VLS Announcements 129 - 17 March 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I will be on leave for the next 5 weeks.  Phil Nicholls will be Acting Dean during this time.

It has been another good week for the School. Professor Richard Harper has been appointed Vice President of the Australian Council of Agricultural Deans, and will become President next year. Congratulations also to Ian Mullaney who featured on Channels 9 and 10 discussing the science of blood alcohol. Media appearances such as this boost the profile of the School and University and informs the public about our translational research that is making an impact in the world. The Centre for Fish and Fisheries’ research on dams was discussed in an article on the Scientific American this week. Nicole Phillips, Jennifer Chaplin and David Morgan also had a paper published on Pristis sawfish's population structures and patterns of habitat use. It is great to see our research getting international interest.

The VLS Staff Awards are open for nomination until the end of next week, more information in the "Staff News and Events" section.

Open Day planning is underway. Open Day will be held on the 30th July 9am till 3pm. If you would like to host a hotspot activity at Open Day please email Mhairi Finlayson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

Kind regards,

David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Mhairi Finlayson COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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  • Australasian Hydrographic Society Education Awards 2017

    The Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) is pleased to announce that applications are now being received for the Society’s 2017 Education Award.

    The details of the award are attached, and further information about the Award can be found at the AHS website:

    The award is provided to a student whose study, in the opinion of the Award Panel, best promotes hydrography and related sciences, best recognises the efforts of a student involved in the study of hydrography and related sciences and promotes visibility of hydrography and related sciences.

    Please see the attached letter and flyer.

  • Human Research Ethics Committee – ‘Fast tracking low risk human ethics applications for Honours and Masters Students’

    The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is trialling a new process this year for those schools who do not already have a dedicated low risk sub-committee. This process seeks to expedite a larger proportion of ethics applications.

    The committee have been concerned at the time taken to approve some low risk applications and student projects. It is recognised that students are often under tight time pressures and need to maximise the time available to conduct their research.

    The HREC website outlines the key dates for 2017 - There are two tables on this site – the standard committee meetings and an additional set of low risk meetings. The additional meetings will:

    • Provide fortnightly sub-committee meetings to review low risk applications. Specific agenda close dates are listed on the web site.
    • Ensure timely processing of amendments and responses to conditions. in addition
    • there will be a special meeting on 1 May dedicated explicitly to reviewing applications for Honours and Masters student projects. The agenda deadline for this special meeting is 20 April.

    It will be useful for us to receive feedback as we progress, so that we understand whether this approach meets the anticipated needs.

  • Space Utilisation Survey, South St - March 27 to April 7 - message from Jacqui Ing, Manager, Resource Scheduling

    In accordance with the Space Management Policy, we will conduct a space utilisation survey in South St teaching venues from March 27-April 7.

    During this time student casuals will be asked to enter teaching venues once every hour to count the number of people in the room, from 8:30 to 5:30.

    This data will provide insight into the way in which spaces are actually used, and inform future planning.

    Once collected and analysed, the space utilisation data will be distributed to School Deans and School Managers.

    The survey will cover general teaching rooms and many teaching laboratories.

    Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any concerns regarding students entering a space during class time so that we can discuss appropriate protocols or adjust the room list where necessary.

    We will not survey a room during a supplementary exam, but Schools will need to alert us if they have scheduled a test within normal class times in this period, as these will not be visible to the survey planning team.

    If you have any queries or concerns about the space utilisation survey please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Funding Industry Partnerships - Workshops 27th to 31st March

    Through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the government has focused on industrial (in its broadest research discipline context) research funding to further increase innovation in the country.

    This has meant major changes to some programs such as the ARC Linkage Projects scheme, and the introduction of new funding programs in areas supported by the Department of Industry. Attached is an overview on the range of schemes and opportunities available.

    The Research and Innovation Office is holding a series of workshops during the week March 27th to 31st 2017 to provide information that will assist Murdoch staff (and partners) to be competitive in these new research programs.

    Professor Alan Johnson AM, a previous member of the ARC College of Experts and previous ARC Executive Director will be facilitating the workshops. Professor Giles Hardy, a previous College of Experts member and highly successful Linkage Projects applicant will be participating in the workshop on ARC Linkage Projects.

    Four themed workshops will be held, with duplicate sessions on offer, during 27th and 31st March:

    1. ARC Linkage Projects
    2. ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP)
    3. Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) and Projects
    4. National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) & Opportunities

    Please register below –


    First offer

    Second Offer

    Third Offer

    ARC Linkage

    27th March 2017

    08:00 to 10:30

    McCusker Conference Room


    29th March 2017

    14:00 to 16:30



    31st March 2017

    08:00 to 10:30

    McCusker Conference Room



    28th March 2017

    08:00 to 09:30

    McCusker Conference Room


    29th March 2017

    11:30 to 13:00




    CRC and Projects

    28th March 2017

    10:00 to 11:30

    McCusker Conference Room


    30th March 2017

    15:00 to 16:30

    McCusker Conference Room



    NISA and Opportunities

    28th March 2017

    15:00 to 16:30

    ECL 1.031


    31st March 2017

    15:00 to 16:30

    McCusker Conference Room



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  • Safety & Health Representative required

    Nominations are invited for a workplace safety and health representative in Conservation and Environmental Science. To nominate, fill out part one of the form (here) and forward it to Philip Good ( by 24th March 2017.

  • Welcome to new anaesthetist Leon Warne

    The anaesthesia section would like to Introduce Leon Warne, our new lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia, who joined our team on the 13th March.

    Leon originally graduated from Murdoch University in 2009. Following graduation he undertook an internship in anaesthesia, emergency and critical care medicine. Leon joined the anaesthesia section at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital in 2010 where he completed a three year specialty training program in anaesthesia and pain management as well as a clinical Master degree in Anaesthesia. In 2015 he completed an externship in paediatric anaesthesia and trauma management at The Austin and Royal Melbourne Hospitals. Leon is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists anaesthesia chapter.

    Leon’s research focuses on pain-management, and he is completing a PhD in Perioperative Assessment and Management of Pain in Cats.

    His clinical interests are intravenous fluid therapy, pain management, and strategies for improving outcomes in field anaesthesia of wildlife.

    Leon is excited to be returning to Murdoch and along with his wife and two kids is keen to start making the most of the west coast lifestyle!

    Please make him feel welcome.

  • URGENT REMINDER Chemical users and laboratories for action - message from Brodey Anderson, Occupational Health and Safety

    As you are aware the safety department in conjunction with the chemical & hazardous substance committee are continuing to move towards the closure of the chemical audit & amnesty date of 31 March 2017.

    A critical component is that all of you undertake the computer based training for Chemwatch in order to manage your chemicals within the laboratory, workshop & stores moving forward. The computer based training modules required to be completed are as per below -

    Upon completion of the modules, if you can please continue to send your completed certificates to - 

    As you are a laboratory owner or user in order to register your completed manifests into Chemwatch, you must complete the above training. If for any reason you do not have a log in username/password then please contact Brodey Anderson (OSH).

  • Accommodation Wanted for visiting academic family.

    The College is hosting husband and wife academics who will be working in The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University, and their 11 year old son, from June until December. They are looking for a small house or two bedroom flat to rent or look after for this time, preferably close to Murdoch. If you know of anywhere suitable please contact Peter Irwin on

  • Conflict of Interest Declaration for action

    An Annual Conflict of Interest Declaration is to be completed by all staff members. This declaration can be completed at the Conflict of Interest page. It would be appreciated if staff members could complete the declaration by 31 March 2017. In addition, you should refer to the University’s Conflict of Interest policy. This policy was approved by Senate and will assist you in understanding your obligations in relation to disclosure of potential, perceived or actual conflicts of interest. More information is available at

  • 2016 VLS Staff awards - call for nominations (nominations close Friday 24 March 2017)

    The VLS School Executive would like to call for nominations for the 2016 VLS Staff Awards in the following categories:

    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Learning and Teaching Award - Innovation
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Staff Member
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Team
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by an Academic Staff Member
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for research that has had significant and lasting translational impact and uptake for industry, society or environment
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for interdisciplinary research
    Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for innovative research by an Early Career Academic

    The prize for each of these awards will be a voucher of the winners choosing to the value of $500.00.

    To lodge a nomination please use the attached form and please ensure that you re-name each form submitted as follows ‘SURNAME, Given name_2016 VLS Staff Awards nomination form.

    Completed forms can be sent to Sarah Gillett at

    Nominations close on Friday, 24 March 2017 and winners will be decided by the VLS Executive and Cluster Leaders at their joint meeting on the 31st March 2017.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #8- 13 March

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for week beginning 13 March.

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony 2017 - DATE CHANGE

    The date of the VLS Awards Ceremony 2017 has changed to the 9th May from 6pm. Please note: there is a formal University RSVP process for this event and information will be available approximately 6 weeks prior to the event via the Main University Staff Announcements: as well as in the VLS Staff Announcements 

    So if you would like to attend, please ensure that you monitor both sets of announcements to see further information on how and when to RSVP.

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

  • GRDC Stakeholders Briefing Perth 21st March

    The GRDC is holding a briefing session on the 21st March at 9.30am - 1pm (registration below) to give an overview of their transition towards a more responsive continuous investment cycle and their new online tool called the Grains Investment Portal. Going forward, tenders for new investments and ongoing management of contracts, including milestone reporting, variations and approval of payments will be undertaken through the portal. Registrations at

  • Overseas Travel Safety & Security Presentation for all staff - message from Daniel Byles, Manager University Resilience

    With the help of OCU, I am running a presentation on Overseas Travel Safety & Security from 1230 – 130pm on Wednesday 29th March for any interested staff.

    The session will cover:

    • Planning your trip
    • Being safe while travelling
    • What to do in a travel emergency
    • Murdoch travel incident management protocols
    • The PROACT Travel Advisory & Assistance Service
    • Handy Travel Resources – namely the Murdoch University Safe & Successful Travel Page

    The session is aimed mostly at staff who travel overseas for University purposes, however it will also provide some useful tips for anyone who travels overseas for any reason. I am confident that the most seasoned traveller will get something worthwhile out of the talk.

    Anyone can enrol for the session via the TCMS link below:

  • Crimes, Critters and Clues - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Dr Paola Magni
    Date: Monday 20th March
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

  • Solving whale mysteries using tags and drones - FREE Public Lecture

    Presenter: Professor Lars Bejder
    Date: Monday 27th March
    Time: 6pm - 7pm
    RSVP: here

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