VLS Announcements 79 - 18 March 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Murdoch celebrates Earth Hour today between 12 and 1pm, I hope you will all take this opportunity to take a break by switching off lights and computers and spending some time out of your offices.

Kind regards

David Hampson

Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Emma Thorp  by COB each Tuesday for publication on Friday.

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  • Security, Safety & Wellbeing Guidelinesfor action

    Over the next few weeks a copy of the Security, Safety & Wellbeing Guidelines created by Internal Audit and Risk Management will be placed on every desk. Could you please ensure this remains by each phone and referred to in case of an emergency.

  • Census date for publications etc on IRMA - 31st March 2016for action

    The Census date for reporting publications etc for 2015 and adding them to IRMA is 31st March 2016. Please would you ensure that all your publications are up to date, as these publications will be used for reporting University metrics to Canberra, which in turn influence how much money the University gets from Canberra. They are also used for annual performance reviews of your productivity. Please contact if you need assistance in adding your publications to IRMA.

  • Learning and Teaching Lunchtime Forum

    The Forum will be on: Closing the Loop Between Policy and Practice in Learning and Teaching, and held on Thursday 24th March, 12:00 - 1:30pm in ECL 2.031.

    The Policy Forum will bring together academic and professional staff from the Higher Education sector to discuss how policy relates to practice. The event will bring together speakers including: Prof Arshad Omari (Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Edith Cowan University), Carolyn McInnis (Academic Registrar, Murdoch University), John Pike (Executive Officer for Policy, Planning and Government Relations).
    Panel discussion will involve: Professor Benjamin Reilly (Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs) and Dr Janice Dudley (Associate Dean (Accreditation) School of Management and Governance, Murdoch University). The event will be chaired by Professor Sara de Freitas (Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching).

    The event will ask: how does government policy relate to learning and teaching practices and consider the impact of policy upon quality and student engagement. All are welcome, do circulate to any interested staff and postgraduate students.

    More details of the forum are available at:

    To register for the forum, please go to TCMS at

  • Study carried out by the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit is delivering world-first results.

    After nine years of research by Murdoch University's Cetacean Research Unit based at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, two papers have been published in top journals this year.

    For further information, please see the article 

  • New Colombo Plan presentation/meeting - follow up - message from Jeannette Geesmann

    Following up on our meetings, discussions and presentations about the New Colombo Plan, I would like to offer my help again in getting short-term programs within your School up and running. Considering the application opens on 4th April, I’m happy to assist at this crucial time to help you with any questions or doubts you might still have. If you already have started working on a proposal, I’m very happy to have a look at it so please feel free to send your thoughts and ideas.

    There has been really good interest and I am excited to see your proposals. I have attached our checklist which can help you creating your short-term program. Applications for the New Colombo Plan open on 4th April and will close on Friday 13th May. I will circulate the application documents in due course.

    I would like to share the selection criteria from last year with you, they should not change much for next year:

    Support increased student mobility that lifts knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia (200 words; 40 per cent weighting).
    * Applicants should describe how the proposed Mobility Project will support increased student mobility that lifts knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region and Host Location among Students. Responses should include examples of how this will occur, for example through cultural training, engagement with local social and cultural institutions or direct engagement with local community, business or academic networks.

    Support for new and/or strengthened partnerships (150 words; 30 per cent weighting).
    * Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed Mobility Project establishes or strengthens people-to-people and institutional relationships with the region, through the engagement of Students, universities, businesses and other stakeholders and how the relationships provide a strategic opportunity for enhanced engagement. Responses should also give consideration to the sustainability of partnership(s).

    Promote the New Colombo Plan, study and Internships in the Indo-Pacific region (100 words; 10 per cent weighting) (100 words; 10 per cent weighting).
    * Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed Mobility Project will promote the New Colombo Plan and its objectives, for example through:
    - recognition of New Colombo Plan funding and Student participation
    - building awareness and demand for mobility experiences in the region among students
    - New Colombo Plan and Mobility Project promotion, advertising and media engagement.

