VLS Announcements 172 - 29 March 2018

Dear Colleagues,

University staff this week, have voted to endorse the Enterprise Agreement the University presented on 14 March. Of 865 employees who voted, 95% voted “Yes”. Your support for this simpler, modern new Agreement is welcomed and we now look forward to working together to secure a strong future for our University.

I wish you a happy Easter and hope you enjoy the well-deserved long weekend.

Kind regards,

Richard Harper
Acting Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Emma Thorp COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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  • New PhD students - message from Jaki Dyer

    The School of VLS welcomed new graduate research students to campus on Thursday 8th of March. The new cohort included students from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Italy, Pakistan, Vietnam and Australia.2018-03-08 15.37.43.jpg

  • Researchers urged to sign up for service

    Are you involved with research in the WA health system? Then be sure to sign up to the Research Governance Service (RGS). The RGS is a collaborative, one-stop information technology system for both researchers and research administrators.

    As a registered user you will be able to:
    • network
    • approve research projects
    • hear about research-related events, training and information
    • receive quarterly newsletters with research-related updates.

    As an RGS-registered researcher you will also be able to add your profile to the publicly-available Investigator Speciality List, enabling potential sponsors and collaborators to get in touch with you.

    You can also use the Project Search function to find other research projects in your area of expertise or track down particular researchers working at specific hospital sites.

    For more information or to join the other 2500 registered users, visit the RGS. If you are already an RGS user and need assistance email

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  • Does your pet have what it takes to become a Hero Blood Donor?

    Blood transfusions are a life-saving therapy for cats and dogs with specific conditions. The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University operates a fully stocked dog and cat blood bank program providing small animal veterinary patients with the best possible transfusion care.

    We are actively recruiting donors at this time and encourage pet owners to consider this community service.

    All potential cat and dog donors receive a comprehensive health screen prior to being accepted onto the program. The emphasis is on the health of the animal that donates and the health of the transfusion recipient. As part of the program, each donor must have an initial routine blood screen, which is then repeated yearly. This is essential for the safety of the donor and to ensure a safe product for the recipient. In addition, we screenour cat donors for infectious disease and perform an echocardiogram screening for early indicators of HCM prior to first donation, and at periodic times during their time with the Donor Program.

    What happens to my pet?

    Dogs – owners are encouraged to stay for the donation, it takes approximately 20 minutes, but we suggest allow 45 minutes for an appointment. Your dog will have a small blood sample collected initially so that we can confirm that they have the correct level of circulating red cells prior to donation. Once we have this information we have your dog lay on a table on their side. A small area of the neck is clipped of hair and is aseptically prepared. We place a needle into the jugular vein and blood will flow through into a collection bag. We collect a safe volume of blood from dogs that are greater than 25kg. This process takes approximately 8 minutes and during this time we stroke your dogs ears, chat to them and generally keep a calm and gentle presence. Owners are encouraged to participate as long as the dog is not too distracted by this. We finish off with a big bowl of food and water, always enjoyed!

    Cats – are dropped off to us and stay with us for the day. Cats require a short sedation for their collection. We clip a small area on a front leg and place an intravenous catheter into the vein. We then collect a small blood sample and run the same test we do for dogs, checking for correct levels of circulating red cells. We give your cat a very short acting sedation, just enough to have them lay on their side for about 5 minutes without moving. This is monitored closely by experienced emergency, critical care veterinary staff. We clip an area on their neck and prepare the skin aseptically. We place a needle into the jugular vein and collect a safe volume of blood from cats that are greater than 4kg. Cats are then given a replacement volume of fluids through the intravenous catheter that we have placed. Once awake and sitting up they enjoy a bowl of cat food. Cats are required to stay with us for half a day minimum before sending them home.

    Cats and dogs can donate blood every 8 – 12 weeks, we work on our donors donating 4 times per year. Blood donations are completed Monday to Friday, normal business hours. We make every effort to work on a timeframe that suits the owner and blood bank team. Once committed to the program, we do anticipate that donor families are in a position to come in for 45 minutes on a week day approximately every 12 weeks.

