VLS Announcements 031 - 2 April 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 031 of our weekly announcements.

On behalf of the School Executive, Cluster leaders and College Principal we hope that everyone in VLS is able to take time to relax and recharge over the Easter period (hopefully including busy veterinary clinicians).

Personally I have an overgrown and unkempt garden, so I know what I am lined up for this long weekend! Undoubtedly a great deal of chocolate will also get eaten.

Kind regards

David Hampson

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Sarah Gillett by COB each Friday for publication the following Friday.

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  • Career Connect Newsletter now available- Message from Jane Foster, Careers and Employment

    Dear University Contacts,

    The April edition of our CareerConnect Newsletter is now available. Electronic version below, PDF version and link available here:
    Feel free to promote or distribute to the student population as you see fit. This month’s edition features:

    • Graduate Success Story – Jake Nelson (Science/Math)
    • Leeuwin Tall Ship Student Experience – Bradley Moyle
    • 2015 Advance Global Australian Mentoring Program
    • Employment Preparation/Job Search Workshops for April
    • MSEL Leadership Talk Series (for Semester 1, 2015)
    • Student and Final Year/Graduate – jobs boards and;
    • Job Search resource links.

    Warm regards

    Jane Foster
    Careers Development Advisor (Tues, Wed, Fri) | Academic Registrar’s Office | Careers & Employment
    Phone 08 9360 6959 | Email
    Murdoch University, 90 South Street, MURDOCH WA 6150

  • PACE-Net Plus seed-funding – Call for Projects - Message from Giles Hardy 

    The Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net Plus) is now accepting proposals for projects across a number of societal challenges including climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bio-economy; and health, demographic change, and wellbeing.

    Seeding Funding of up to €10,000 will be available to support international travel and transport, accommodation, consumables, and workshop and conference expenses.

    This call is open to applicants from EU countries, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT). Participants from Australia and New Zealand are eligible but only if the proposal involves an EU and PICT partner. Further Information about the call is available at the PACE-Net Plus website.

    Please see:
    PNP Seed Funding Call – Application Form; and
    Information Sheets – Non Communicable diseases and infectious diseases (Please note that applications under these societal challenges close on 1 April 2015).

    Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2015. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

    Kind regards,
    The CAESIE Team
    CAESIE is a bilateral consortium comprising partners from the European Union and Australia.
    CAESIE is part of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

  • Invitation to Submit Abstract - Let's celebrate Soils in 2015 - Message from Wendy Vance

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    Soil Science Australia (WA Branch) now invites participants to submit abstract (s) to the 2015 WA Soil Science Conference to be held at The Atrium, Mandurah, WA from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 September 2015. Young and established researchers are welcome to submit abstracts that provide insight into the latest developments in Soil Science.

    Please prepare your abstract (350- 400 word maximum) downloaded from on the conference blog found at The template also includes instructions to authors.

    Further information on the conference and the abstract template can be downloaded from on the conference blog found at .

    Submit abstracts to no later than Monday 13th April 2015.
    Please forward this invitation to colleagues who may be interested in attending and presenting at the conference.

    Conference key dates
    Call for abstracts Monday 16 February 2015
    Deadline for submission of abstracts Monday 13 April 2015
    Authors advised of abstract acceptance Monday 18 May 2015
    Preliminary program available Wednesday 17 June 2015
    Early bird registration opens Wednesday 17 June 2015
    Standard registration opens (early bird closes) Wednesday 15 July 2015
    Deadline for submission of final abstract Monday 17 August 2015
    Late registration opens (standard closes) Monday 17 August 2015
    Final program available Wednesday 26 August 2015
    Late registration closes Monday 24 August 2015
    Soil Judging Competition Sunday 6 September 2015
    Conference Monday 7 ‒ Wed. 9 September 2015
    Field trip Tuesday 8 September 2015

    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    Land Management Group
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    Murdoch University
    Ph 08 93607224

    Regional Conference on Conservation Agriculture for Smallholders in Asia and Africa, December 2014
    Please visit:
  • Quarantine Approved Premises QC1 Criteria review - seeking consultation - Message from Vanessa Hahn, Safety in Research and Teaching Coordinator

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    Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP) Quarantine Containment Level 1 (QC1) review - seeking consultation

    The Department of Agriculture (the department) is currently reviewing all containment criteria for microbiological, animal, aquatic, plant and invertebrate facilities (includes QAP classes 5, 6 and 7). This review is being undertaken to:

    • where possible, harmonise requirements with revised Australian/New Zealand containment standards
    • link with industry best practice of utilising the standards as the basis for containment and be similar to approaches utilised by other agencies
    • reduce regulation.

    The first stage of this review covers the requirements for QC1 containment facilities and the below documents are now available for comment on the department’s website:

    • Revised QC1 criteria
    • QC1 informative text
    • Definitions to be incorporated into the Glossary.

    These documents also reflect changes following initial consultation with a limited number of operators and industry representatives to ensure effective regulation prior to undertaking this wider round of consultation. The department has also presented the proposed changes at recent industry workshops and feedback to date has been positive.

    If you have any comments on the revised documents, please save the feedback templates found online and fill them in, prior to forwarding to Approved Arrangements before close of business 30 April 2015.

