Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers

www.talm.org.au

Latest Posts

Changes to Conference

Skill-building: Environmentally Friendly Practices

Program

Program is subject to change.

Important Changes:

Day 1 – registration from 11.00am – 11.30am. Finish 4.30pm

Claremont College, 61 Claremont Link Road, Claremont

  • Conference Opening – Rosemary Anderson, Principal Education Officer, Australian Curriculum: Science, Department of Education
  • A-Lab: technological and electronic gadgets your school can hire – Stuart Thorne, Project Manager, Peter Underwood Centre
  • Tour of Claremont College Science facilities in groups
  • Digital Microscopes, microscope cameras and other interesting science equipment – Mark Leonard, Imbros.
  • Handling and storage of radioactive substances – Félix Werner, Health Physicist, Radiation Protection Unit, Population Health Services
  • Microbes and Winogradsky columns – will be set up on Monday and kept on display till the end of the conference.

Day 2 – 8.30am – 4.00pm

Sustainability Learning Centre, Hobart College, and Mt Nelson Fire Station, Mt Nelson

  • Introduction, Jenny Dudgeon,  President, Science Teachers Association
  • Tour of the SLC educational facilities and energy-efficient buildings – Nel Smit, Education Co-ordinator, Greening Australia
  • Greening Australia workshop (getting down and dirty outside: bring your gardening gloves!!) – Anna Minchin, Revegetation Program Leader, Greening Australia
  • Tour of Hobart College Science facilities – Andrea Pender and Mel Best, Laboratory Technicians, Hobart College and Royal Australian Chemical Institute demos – John Robertson, member of RACI
  • Fire safety – Phil Sansom, Volunteer in both operational fire-fighting and in training for over 35 years
  • Conference Dinner, 6.30pm, St Albi, Albert Rd, Moonah (to be confirmed). Dinner speaker (change of speaker): Ross Gordon, Owner, Grumpy Bee Honey, Crabtree (grumpybee.com.au).

Day 3 – 9.00am – 2.00pm

Claremont College, 61 Claremont Link Road, Claremont

  • Microscope maintenance – William Hardman, Laboratory Manager, Newstead College
  • Reducing the cost of chemical disposal, workshop
  • Rock kits and Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) – Philip Sansom, Tasmania Coordinator, TESEP
  • Australian Education Union and Independent Education Union Representatives available at lunch time.
  • Science Assist: a great science education resource
  • SETA, Science Education Technicians Australia

Exchange Table

  • This is an opportunity to recycle unwanted holdings. There will be a space where anyone attending the TALM conference can display items of equipment and transportable chemicals that you would like to sell, exchange or give away.
  • Please place a label showing your name with the items. All transactions are between the bringer and taker and do not in any way involve the conference organisers or TALM. Anything left behind will be disposed of immediately after the conference closes.

BYO

Please help us reduce waste by bringing

  • Your work name tag
  • “Keep-cup” (re-usable cup)
  • Water bottle
A small bird perched on a flower

Description automatically generated

Bee collecting Manuka nectar. Courtesy Ross Gordon, grumpybee.com.au

View from the main entrance of the Sustainability Learning Centre, Mt. Nelson.

COVID-19 Safety measures

The conference will be guided by the current Tasmanian Government regulations current on the day. 

TALM and our venues require the following:

  • Use hand sanitiser at sign in station
  • Sign in and provide contact details on arrival each day
  • Seating will be set 1.5m apart and participants are asked to maintain this distancing whenever possible
  • Density at 1 person per 2 square metres
  • Tours will involve splitting into groups
  • Catering stations will be spread out to avoid crowding
  • Disposable gloves, alcohol wipes or individual kits will be provided for hands-on activities, as appropriate to the activity
  • Do not attend any day’s activities if you are unwell.


Accommodation

Delegates will be responsible for arranging their own. See your school Business Manager for funding through the school P.L. budget.

Riverfront Motel & Villas are offering corporate ratesfor TALM conference delegates

Riverfront Motel & Villas

11 Strathaven Drive, Rosetta 7010 (HOBART) Tasmania

Phone: 03 6272 6721 Fax: 03 6273 1061

Please mention that you are part of the TALM conference to obtain the following rates:

– Budget Queen Rooms (queen bed): $84 per night

– Riverview Rooms (queen & single bed): $94 per night

– Two Bedroom Self Contained Villa (queen & 3 single beds): $129 per night for 1 person, each additional person $10 per night

Further information can be found here: https://riverfronthobart.com/stay/

The menu can be found here: https://riverfronthobart.com/eat/

Monday evening meal:

Fiona is organising a small group booking for interested conference delegates at the Riverfront Motel & Villas as they have a large dining room available.  Delegates cover all their own costs for this meal. Please email Fiona asap if you are interested.

Tuesday evening – Conference Dinner

6.30pm at St. Albi, Moonah (venue to be confirmed).  

Full registration includes the cost of the Conference Dinner – food only – purchase own drinks. Partners or family members also need to be paid in advance via the registration form below.

Conference enquiries

Fiona Hay, E: fiona.hay(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0409 435 750

Miriam McFarlane, E: miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au">miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0468 540 025

Registration Form and Invoice

TALM is a non-profit organisation.

  • Please register and pay by Friday 25th September
  • Professional Learning funds should be available in your school, which your School Business Manager will be able to advise you about.
  • It is essential that you email a digital version of your registration form to Mel Gleeson mel.gleeson(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au">mel.gleeson(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au at the time the form is submitted to the school business manager for payment, so that your registration and payment records can be connected in our system.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Delegate’s Name____________________________________________________________________ ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Delegate’s email address______________________________________________________________

School/College______________________________________________________________________

Dietary requirements  

Gluten-free o        Dairy-free o          Vegan o             Vegetarian o

Other (please specify):

Full registration

Full registration covers all day sessions, morning teas, lunches and Conference Dinner (purchase own drinks). 

TALM member             o        $130

Non-member               o        $165

Part registration costs

TALM member:                         $50/day

non-member:                           $60/day  

Dinner + Talk only:                    $60

Attending:       Monday o       Tuesday o       Tuesday Dinner+Talk o             Wednesday  o

TOTAL payable:      $                    

Payment options

1. Electronic:

The School/College finance staff:

please email confirmation of payment amount to:

mel.gleeson(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au">mel.gleeson(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au with the name(s) of the delegates and the days &/or dinner they are being paid for.

MyState Financial

BSB: 807-009  Account Number 12129978

Account Name: Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers

2. CHEQUE/MONEY ORDER:

Please ensure the name(s) of the delegates and the days &/or dinner they are being paid for are included with this payment.

Payment made out to Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers

Post to Mel Gleeson

TALM Treasurer

C/- Ogilvie High School

228 New Town Rd

NEW TOWN   TAS   7008

TALM Annual Conference

5 – 7 October 2020

Skill-building: Environmentally Friendly Practices

Program

Program is subject to change.  A detailed one will be available at the end of September.

Day 1 – registration from 11.00am – 11.30am. Finish 4pm

Professional Learning Institute, Glenorchy

  • Conference Opening – Rosemary Anderson, Principal Education Officer, Department of Education
  • A-Lab: technological and electronic gadgets your school can hire – Stuart Thorne, Project Manager, Peter Underwood Centre
  • Microscopes and other interesting science equipment – Mark Leonard, Imbros.
  • Handling and storage of radioactive substances – Félix Werner, Health Physicist, Radiation Protection Unit, Population Health Services
  • Science Assist: a great science education resource
  • How to build a large Newton’s Cradle

Day 2 – 8.30-4pm

Sustainability Learning Centre, Hobart College, and Mt Nelson Fire Station, Mt Nelson

  • Tour of the SLC educational facilities and energy-efficient buildings – Nel Smit, Education Co-ordinator, Greening Australia
  • Greening Australia workshop (getting down and dirty outside: bring your gardening gloves!!) – Anna Minchin, Revegetation Program Leader, Greening Australia
  • Microbes and Winogradsky columns
  • Tour of Hobart College Science facilities including Royal Australian Chemical Institute demos
  • Fire safety – Phil Sansom, experienced Volunteer Fire-Fighter
  • Conference Dinner, 6.30pm venue to be confirmed. Dinner speaker: Peter Norris, Owner and Founder, Heritage Honey, Vice President of the Tasmanian Bee-Keepers’ Association.

Day 3 – 9am to 2pm

Professional Learning Institute, Glenorchy

  • Microscope maintenance – William Hardman, Laboratory Manager, Newstead College
  • Reducing the cost of chemical disposal – Ben Mooney, Branch Manager – Liquid and Technical Services, Cleanaway. Ben is a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Chemistry.
  • Rock kits and Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) – Philip Sansom, Tasmania Coordinator, TESEP

Please note: a goods exchange table will not be offered at this conference.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we can only offer registrations for family members on Day 2 of this conference.

Conference enquiries to

Fiona Hay, E: fiona.hay(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0409 435 750

Miriam McFarlane, E: miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au">miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0468 540 025

COVID-19 Safety measures

The conference will be guided by the current Tasmanian Government regulations current on the day.  

TALM and our venues require the following:

  • Use hand sanitiser at sign in station
  • Sign in and provide contact details on arrival each day
  • Seating will be set 1.5m apart and participants are asked to maintain this distancing whenever possible
  • Density at 1 person per 2 square metres, maximum 30 people (including guest presenters) on Day 1 and Day 3 of the conference
  • Tours will involve splitting into groups
  • Catering stations will be spread out to avoid crowding
  • Disposable gloves, alcohol wipes or individual kits will be provided for hands-on activities, as appropriate to the activity
  • Do not attend any day’s activities if you are unwell.