    All donors are rewarded for their donation at every visit.

    DOG - Requirements: o Between 2-8 years old o 25kg, or greater (lean body weight) o Healthy with a relaxed and calm temperament o Current on flea preventative, ideally on heartworm preventative. o Current vaccinations o Not on raw food diet

    CAT – Requirements:

    o Between 1 -8 years old o Ideally 5kg, or greater, we will accept 4kg if very suited to being a donor. o Healthy with a relaxed and calm temperament o Current on flea preventive o Current vaccinations o Ideally donor cats are indoor cats. However, we recognise that many cats are indoor/outdoor cats and we take this into consideration.

    Note: Our blood bank does not provide blood product for sale to other clinics, our bank services the veterinary hospitals critical patients. Our contact details: Michelle Rouffignac Blood Bank Coordinator Phone 1300 652 494 “Starve a vampire, donate blood.”

  • ARO Newsletters #12

    Attached is the ARO Newsletter for week beginning 26 March

  • New Industries WA Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest New Industries WA newsletter

  • Black Cockatoo Conservation Project update.

    Please see attached for the Black Cockatoo Conservation Project update.

  • 4WD Course

    4 Wheel Drive Training is being held in April, see the attached information for more details.

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  • Premiers Science Awards

    For information regarding the Premiers Sciences Awards see the flyer here

  • Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory

    Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory will be hosting training courses this year for Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry -
    Katherine Roussety
    Project Officer
    Separation Science and Metabolomics
    Murdoch University
    0404 091 030
    In office: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

  • Responding to challenging student behaviours' workshop for staff - Message from Sarah Veitch

    The workshop has a focus on socially and emotionally challenging, rather than academically challenging, student behaviours. These behaviours may be challenging for students, their peers, and/or tutors, and may relate to diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities or mental health issues. The workshop is hands-on and will introduce key support services and resources, provide interactive discussion through scenarios and role play, and introduce sometools for staff.

    The workshop is collaboratively facilitated by staff from CUTL, Counselling, Equity & Social Inclusion and Kulbardi. Any interested persons are welcome to attend.

    Date: Tuesday 27th March (week 5) Time: 9am to 1pm. Place: 513.1.005 (Learning Link) Enrol via TCMS.

  • New chicken meat scholarship to honour industry champion

    A new postgraduate scholarship has been launched in honour of former AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel Chair and Australian Chicken Meat Federation President, Gary Sansom, to uncover future chicken meat industry leaders and provide funding and support to make their mark on the industry.

    The Gary Sansom Postgraduate Scholarship is named in honour of Gary Sansom who passed away in March 2017. Mr Sansom was a long-standing supporter of programs encouraging new people in to the chicken meat industry and championed several communication and training initiatives vital to the industry.

    AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Research and Innovation, Michael Beer said the scholarship was a fitting initiative to celebrate Mr Sansom’s commitment and involvement in the chicken meat industry. “Enhancing the environmental management of meat chicken farms was one of Mr Sansom’s greatest achievements. Through grower communication he was able to drive strong biosecurity awareness and culture across the chicken farming sector,” said Mr Beer. “His ability to get people from a range of perspectives including growers, processors and governments talking to progress issues with a common purpose gained the respect of the entire industry.” Mr Sansom’s industry involvement started in the 1970s following a move to Brisbane, QLD where his family secured a contract to grow with Inghams. He recognised the opportunities chicken meat – a rapidly growing and dynamic industry – offered and became interested in contributing to the industry beyond his own front gate. Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc. Executive Director, Dr. Vivien Kite said the scholarship will support Mr Sansom’s vision for the industry – to ensure it is valued and respected by all sectors of the Australian community. “The Gary Sansom Postgraduate Scholarship will develop leadership in the research community that supports Gary’s vision,” said Dr Kite. “We are seeking a candidate who is a broad thinker, someone who wants to contribute to the Australian chicken meat industry and contribute long term, not just through the outcomes of their own research.” Worth $35,000, the prestigious Gary Sansom Postgraduate Scholarship will seek to identify high quality students, foster a career pathway in the chicken meat industry and support industry relevant research. The new scholarship is funded by the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program and supported by industry. Postgraduate students and industry professionals with an interest in, and commitment to, the chicken meat industry are encouraged to apply. Application form and terms and conditions are available on the AgriFutures Australia website. Applications close 11.59pm AEST Monday, 9 April 2018. Media enquiries: Samantha Munro, AgriFutures Australia, Manager Communications & Capacity Building | 02 6923 6916 | 0409 966 182

  • Research Data Science Winter School

    Are you an early- and mid-career researcher (EMCRS) looking to improve your data skills and become more effective at using data for your research?

    The Australian Academy of Science, in association with Software Carpentry, CODATA and RDA, would like to invite you to submit an expression of interest to participate in the Research Data Science Winter School at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, on 12-15 June 2018.

    The Research Data Science Winter School’s program is based on the successful International Summer school on Research Data Science. It features 2 days of hands-on sessions by Software Carpentry, followed by 2 days of tutorial based sessions on Research Data Management, Research Computational Infrastructure and key considerations when using data for your research.

    Who can apply?

    Application are open to EMCRs from different disciplines who already have experience collecting and analysing data, but are looking to take their data skills to the next level.

    The theme of the school will be Smart Cities and EMCRs whose research aligns with theme will likely find it most useful. This includes, but is not limited to, researchers working in the following areas: • urban informatics • social sciences • demographics • environmental sciences • health sciences • population health • open science We encourage applications from EMCRs working in and around the above-mentioned disciplines. We particularly encourage expressions of interests from EMCRs who meet any of the following: • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander • are based in regional areas • works outside the university sector. Find out more about this opportunity and the eligibility criteria. Please submit your expression of interest before Sunday 8 April. If you require any further information about this opportunity please contact us at 02 6201 9488 or via email The Research Data Science Winter School is part of the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia).

  • Hacky hour Murdoch

    Do you use coding and computing in your research? Want to improve your coding research skills? Whether you are a complete novice or coding guru, Hacky Hour may be for you.

    Hacky hour at Murdoch is an informal weekly gathering for those who use coding in their research. Come along to get help with a coding problem you have (or help solve somebody else’s). Bring along a coffee or tea, your laptop, and discuss software tools that can improve our research.

    Details of the first Hacky Hour at Murdoch are: When: 10–11am, Tuesday 27th March 2018 Where: Launchpad, Geoffrey Bolton Library, Murdoch University

    There is no need to RSVP. Just come along!

    For details of future Hacky Hour at Murdoch events, either follow @HackyH_Murdoch on Twitter or sign up for e-mail updates by contacting with subject “Join Hacky Hour”.

  • Call for Posters Royal Society WA Symposium 2018 with 10 Best Poster Awards, $1000 each, for Postgrads and ECR

    You are invited to compete for a $1,000 Postgraduate Student/ Early Career Science Researcher Award, as part of the Symposium for 27-28 July 2018, entitled "Landscapes, Seascapes & Biota: Unique WA - Past, Present & Future" being organised at The University Club, UWA, by The Royal Society of Western Australia (see See the Flyerhereand the submission

  • VESA volunteers

    Our volunteers will be involved in a variety of infrastructure projects for sanitation, fresh water and food security. They will also assist in the education of the local children in simple English language skills and basic hygiene through games and through core material. Wildlife sanctuaries and refuges receive vital support through the work of our volunteers.

    This is an incredible opportunity for students to travel this summer; to experience vibrant cultures and give something back to communities that urgently require assistance, to educate and to be educated in a challenging environment.

    We are aware that we are not able to reach all the students whom may be interested in this opportunity and would greatly appreciate if you were able to cut and paste and forward the below email on to your student body. This contains information on our volunteer programs and our meeting times and places.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me and we can discuss it further.

    Furthermore you can find more information on the VESA programs at