    Due to time constraints, the department:

    • will be unable to provide date extensions for the feedback period
    • requests that organisations with more than one QAP provide comment in a single response on sections only relevant to their operations.

    The following are also available online:

    • Information about addressing risks at containment facilities, found in the Addressing Risks At Quarantine Containment Facilities.
    • Feedback from the initial consultation.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration and comment.

    Yours sincerely

    Jeff Cates
    Assistant Director
    Approved Arrangements Section
    Compliance Arrangements Branch

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  • Congratulations to Dr Cristy Secombe - Message from Sonja Davies, Organisational Capability Unit Advisor

    031 - Cristy Secombe.jpg Congratulations to Dr Cristy Secombe on being the successful recipient of the Murdoch Leadership Alumni Network Awards for the funded enrolment in : Emerging Leaders Program through AIMWA.

  • Continuing Education Coordinator - Message from Fiona Feist

    031 - Chelsea Little.jpg We are pleased to advise that Chelsea Little has accepted the role Continuing Education Coordinator replacing Kelly Hall who is going on maternity leave. Chelsea will commence on Tuesday, 28th April 2015.

    Please join me in welcoming Chelsea to the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

    Fiona Feist | Executive Business Manager
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    Murdoch University
    Loneragan Room 3.036F | South Street | Murdoch | Western Australia 6150
    Tel +61 8 9360 7654 | Mob 0439 889 974 | Fax +61 8 9360 2949 | Email

  • Article from the Broome Advertiser - 'Snapshots of coastal activities' - from Mediaportal

    Hundreds of aerial survey photographs have been used to create maps of human activity along the West Kimberley coastline that will provide key insights for conservation and sustainable development of the region. Professor Lynnath Beckley from Murdoch University and her team have spent two years using low-altitude shots to monitor where and why people and their vehicles end up in some of the most difficult places to access in WA.

    See full article here.

  • VLS Event Support - request for staff to attend events - Message from Jade Castle 

    Please see below updated schedule of events requiring VLS staff support in the first half of the year.

    Any staff that are able to attend please advise Katherine Cresey –

    Date Time Event Attendance Type Attendee
    Tuesday 28th April 4:30 – 9pm Wesley/Penrhos Expo 1 VLS representative required for a presentation (general overview of courses and careers)
    Monday 11th May 11:15 – 12:00pm Careers Masterclass Presentation to teachers and careers counsellors about career opportunities in VLS Phil Nicholls
    Sat – Sun 16-17th May 8 – 4pm Careers and Education Expo 1 VLS representative each day (FSO’s are being rostered in split shifts which can make it easier)
    Wednesday 20th May 6:30 – 8pm UG Information Session 1 VLS representative for expo
    Wednesday 27th May 6:30 – 8pm Health Careers Industry Evening Representatives from:
    Biomedical Science
    Lab Med
    Forensics & Toxicology
    Wednesday 3rd June 6:30 – 8pm Law & Justice Industry Evening Representative from:
    Forensics & Toxicology
    Tuesday 16th June 5 – 7pm Penrhos Careers Carousel 1 VLS representative for expo
    Wednesday 17th June 5 – 8:30pm Scotch College Expo 1 VLS representative for expo
  • Perth Science Festival is back! - Volunteer needed - Message from Katherine Cresey

    Michelle Austin, our Science Outreach Review Officer, is looking for EOI from staff on having an activity for the Perth Science Festival as part of National Science Week.

    National Science week is running from 15-23 August (during week 4 of S2). For more information, please see here or contact Michelle Austin 

    If you or any of your colleagues would be interested in this opportunity, could you please let myself or Michelle know as soon as possible.

    This is a fantastic promotional opportunity for Science at Murdoch.

    Kind Regards

    Katherine Cresey
    Operations Coordinator
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    Tel: +61 8 9360 2515

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Marine Science Seminar - 'Who's Killing the Great Barrier Reef?' - Message from Lynnath Beckley


    Who’s killing the Great Barrier Reef?

    Paul Groves, Coastal Ecosystems Project Officer - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

    12h30- 13h20 Wednesday 8th April 2015

    Biological Science Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University

    Two of the biggest underlying threats to the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef lie in the adjacent catchment. Water quality and coastal development have been highlighted in recent publications (including the Outlook Report and the Strategic Assessment for the Great Barrier Reef) as the biggest threats facing the Reef. In this presentation Paul Groves will take us through the processes used to identify how the catchment has changed, how it is used and how these changes are impacting on the ecological processes and services that the catchment provides for the Reef. The catchment lies outside of the jurisdiction of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority so to address these issues involves innovative communication, engagement and partnerships. Through these engagement mechanisms, GBRMPA hopes to strategically focus the limited funding for Systems Repair to restore processes and services in an otherwise changed landscape.

    Paul Groves completed his BSc in Marine Science at Murdoch in 2005 and has been working at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority since 2006.

    Contact person: Professor Lynnath Beckley (9360-6392) or

  • Presentation by Dr Megan Lloyd - Message from Deb Robertson

    Please see flyer for details on Dr Megan Lloyd's presentation entitled "Should we care about cytomegalovirus in breast milk?", to be held on Wednesday 8th April 2015.

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