VLS Announcements 032 - 10 April 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 032 of our weekly announcements.

I trust you all had a lovely & restful Easter long weekend.

Kind regards,

David Hampson

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

Note: items that require action are now marked with a red flag for action.   Click on [Expand All/Collapse All] below to view the entire stories.

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Reviewing your Leave Balances, Leave Plan & Leave Applications - message from Melissa Koh, Human Resources 

    Dear Colleagues

    Murdoch University has adopted an increased focus on the promotion of a healthy work-life balance, and it is important that we as individuals take time to consider our health and well-being. This commitment has been made by the Senior Leadership Group and we like to align VLS with this vision.

    Annual Leave:  As you may already be aware, Murdoch provides the 4 weeks of Annual Leave entitlement (pro-rated for fractional appointments) in advance each year to employees on fixed term and continuous contracts. We encourage staff to book their annual leave entitlement for each year on MyHR. An information sheet has also been attached if you would like to find out what your 2015 annual leave entitlement is.

    Long Service Leave:  Actual long service leave is available to fixed term or continuous employees who have had continuous service at the University for 10 years or more. Staff who have an entitlement to long service leave are encouraged to apply using the Leave form as attached.

    Finally, with the first semester well on its way, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the staff within VLS.

  • 4WD Course for Staff & Students - message from Steve Goynich  for action

    This course which runs 22nd & 23rd April is for staff & students who will need to go off road (non gazetted) for their work at Murdoch University. It covers the theory of 4WD's & practical experience (beach & red dirt driving) over 2 days. The cost is $200.

    To take part, please fill out the attached application form with an account to charge & your supervisors permission, then send the completed form to

    Please also read the 4x4 Flyer for further information.

  • NEW Fieldwork Safety Form - message from Frank Salleo   

    Please be advised that THIS is the current and ONLY Fieldwork Safety Form to be used effective immediately as all previous versions are no longer valid.

  • Autoclave training - message from Rhonda Loxley

    There have been some enquiries regarding training in the use of autoclaves in the Biological Science and Science & Computing buildings. 

    If you are interested in attending or have new personnel in your lab requiring training, please forward the details to, indicating which autoclave you intend to use.

    A reminder that is is necessary to have attended these training sessions to be eligible to use the autoclaves.

  • Congratulations to Dr Cristy Secombe - message from Peter Irwin

    Hello everyone,

    I hope you all had a good break over Easter, and my thanks to everyone who was here working over the long weekend to keep the Hospital operating and animals treated.

    Please join me in congratulating Dr Cristy Secombe who is the successful recipient of a Murdoch Leadership Alumni Network Award for enrolment in the Emerging Leaders Program through the Australian Institute of Management WA!

    With best wishes


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

  • Dr Daniel Cook "Poisonous Plants of the Western United States, Highlighting Past & Current Research", Monday 13 April, 12:30 - 1:30pm, VBS3.024 

    Dr Daniel Cook
    Plant Physiologist and Molecular Biologist, United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Poisonous Plants Research Laboratory, Logan, Utah, USA

    Monday 13 April, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Room VBS3.024, Building 250

    Talk Title:


    Dr Cook is a world authority on endophytes that cause poisoning in livestock, having been instrumental in the identification of the endophytes in Swainsona, Oxytropis, Astragalus and Ipomoea spp. that produce the mycotoxins swainsonine and calystegines. He has also been involved in many other aspects of the diverse research conducted at the Poisonous Plants Research Laboratory into many other poisonous plants.

    Dr Cook is visiting Western Australia as a Visiting Specialist of the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, to investigate
    the role of an endophyte in kikuyu poisoning, a sporadic disease of ruminants encountered in Western Australia.

  • Dr Paul Effler "Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: one year into it, what have we learned?", Wednesday 15 April, 11am, IIID 

    You are invited to a seminar presentation by Dr Paul Effler titled "Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: one year into it, what have we learned?"

    Wednesday 15 April, 11am, IIID building.

    Please see THIS flyer for further information.

VLS Announcements No. 032