Discount offer to BioMedVic Member Organisations 

STEM Matters are strategists, communicators, journalists and editors who specialise in engaging people with complex topics and ideas. They are offering BioMedVic Member Organisations a discount on their ‘Define Your Advantage Workshop & Recommendations’.

Through this half-day workshop, STEM Matters will help participants articulate what matters to their audiences and why working with them is compelling in a language that focuses on their needs. STEM Matters’ team data handling approach achieves consensus on audience-specific messaging across key executives, researchers and/or board. The messaging recommendations are informed by the participant’s strategic objectives so that STEM Matters can shape the messaging and review opportunities for unique communication around them. Participants will also benefit from STEM Matters’ combination of STEM, media, political, and academic sector expertise in polishing the messaging to deliver optimum traction.

For more information, email kylie.ahern@stemmatters.com.au or aj@stemmatters.com.au. Visit their website here: www.stemmatters.global

The 2019 BioMedVic Communicators Forum gathers 70 professionals to debate ‘Change’

On May 30th the fourth annual BioMedVic Communicators Forum took place in the RMIT Storey Hall. The event attracted about 70 communication professionals to network and discuss the role and impact of change in the medical and health sectors. The concept of “Change” acted as the leitmotiv of the event and unified the individual sessions.

The program design was influenced by feedback received from attendees at last year’s Forum who gave suggestions about speakers, case studies, and professional development topics.

The Forum started with a warm welcome note by Núria Saladié (BioMedVic), who set the tone by reflecting on the role of science communication and its responsibilities. In his keynote address, award-winning science journalist Jason Gale (Bloomberg News) shared some inspiring stories about how shining a light on global health issues can be a catalyst for change. No matter whether it was writing about the lack of toilets perpetuating disease cycles, or the unregulated use of antibiotics in chicken and pig farming underlying the spread of multi-resistant pathogenic bacteria, Jason clearly articulated how science and health communicators can drive positive change and shape new policies.

An expert panel comprising Tony Abbenante (DHHS), Megan Prictor (Melbourne Law School) and John Carlin (MCRI) tackled the opportunities and challenges of the ‘big data’ revolution and explored the relevance of e-health information and how it should be communicated.

In the case study session, we heard how Lauren Love implemented the social media tool ‘Workplace’ at Ambulance Victoria with great success. Imogen Crump (The University of Melbourne), spoke about how platforms like ‘Pursuit’ fill a gap in the media landscape of the specialist science journalist. And Rachel Mitisano (APR.Intern) unpacked the value of using multiple media channels when implementing a marketing strategy.

Through role-playing with actors and lots of laughter, Leadership Victoria confronted attendees with sector-relevant workplace scenarios during the “Courageous conversations” training session. It proved a great opportunity to discuss how commonly-encountered challenges in the science communication sector can be approached and managed practically for positive outcomes.

The Communicators Forum is an annual event supported by BioMedVic and organised by and for communications professionals working in health and biomedical organisations. The buzz at the Closing Networking reception confirmed that this year’s Forum had once again “hit the mark” to foster collaborations and forge a sense of community between the communication specialists from organisations across Victoria.

See the program of the event here.

Photo gallery of the event:

BioMedVic Communicators Forum: “Communicating for Change”

A professional development forum designed by and for communication professionals working in Victoria’s scientific, medical and health sectors.

Thursday 30 May, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

Communicating for change

Communication is rapidly changing, from tools and channels to language and delivery. The scientific biomedical research and health sectors are also changing with the introduction of new technologies and the resulting discoveries and innovations, changing healthcare, research and society. How we communicate these changes – messaging, influencing and connecting- also impacts how these changes are perceived and received. Where do communication professionals in health and biomedical research sit in this era of change?

Join your colleagues and peers in scientific, medical and health communications portfolios from across Victoria to share ideas, knowledge and experiences in BioMedVic’s fourth annual forum.

This event is relevant to directors, department heads, managers, advisors and officers working in media, communications, public affairs, marketing and event management roles.

Keynote speaker:

  • Jason Gale, Senior editor at Bloomberg News
    Award-winning journalist, Jason Gale is a senior editor here in Melbourne with the international news organisation Bloomberg News, where he’s worked for 19 years. He edits mostly feature articles, and occasionally gets to report stories about medical science or global health. Jason has been a speaker and panelist at international medical, scientific and veterinary meetings. In 2007, he was asked by the World Health Organization to be one of three members of the media to advise public health officials globally on communications related to pandemic influenza. Last year, he completed a Master of Health Security from the University of Sydney.

Date:
Thursday 30 May 2019

Time:
8:30 – 9:00 am | Registration
9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Program
4:00 – 5:00 pm | Networking & Drinks

Venue:
RMIT Storey Hall, 336-348 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC

Cost:
$275 incl. GST for BioMedVic members. $330 incl. GST non-members (please note that tickets are limited)

Contact:
For queries please email nuria.saladie@biomedvic.org.au

Registrations now open!

Please be advised that photographs may be taken at this event for use on the BioMedVic website and in communications material. Please email events@biomedvic.org.au no later than 24 hours before the event if you wish your images to be excluded from such use.

BioMedVic gratefully acknowledges RMIT University as the Event Venue Sponsor.

Eureka Prizes – Applications Open

Established in 1990, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes have rewarded outstanding achievement in Australian science and science communication for almost 30 years. These prestigious prizes are presented annually and recognise excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science (see the full list of entry categories).

Entries are now open and close 4 May 2018.

Prize winners will be announced at the 2018 Award Dinner, aka the “Oscars of Australian science”, on 29 August.

See further information here.

BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum – Save the Date!

Communications professionals – make sure to put this event in your diary!

Join us at the 2018 BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum, a professional development forum designed specifically by and for communications professionals working in Victoria’s health and medical research sector. Hear from key opinion leaders and communications experts from health and medical research organisations across Victoria, as they share their stories, experiences and insights on how best to value, recognise and measure the success of communication in our sector.

Tuesday 24 April, 9am-5pm @ RMIT University Storey Hall

Stay tuned – details coming soon!

 

BioMedVic gratefully acknowledges the Event Venue Sponsor:

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New Frontier for Parkinson’s

UROP @ The Bionics Institute | Aharon Golod

“Not very often do you wake up, knowing you have to go to work and feel excited,” said Aharon Golod. Every day the budding researcher gets to work with cutting-edge technology at the Bionics Institute as part of his UROP placement.

This technology, called deep brain stimulation, while being developed specifically for people with drug-resistant symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, has the potential to treat other neurological disorders, like clinical depression and Tourette’s syndrome. Continue reading

Healing Wounds for Diabetic Patients

UROP @ ARMI | Natasha Qazi

Apple with a bandaid
Wounded Apple

Having an open wound which doesn’t heal for years is the reality for many people, often diabetics, living with chronic ulcers and slow-healing wounds. Patients need treatment over several years, which makes it extremely expensive, both for the healthcare system and the patients who are continually going in and out of hospital.

Twelve Australians develop diabetes every hour. While the annual healthcare cost for a diabetic person without associated complications can be up to $4,000, complications, such as slow-healing wounds, can increase the cost to $16,000. Continue reading

Training Science Communicators and Future STEMM Stars

BioMedVic is investing in the next generation of science communicators by hosting three Masters student interns from the University of Melbourne. The students, who are undertaking a unit in science communication, have been teamed up with scholars of the BioMedVic Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) working at the Bionics Institute and at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI). Continue reading

Researchers Now in Residence

BioMedVic is excited to announce that we have three new placements, Dr Michelle Hall (The University of Melbourne), Dr Joanne Enticott (Monash University/Monash Health) and Dr Despina Ganella (The Florey), to participate in BioMedVic’s flagship Policy Skills development program, ‘Researcher In Residence’ (RiR).

The RiR program provides an opportunity for researchers from BioMedVic member organisations to be placed part-time in the Victorian office of state and federal parliamentarians and government departments.

Group

• Dr Michelle Hall, from the Centre of Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne, has been in Canberra for the past two weeks with Senator Kim Carr, Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research;
• Dr Joanne Enticott, from Southern Synergy, Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences Monash Health and Monash University, has taken up her placement in the Office of Health and Medical Research within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services; and
• Dr Despina Ganella, from The Florey will take up her placement with Adam Bandt MP, Member for Melbourne, Victoria in the Australian Parliament.
BioMedVic CEO, Prof Jan Tennent said, “the RiR program is a 2-way opportunity – for researchers its a chance to understand how policies and priorities are determined within the parliamentary process, while for parliamentarians its an opportunity to engage with research experts on key issues of the day. It’s about both sides of the conversation being better informed and starting to speak the same language.” BioMedVic is proud to be advancing its advocacy on behalf of members through the RiR program

 

Nature Index Melbourne Collaboration Map

We warmly invite you to explore the key connections that are at the heart of Melbourne’s reputation as a City of Science and Innovation.

BioMedVic is delighted to sponsor the online interactive research network map produced by Nature Index, which shows output and collaboration in high quality research between institutions in the greater Melbourne region. This updateable map is based on publications in the top natural science journals tracked by the Nature Index website (www.natureindex.com), which is an open access platform owned by Springer Nature, publisher of Nature, with data published under a creative commons license.

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