    If you’re still unsure what you would like to set up, I do suggest you look at our Singapore Centre for Research in Innovation, Productivity and Technology (SCRIPT) as an option as well. They could host some visiting research students for a short-term program. Christopher Vas, Director of SCRIPT, has already expressed his interest. We also work with some very experienced third-party providers that can assist you in setting up your program. That will also take some of the workload off you. Please contact me if you’re interested in this.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. We’re excited to be receiving at least 2 submissions from each School before the deadline of 13th May. Please feel also free to circulate this information to other colleagues.

  • Quantifying Nicotine Levels in Necrophagous Insects Using GC–MS

    Researcher Dr Paola Magni has published a paper regarding Quantifying Nicotine Levels in Necrophagous Insects, for further information see here.

  • 2016 Australian Higher Education Summit: WA Subsidy Available

    The 2016 Australian Higher Education Summit will provide attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to examine the management structures, partnerships and value chains within the tertiary sector that are paramount for personal, commercial and operational success.

    Through a series of development sessions, participants will gather key insights from world-renowned industry experts on the critical issues, functions and services of the higher education sector.

    WA Subsidy: 30 seats only
    A special subsidy is available for WA employees, with 30 seats available at just $450 (80% off the standard price). Purchase via the registration form or the event website (simply enter code 16HESSSR when booking online).

    Summit Summary

    - Taking place in Melbourne on 14th/15th July
    - Exploring best-practice strategies for personal, commercial and organisational success
    - Plenary sessions and three concurrent streams: Leadership, Technology and Research
    - Event part of the National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI)
    - Featuring an exceptional line-up of international and national speakers.

    Summit Topics
    Content and discussion topics for the summit have been engineered around the key issues and challenges that are most prevalent for tertiary sector institutions.

    NEELI’s unique awareness of the complex operational and commercial challenges within the higher education sector were combined with a dedicated survey where industry employees provided vital insights as to what were the most integral issues to personal and organisational success. Topics will include:

    - Technology use: successful road maps
    - Leadership standards and structures
    - Staffing, resources, employee engagement
    - Staff performance management and training
    - Information resources and management
    - Post-study support/communities
    - Value chain assessment: aid programs
    - Higher education internal/external communications
    - Research: best practice approaches
    - Partnerships
    - Higher education financing/business modelling
    - Student engagement/stakeholder management
    - Quality vs quantity
    - Student assessment categorisation strategies
    - Higher education change management.

    The event is being organised for NEELI by the Australian School of Applied Management, one of the most respected and prolific providers of leadership education and conferences.

    Register online (simply enter code 16HESSSR)

    Event website

    Event brochure and registration form

    Sponsorships, advertising, branding and partnerships for the summit are also available. For more information, contact Nicholas Damilatis  on (03) 9270 9020 for detailed advice on bespoke and exclusive opportunities.

  • Pet first aid saving lives

    Murdoch University Veterinary Hospitalvets are advising pet owners to learn how to administer cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation (CPCR) to their pets. Dr Jill Griffiths of Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital (MUVH) says emergency treatment is more often needed over the summer months with snakebites and severe allergic reactions requiring immediate attention from owners.

    “If your animal does have a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction or is struggling to breathe after being bitten by a snake, being able to perform CPCR on the way to the vet can be life-saving,” she said.

    MUVH has recently introduced a general first aid course for pets which will teach owners life-saving techniques. The next courses will take place at MUVH on Wednesday, February 17, 6pm-10pm and Saturday, April 9, 9am to 1pm.

    “One owner recently contacted me after a pet emergency to say the bandaging techniques learnt at our first aid course allowed him to get his dog to the nearest vet alive. I was absolutely delighted to hear this,” said Dr Griffiths.

    Included in the MUVH pet first aid course is a practical session, including how to recognise what is normal and what’s not, how to place an effective bandage, and a CPCR practice session.

    “We identified that people were not comfortable giving first aid to their pets, but simple techniques like breathing for your pet and providing effective chest compressions are vital,” continued Dr Griffiths.

    “The course has been designed to give practical, simple tips that can be easily applied when things aren’t going well, and to give you the best chance of saving the life of your pet.”

    One of the most common reasons for CPCR to be needed in an animal is an anaphylactic reaction. These are severe and life-threatening allergic reactions, and often need a hospital stay in intensive care.

