Clinical Engineering Development Workshop

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 November 2019

Engineers Australia’s Biomedical College is committed to maximising opportunities for development of practitioners within the discipline. To that end, a Development Workshop will be held on the weekend prior to the ABEC 2019 Conference (being held in Melbourne from 17th – 20th November 2019). This Workshop continues an annual series, focusing on Clinical Engineering under the auspices of the College’s National Committee on Clinical Engineering (NCCE).

The workshop is intended for emerging or developing Biomedical Engineering practitioners at all levels of academic qualification. It aims to provide the forum and opportunity for these individuals to extend both themselves and their Clinical Engineering knowledge, to mentor with experienced individuals, and to establish or enhance networking opportunities amongst their peers.

*Interested participants will be required to nominate themselves and await acceptance – please see details of the process below.*

Workshop Location & Times

Venue:  To be determined (but close for Melbourne University) 

  • Friday 15 November – 7:30PM – Welcome Dinner and introductions
  • Saturday 16 November – 9:00am – 5:00pm, followed by Dinner from 6:30pm
  • Sunday 17 November – 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sunday 17 November afternoon – ABEC Conference Registration

Note: Times are approximate at this stage and may change. A detailed program will be provided to participants closer to the workshop dates.

Participants should plan to arrive in Melbourne by late afternoon on Friday 15th November, in time for the Welcome Dinner and introductions planned for 7.30pm.

Accommodation & Meals:
Accommodation will be provided for interstate and non-Melbourne residents, for the Friday and Saturday nights only, at a nearby hotel. Catering will be provided for the duration of the Workshop. A dinner will also be held on the Saturday night at a location TBD.

Costs: The NCCE will cover the cost of accommodation on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November and all meals for the duration of the Workshop.
Travel costs, any extra accommodation costs, and attendance at ABEC 2019 Conference are the responsibility of the participant or their sponsoring organisation.

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Participants

Criteria:
It is expected that individuals attending the workshop will currently be practicing within the field of Clinical Engineering. They should be committed to it as a career but at the same time may be at a relatively early stage in their professional development within it. Participants are expected to provide significant input in terms of preparation and presentation and hence must be sufficiently motivated to participate successfully.

It is not an instructional forum. A maximum of ten participants will be involved, along with four practitioners of standing within the discipline. The role of the latter will be to provide appropriate moderating input, and stimulate discussion on the presentations by the participants.

Selection:
Each Divisional Branch of the Biomedical College shall seek nominations for participation in the broadest possible manner. Nominations are to be addressed to the Chair of the National Committee on Clinical Engineering (NPCE) for consideration.

A registration form accompanied by a brief résumé of each nominee is to be submitted along with a statement of support from their employing organisation and any other supporting information that is deemed appropriate. The nominee must also list their first three preferences of topics to address from the Topic Listing supplied, or may suggest a topic of their own with relevance to clinical engineering.

Presentations:
Participants will be advised of their acceptance into the program, and which of their topic preferences has been assigned to them. This topic is to be researched as appropriate and a 20-minute presentation prepared for delivery to the group. This topic, on the basis of the material presented, will then become the subject of an open forum discussion, during which time other attendees will be encouraged to share their thoughts, knowledge and experience for the benefit of all in an informal, open and non-judgmental manner. The final result, depending on the topic, may be a consensus conclusion or even a recommendation but at the very least both a broader and deeper understanding of the topic in hand.

A copy of the presentation must be forwarded to the Panel Secretary at least seven (7) business days prior to the commencement of the workshop to enable printing of presentation notes for distribution to delegates and mentors at the workshop. Deadline: Friday 1st November 2019 by COB. 

Prizes:
A number of prizes will be available. Attendees will be judged on depth of research and understanding of their chosen topic, value and content of their presentations, adherence to timing, and their abilities to lead a subsequent discussion on their topic.

Enquiries & Applications:

Nominations and enquiries should be made to the Workshop Convenor, Michael Flood by email to [email protected], or phone (02) 6112 8325 or 040 1147 605. 

Further details of the Biomedical College and the National Committee on Clinical Engineering can be found on the Engineers Australia website (www.engineersaustralia.org.au)

Nominations can be made by completing the Nomination Form and emailing it to Michael Flood at [email protected]. To assist in planning, Nominations forms are to be completed as soon as possible. 

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