Biomedical College

Engineering meets medicine and biology for the development of a healthier world.

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering combines a knowledge of electronic, mechanical, chemical and materials-engineering, with the life sciences of medicine, biology and molecular biology.

Biomedical devices:

  • support and enhance human life
  • help individuals to overcome physical disabilities
  • aid in delivering medical procedures
  • test and deliver data which improve health and safety.

The disciplines of Biomechanics and Bioengineering are rapidly expanding with developments in Biosensor Technology, Tissue Engineering and Nanotechnology.

Biomedical engineers work with doctors and medical scientists, researching and designing ways to improve healthcare and medical services.

They may use microcomputers, lasers, and other materials to develop and improve medical research equipment that is used to diagnose health problems. They may be involved in the development of medical products and different types of equipment used to monitor and treat patients and in designing and improving equipment for disabled people.

A biomedical engineer working in a hospital, for example, may be responsible for the safe and effective operation of equipment such as monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic medical equipment ranging from catheters, CAT scanners, pacemakers and kidney machines. They may be involved in designing artificial joints and limbs and assisting the surgical team in fitting these to the patient.

Biomedical engineers also design and deliver technology to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. For example, they may develop equipment to assist people who have difficulty walking, communicating or carrying out simple daily tasks.

About the Biomedical College

If you work closely with medical practitioners, health-industry professionals, or vehicle and safety equipment manufacturers to enhance human life, then the Biomedical College is an ideal home for you.

The Biomedical College offers a range of services:

  • Setting of standards of practice within Biomedical Engineering, and mechanisms to help attain these standards.
  • Mentoring and fostering new biomedical engineering practitioners through workshops and awards.
  • Facilitating interaction with our peers and a diverse range of health and other professionals with whom the Biomedical Engineering team share common goals.
  • Providing a forum for the exchange of information on developments and issues.
  • Facilitating aid to developing and disaster-torn countries.
  • A broad range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities


Biomedical engineering groups

National Committees and Panels

  • Clinical Engineering (NPCE) – the design, development, manufacture, management and maintenance of medical equipment and systems.
  • Rehabilitation Engineering (NCRE) – the design, adaptation and provision of mechanical, electronic and computer-based technologies, and environments, to assist people with disabilities and the ageing, to achieve and sustain independence, and a high-quality of life.

Related groups and societies

Biomedical College awards

Women in Biomedical Engineering Scholarship

Nominations open, complete nomination form by COB 31 August 2016

Click here to nominate

About this award

The Women in Biomedical Engineering Scholarship acknowledges and promotes a female Biomedical Engineer who is making an outstanding contribution to her profession and professional community.

A panel of members from the Board of the Biomedical College of Engineers Australia will judge the scholarship.

Nomination criteria

Nominations must include:

  • A CV (max 2 pages)
  • Applicant statement, which describes in 1,000 words or less her contribution to Biomedical Engineering and the professional community. The applicant must state which event she would like to use the scholarship to attend.

Terms & conditions

Applicants must:

  • be current financial members of Engineers Australia
  • be currently practising in the field of Biomedical Engineering
  • Write a summary on which event they chose and what they got out of it . This story could be published.

Presentation of award

The prize will include admission to a conference, flights and accommodation (to the value of $2,000) relevant to her discipline within 12 months of winning the scholarship.

The scholarship recipient will be required to give a short presentation on the benefits of being a member of Engineers Australia and the Biomedical College, and a short description of the event for which she intends to use the scholarship. She may also be asked to speak at other Biomedical College events.

2015 Winner

Ms Catherine Galvin (McMaster) FIEAust

Catherine Galvin, an electrical engineer, started her PhD with The Canberra Hospital Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit (TORU) midway through 2014. A career ‘tweak’ was initiated by the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Human Movement Science and an Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

The transition was complete when presented with the opportunity to work on a PhD with Professor Jennie Scarvell at the University of Canberra—investigating age-associated variation in healthy and osteoarthritic knee kinematics. Catherine has been lecturing and tutoring in biomechanics at the University of Canberra.

She presented her honours paper, The Impact of Fatigue on Hip Extensors in Three Landing Tasks in Female Football Players at the ACISC Sports and Medicine Conference in Phuket and presented Interactive Visualization of Deep Knee Flexion, in Four Dimensions and In vivo, at the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference in Melbourne on 24 November, 2015.

Catherine was the University of Canberra PhD winner of 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition and participated in the Trans-Tasman finals in Brisbane in October. She was also honoured to be nominated and made a Fellow of Engineers Australia and be awarded the 2015 scholarship for Women in Biomedical Engineering.

Young Biomedical Engineering conference paper & poster prizes

About this award

These prizes are given to young biomedical engineers based upon their paper or poster presentation at the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC). Students are required to submit an extract through the ABEC Conference 'Call for Abstracts' site. During this process the nominee is to specify which prize they are submitting the abstract for.

The abstract applicants will be judged by a set of referees nominated by the College for inclusion in a specific session in the conference specifically for presentations by the short-listed young biomedical engineers.

Abstracts who are not judged to be part of the special session will be considered for the general papers. Up to five abstracts may be chosen for the special session. The referees will meet following the session to select the recipient for the award.

The presentation will be judged by scores in a number of areas. These may include content, presentation, contribution to knowledge, the ability to field questions and demonstration of an in-depth appreciation of the area being presented.

Presentation of award

The prize consists of a certificate and $750. The funds are to be used to assist with travelling to an overseas conference to present their paper.

Contact us

For any enquiries regarding the Biomedical College please contact:

Learned Society Advisor


Engineers Australia
Engineering House
11 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600

To contact Member Services please call 1300 653 113 or email.


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