To register for this event download the registration form at the link above and email to

SMBE 2024

The 33rd Annual Biomedical Engineering Conference

“The Country Technicians’ Training Seminar”

Celebrating the Biomedical Engineering Team’s Contribution to Advances in Healthcare over the Past 33 Years

What’s it about?

The annual SMBE (NSW) training seminar is a not-to-be missed event for biomedical engineering personnel to meet and discuss common issues affecting their services, attend specialist training sessions on current and emerging technologies and to develop networking contacts.

What’s on?

Technical Sessions on…
  • New and emerging technologies,

  • Service and support – managing your department,

  • Clinical measurement and equipment,

  • Clinical topics,

  • Professional development – education and training,

  • Technology management & integration of BME & IT, and

  • “How to…” workshops conducted by trade exhibitors & sponsors.

Trade Exhibition

Companies, large and small will be there showing their latest test tools, medical equipment, software and repair services.

Hands-on training provided by medical equipment suppliers

Hands-on technical training returns again this year and as usual it will be provided by our sponsors and trade exhibitors.

What else is on?

Welcome Reception

The welcome BBQ will be held from 6.30pm on Sunday 24th March 2024 at Panthers, Port Macquarie.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at 6.30pm for 7.00pm on the evening of Monday 25th March 2024 at a venue to be confirmed.

SMBE (NSW) Annual General Meeting

Members of the SMBE (NSW) are invited to attend the SMBE (NSW) Annual General Meeting which will be held during the seminar.

The AGM will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday 26th March, 2024 at the Conference venue.

Note: This is not an election year.

About Port Macquarie and the Mid-North Coast

Port Macquarie is a town at the mouth of the Hastings River on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia. The climate is mild with average temperatures ranging from 18 degrees C to 25 degrees C in the month of March. “Port” as the locals call it, is a family holiday destination for thousands of tourists in the summer but it also has plenty of venues for a lively nightlife.

It’s known for its beaches, wildlife and penal colony past. St. Thomas' Anglican Church was built by convicts in the 19th century.

A coastal walk from the town centre to the 19th-century Tacking Point Lighthouse offers views over waters home to whales and dolphins. Billabong Zoo is known for its koala breeding centre.

Getting there…

Easily accessed by road, rail and air, it really is a beautiful place and certainly the place to be in March 2024.

Travelling by car:

  • Drive from Sydney via the M1 and Pacific Hwy/A1 (387 km)

  • Drive from Melbourne via the Hume Highway M31 to Sydney and then the M1/A1 (1253 km)

  • Drive from Brisbane via the M1 and Pacific Hwy/A1 (544 km)

Travelling by plane:

Fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth to Port Macquarie Airport.

Travelling by bus:

There are cheap bus options available. Premier and Greyhound services operating between Sydney and Brisbane stop in Port Macquarie.

Where can you stay?

The conference, welcome BBQ and dinner venues are in the heart of Port Macquarie where a wide range of accommodation types are to be found.

Check out the usual websites:


  • Financial member of SMBE (NSW) 2018 – 2020                                                                           $200.00

  • Current financial member of Engineers Australia or another SMBE

         (Proof of membership required)


  • Non-member & non-financial member of SMBE (NSW)


  • Students undertaking relevant full time studies

        (Proof of studies required)


  • Day Registration for Monday or Tuesday - per day rate


  • Day Registration for Wednesday - per day rate


  • Accompanying Person to Conference Dinner


  • Accompanying Person to Welcome BBQ


Call for papers

SMBE NSW Inc is calling for Biomeds and industry representatives to submit papers for presentation at the SMBE 2024 conference. All presenters will receive complimentary registration for the conference. Please submit ideas for presentations to the Hon. Secretary (Bruce Morrison) at

To register for this event download the registration form at the link above and email to


Venue:         Panthers Port Macquarie

Dates:          24 – 27 March 2024

The annual SMBE (NSW) Country Technicians’ Training Seminar and Conference features a mixture of proffered papers and presentations solicited from hospital BMETs and BMEs, clinical personnel, service organisations and industry representatives, i.e. the vendors who support our conference every year.

The Committee is calling for papers/presentations from Biomedical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Technicians, Vendors, and Service Organisations to fill slots in the programme for the 2024 conference in Ulladulla.

If you have a burning desire to ‘talk technical’ about your industry segment then we would be happy to talk to you about a presentation at SMBE 2024. A list of tracks and themes is outlined below. These are a guideline only and if you or your organisation has a topic on which it would like to present, then please let us know. All suggestions are welcomed.

There are 20 min, 30 min and 40 min slots still available in the programme and so to reserve a slot, please contact Bruce Morrison on 0404 030 398 or


SMBE 2024 – Biomedical Engineering – where are we at?

Tracks and Themes

Clinical Engineering

  • Medical Device Regulation

  • Medical Devices on IT networks

  • Medical Devices Security

  • Human Factors and Safety in Medical Equipment

  • Health Technology Management

  • Horizon Scanning

  • Medication Errors

  • Infection Prevention and Control in Medical Devices

Special Topics

  • Biomedical Engineering Education

  • Technical Report and Specification Writing

  • The future of Biomedical Engineering in the next decades

  • Disruptive Technologies and the Internet of Things

  • Digital operating theatres

  • Infection prevention and control equipment

IT and Cybersecurity

·        Protecting our patients’ data from attack

·        Keeping our life saving devices secure

Biomedical Images and Signals

  • Image Processing

  • Medical Imaging

  • Signal Processing

Medical Devices and Instrumentation

  • Biomedical Devices

  • Diagnostic Devices

  • Wearable and Implantable Devices

  • Therapeutics Devices

  • Surgical Tools

  • Software and the Medical “App”

Biomedical Robotics and Surgical Technology

  • Computer Assisted Surgery

  • Bio- and Medical Robotics

  • Bioinstrumentation and Control

  • Soft Robotics


  • Biochips

  • Lab-on-Chip

Pick your own topic