    “Allergic reactions are very common in Perth. Most dogs and cats that we see with acute allergic reactions have been bitten or stung by a bee, ant or wasp,” Dr Griffiths added.

    “These reactions range from mild, with facial swelling or lumps over the body, right through to very severe anaphylactic reactions which can cause death if left untreated.

    “Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can get worse with subsequent exposures, so any allergic reaction should be taken seriously.”

    If your pet has two or more mild reactions or one severe reaction, allergy testing and desensitisation are recommended. Please talk to your vet about whether this is indicated for your pet.

    There are still places available on the pet first aid courses in February and April, at a cost of $95.

    To register your interest and for all enquiries including payment, email Anna Sellings on or call 9360 7824.

    MUVH is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and staff are always available should you have any concerns about your pet. MUVH can be contacted on 1300 652 494

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  • Room to rent ?

    A new academic (veterinary anaesthetist) and her partner are arriving in July to start work here. They will just need somewhere to rent for a few months until they can find a place of their own. If you have a room or know of somewhere please contact Peter Irwin or Anthea Raisis.

  • Vet Courtyardfor action

    The Property, Development and Commercial Services Office has asked that the School send a request to all staff and students using the Vet Courtyard to ensure the bean bag chairs are put back under cover in the evening. They are getting soaked from the lawn reticulation and will get damaged in time from this (as well as preventing the grass under them from being watered). Should you notice or hear of any damaged chairs or find some located in strange places (i.e., not the Vet Courtyard!) please notify and they will arrange collection. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

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  • Invited for Conference Participation and Journal Publication - Pak Publishing Group

    We would like to invite researchers submit their research abstracts, papers and e-posters for journal publication and conference particpantions. Also, high quality research papers describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of research are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. The conference asks contributions of abstracts, papers and e-posters that address themes and topics of the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research material.

    Conference Proceedings
    All submitted conference papers will be blind peer reviewed by two competent reviewers. The abstract of conference proceedings will be abstracted and indexed in the DOI, Crossref, Google Scholar, Pak Academic Search, and Microsoft Academic Search. The conference abstracts book, conference bag and certificate of presentation will be distributed to the conference participants at during the conference.

    Special Journal Issues

    The selected full text papers will also be considered for the special journal issues in the coneference associated journals. All submitted papers will have opportunities for consideration for this Special Journal Issue. The paper selection will be carried out during the peer review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must not be under consideration by any other journal or publication. The final decision for paper selection will be made based on peer review reports by the Guest Editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly. Selected full text papers will be online published as free of charge in Pak Publishing Group journals.

    Recruitment for Reviewers

    Pak Publish Group (PPG) publishes academic journals are covering the Social Sciences; Medical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Agricultural Sciences; Physical Sciences; Engineering; Arts and Education and Legal Studies. The PPG welcomes you to join us OUR reviewers’ team. Your contribution in the peer-review process is completely vital for the success and reputation of the journal. The reviewers and editors are determined the quality and significance of submitted manuscript. The reviewers’ names will be listed in the printed journal and on the journal’s webpage. More Information -

  • AECURN presents: Prof. Petra Tschakert - MAKING RESEARCH HAPPEN - 8 April, 4pm


    Topics covered: - Forming a research team - Securing funding - Creating space and time for collaborations - Making a difference! 8 APRIL 4:00 PM Webb Lecture Theatre, Geography/Geology Building 225 University of Western Australia (Networking drinks to follow)

    To RSVP and for further information contact: Mariana Atkins Karen Paiva Henrique This event is co-sponsored by DEEtalks, School of Earth and Environment, UWA Professor Petra Tschakert is a leading academic on climate change adaptation research. Her work engages multiple actors, from international agencies to local communities, in finding innovative ways to approach the complex challenges posed by climate change. Prof. Tschakert is the Centenary Professor of Rural Development in the School of Earth and Environment and School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, at UWA. She was Coordinating Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2014). AECURN is a network of Early Career and PhD urban researchers. It offers a forum for networking and sharing academic expertise and resources, organizing training workshops, seminars, guest lectures, and facilitating cross university collaboration within WA, Australia, and internationally. We are constantly looking for new members to enrich our network! Sign up to receive updates on events, workshops, conferences and publishing opportunities: