Science Meets Business 2017

Posted by on 15 August 2017

The ASM is sponsoring two of our members to attend Science Meets Business 2017, 9th of November 2017 at UTS Business School, Ultimo, NSW.

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A New Pathway to FASM

Posted by Prof Julian I Rood FASM, Chair, ASM National Examinations and Qualifications Board on 30 May 2017

I am delighted to announce that ASM has now put into place a new streamlined pathway to FASM for highly qualified applicants in all fields of microbiology.

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NSW Health alert on Mycobacterium chimaera infections linked to heater-cooler devices

Posted by on 16 March 2017

Two confirmed cases and one suspect case of Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) infection associated with contaminated heater-cooler devices (HCD) used in cardiac surgery have been diagnosed in New South Wales. One additional case has been diagnosed in Queensland and more than 70 patients have been diagnosed worldwide.  The first case was recognised in 2012 in Switzerland, with Germany, Netherlands, England and USA also affected. All of the NSW cases (confirmed and suspected) had aortic valve prostheses inserted at Prince of Wales Hospital in 2015.

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Vale Sue Dixon

Posted by The ASM on 7 February 2017

Friends and colleagues of Sue Dixon were saddened to hear of her passing in August 2016 after a short illness. 

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Australian Day Honour

Posted by The ASM on 1 February 2017

The ASM congratulates Professor Lyn Gilbert who was made an AO (Officer of The Order of Australia) on Australia Day for her distinguished service to medical research, particularly the study of infectious disease prevention and control, to tertiary education as an academic, and to public health policy. Lyn is a former president of ASM who has made many important contributions our Society, most recently by creating the Lyn Gilbert Award for diagnostic microbiology.

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Vale Joan Faoagali

Posted by on 11 January 2017

Joan Faoagali was well known in the Australian Microbiology community, after initially qualifying in Dunedin and then moving to Australia, serving as Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital in NZ and then the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Queensland. She held multiple adjunct academic appointments, including Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, and was RCPA Queensland State Councillor and later RCPA Chief Examiner in Microbiology.

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Vale Andrew Butcher

Posted by on 14 December 2016

Dear ASM Members, Colleagues and Friends,

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ASM @ Science Alive! 2016

Posted by on 12 October 2016

thumb IMG 0134 1024In Adelaide and as a partnership with National Science Week, there is a major event, the science fair - Science Alive!. This was held in 2016 at the Adelaide Showgrounds across three days, Friday 5th August and Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August. This exhibits various aspects of science and technology to the community (Friday being a careers day for high school students and Saturday and Sunday is opened to the public). The Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM – SA/NT branch) had a booth with various activities and displays for School students and then over the weekend. We had volunteers from across the SA microbiology community and this included microbiology undergraduate and postgraduate students. In the planning, the setting up and across the extremely busy three days, a wonderful and enthusiastic time was had displaying and describing the importance and joys of microbiology.

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