initiatives. We look forward to working with you all to support our students in 2015.

    Janine, Martin, Sherry and Suz
    VLS Student Advisors

  • Goodbye to Student Advisor Suzanne White
  • Goodbye Suz!

    After almost 19 years, Suzanne White will soon say goodbye to us at Murdoch. Suz has worked in a great diversity of areas while at Murdoch: her first role was as Personal Assistant to the then Vice Chancellor Steven Schwarz. Suz has also worked in practical placements for Chiropractic students and, most recently, was one of the foundational members of the Student Advisor Network, working both within VLS and previously with the former School of Chiropractic and Exercise Science. We often joke in our office that Suz knows everyone at Murdoch – this is a credit to Suz as she has worked and connected with people from all areas of the uni, and has always been willing to help point both staff and student in the right direction. The flip side of course is that almost everyone at Murdoch also knows Suz – her vivacious friendliness and infectious laugh are very well known across campus, and she will be very much missed by staff both from within VLS, but also from staff far beyond this School. Suzanne’s fun nature and amazing organisational skills will be particularly missed from the VLS Student Advisor office and we are very lucky to have her on board for one last Orientation Week! Although we, and the many students that Suz has helped and guided , will be very sad to see Suz go, we are very excited for Suz in whatever lies ahead.

    Janine, Martin and Sherry
    VLS Student Advisors

  • 2015 Guide to the Academic Registrar's Office - message from Carolyn McInnis  

    HERE is the 2015 updated version of the Guide to the Academic Registrar’s Office.

  • ACIAR John Dillon Fellowship visit 3 March
  • The department of Agriculture is  putting together a program for members of ACIAR's John Dillon Memorial Fellowship and thought that staff from the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences may wish to meet with these individuals on the afternoon of Tuesday 3 March.

    They are mid-career scientists and the aim of the fellowship is to develop their leadership skills in the areas of agricultural research management, agricultural policy and/or extension technologies. I have attached some info on the fellowship. DAFWA has agreed to host the group from 3 - 6 March and I have been asked to develop a program for them.

    I have listed the Fellows details below and attached their CV’s for more information:

    Dr Fujiang Hou, Director, Gansu Grassland Ecological Research Institute, Lanzhou, CHINA - Conservation and; green house gases, economic analysis of rural systems
    Dr Lampheuy Kaensombath, Director of Division, Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Laos, Vientiane, LAO PDR – Animal Nutrition and Management
    Ms Fredah Wantum, Health Officer, Baptist Union of PNG, Mt Hagen, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Director Nursing
    Dr Lucia Borines, Professor, Visayas State University, Baybay City, Leyte, PHILIPPINES - Plant Pathology and Plant Protection
    Dr Chau Minh Khoi, Head of Soil Science Department, Cantho University, Cantho city, VIETNAM – Soil Science eg salt, nutrients

    If any staff would like to meet with the group or if we could perhaps arrange a tour of some of your research facilities please let me know. John Dillon Fellowship Guidelines

    Rachelle Johnstone | Development Officer
    Irrigated Agriculture Industries Development
    Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
    Verschuer Place (off Dodson Rd), Bunbury WA 6230
    9780 6158 or

  • Research Grants and Contracts Contact - message from the Research & Development Office 

    Introducing Janine Blake, the newest member of the Grants and Contracts team, within the Research and Development Office.

    Janine has joined as a Grants and Contracts Officer and will be providing dedicated support to the College of Veterinary Medicine.

    For all your research funding queries and advice, Janine can be contacted via the following:

    9360 6864 or

  • Farewell to Howard Gill!

    At the end of the month, Howard Stamper Gill will finally get to apply his BSc in Freshwater Angling from the University of Bums on Seats - he is retiring after over 30 years of service to Murdoch University. In that time he has taught a wide range of units in the undergraduate curriculum, supervised (truck)loads of Honours and graduate students (over 20 Honours, MSc and PhD) students, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers, and served the university in roles as diverse as a long-standing membership of the Animal Ethics Committee, over a decade as Academic Chair for Biological Sciences and Conservation and Wildlife Biology, and acting director of the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research.

    His unique teaching style, replete with memorable phrases such as 'Arrgh, d-hds!' struck a responsive chord with many undergraduates, while his extraordinary knowledge of fish biology and evolutionary theory (particularly as applied to the rise of the vertebrates) ensured that a generation of Murdoch graduates were well-informed about fish jaws and lampreys. Howard also found time to collaborate or lead numerous research projects and published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. The book in which his latest co-authored chapter appeared has received laudatory reviews, essentially saying 'If you're into fish, buy this book.' He's now off fishing. With the name of Gill, and being a Pisces, this is a fate written in the stars.

    Goodbye, Howard, thanks, and happy fishing!

  • Welcome to Joanne Cruden 

    Joanne joins VLS this week in the position of Veterinary Nurse (Diagnostic Imaging Assistant) within the Veterinary Hospital.  Welcome Joanne!

  • Kelly Hall - Continuing Education Coordinator leave 

    Kelly Hall is taking leave from this coming Monday 23rd February until Friday 3rd April.  During this time Nathalie Kennedy will be stepping in to the role of Acting Continuing Education Coordinator.  Please welcome Nathalie to the role.

  • UniForum - message from Fiona Feist
  • The University will be kicking off a project called UniForum on Monday 23 February 2015 which will run for 3 weeks.

    The UniForum project captures data on the time professional staff spend on services that support our teaching & research activity. Central to this project is the Professional Staff Activity Survey which is designed to capture data on time spent by professional staff on specific support activities throughout 2014.

    The school has selected a group of survey respondents who will be completing the Professional Staff Activity Survey. These survey respondents in most cases will be your line manager and may come to you to rpovide information to the survey. The UniForum project is an important initiative for Murdoch that will provide us with new & valuable insights into how we are organised and how we operate.

    Your support for this important project is vital to ensure its success.

    If anyone has any questions or requires any further information, the primary contact in the school is Fiona Fiest - Executive Business Manager who can be contacted on or 9360 7654.

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  • Presentation by Professor Michael Ratcliffe - message from Deborah Robertson
  • I am pleased to advise you of an ASI sponsored talk by Professor Michael Ratcliffe to be held at the McCusker conference room, on Monday 23 February at 11.00am

    Please see FLYER for further details. Please note this talk is not part of the normal IIID seminar schedule.

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  • New or Recent Grad Veterinary Employment Opportunity  
  • We are small veterinary practice located in Wagga Wagga, NSW looking for a new or recent grad to join our enthusiastic team. We are looking for either a full time or part time vet and would work on about 1:3 on call.

    We are predominately small animal clinic with a small amount of wildlife, exotics and large animal work. We are a small close knit team and thoroughly enjoy the small practice environment.

    If there are any recent students looking for work we would love to meet them.

    Alex Keough BVSc BSc
    Lake Road Veterinary Clinic

  • Help needed for Wordpress website - message from Lars Bejder

    Do you or anyone you work with have a good handle on working with Wordpress for website? I am in need of some help (from time to time) with our lab website Have a bit of salary funding available to pay an hourly rate.

    Please contact me if you have experience and are interested. or 9360 6582

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