Accommodation

Delegates will be responsible for arranging their own. See your school Business Manager for funding through the school P.L. budget. You may wish to enquire with the Tasmanian Government about the $100 ‘mid-week’ accommodation voucher.

Riverfront Motel & Villas are offering corporate rates for TALM conference delegates.

Riverfront Motel & Villas

11 Strathaven Drive, Rosetta 7010 (HOBART) Tasmania

Phone: 03 6272 6721 Fax: 03 6273 1061

Please mention that you are part of the TALM conference to obtain the following rates:

– Budget Queen Rooms (queen bed): $84 per night

– Riverview Rooms (queen & single bed): $94 per night

– Two Bedroom Self Contained Villa (queen & 3 single beds): $129 per night for 1 person,

each additional person $10 per night

Further information can be found here: https://riverfronthobart.com/stay/

The menu can be found here: https://riverfronthobart.com/eat/

Monday evening meal:

If there is sufficient interest from conference delegates we can arrange a group booking at a suitable venue.

Riverfront Motel & Villas have a large dining room available. 

Delegates cover all their own costs for this meal.

Please email Fiona asap if you are interested.

Tuesday evening – Conference Dinner

6.30pm Venue to be confirmed

Full registration covers the cost of delegates meal – food only – purchase own drinks

Conference enquiries to

Fiona Hay, E: fiona.hay(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0409 435 750

Miriam McFarlane, E: miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au">miriam.mcfarlane(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au,    T: 0468 540 025

TALM 2019 Conference

Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers Annual Conference

Monday September 30 – Wednesday October 2, 2019

Science On the West Coast

Our North West members have been busy organising the Annual Conference at Waratah to be held at the end of term 3.

There will be a number of activities you can enjoy in and around Waratah, the details of which will be made available soon.

One of our guest speakers will update us on a new education resource the ORB. It is a collection of online resources to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal Histories and Cultures. The ORB has been developed by Aboriginal Education Services, Department of Education, Tasmania and assists with incorporating and understanding the role of indigenous culture in all aspects of the curriculum, including science.


TALM Mid Year Conference

TALM Mid Year Conference 1st – 3rd October 2018

Scotch Oakburn College Launceston

Demonstrations

Workshops

Presentations

Exhibitors

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 

Day 1

  • Registration and welcome (Helix building – see Directory/Map attached)
  • Tour of ‘Helix Building’ Centre for Science & Mathematics – Scotch Oakburn
  • Seed/Plant Classification – M. Lawes, Launceston Christian school
  • STEM Technologies – C. Smit, Parklands High School
  • Nature/Wetlands walk – Scotch Oakburn Park – North Esk River
  • Underwater Adventures with Geoff Stubbs

 

Day 2

  • Tour – Tamar Valley Truffles
  • Lunch at Seahorse World – Beauty Point
  • Tour – You choose: Platypus House OR Seahorse World
  • Goaty Hill Vineyard – Wine Tasting ($5.00 pp paid on site) and cheese platters
  • Conference Dinner – Sporties Hotel – Bistro 6.30pm

 

Day 3

  • Industry Representative presentations – West Lab – Mark Burke, Scientrific
  • Science Assist/Seta information
  • Conasta sharing
  • Hands on Physics Demonstrations – William Hardman, Laboratory Manager, Newstead College: Rod Hutchins, Laboratory Technician, Launceston College: Geoff Stubbs
  • Chemistry Demonstrations – William Hardman, Laboratory Manager, Newstead College
  • Lab Technician sharing and networking

Click on link for more information and  registration details

TALM CONF OCT 2018

 

Tasmanian Association Of Laboratory Managers

TALM Seminar and AGM

“The Grange” Campbelltown

Friday 1st December 2017

Program

 Registration 9.30am -9:50 am

Session 1

TALM AGM 

Session 2

Demonstrations for the classroom

This is a practical demonstration session run by experienced Laboratory Technicians, to disseminate some practicals found particularly useful for science learning.

Session 3

Union meeting and briefing

Session 4

TALM Open Executive Meeting

Session 5

Bob Elliot: Classroom robotics

Bob teaches Robotics and Game Design at Claremont College and is the

on-line support teacher for the DoE’s Smartbots Gifted Online program

for primary students. He has six years on the Robotics Tasmania

Committee, helping to run the state Robocup Jr. competition. Bob helps primary students build and program Arduino robots using Scratch.

He also runs workshops for high school students and adults with no coding experience to build wireless Arduino sensors.

Seminar Close 3.00pm

Program Registration TALM Seminar 2017

Media Release from Science Education Technicians Australia & Australian Science Teachers Association

 The Media release below is a timely warning to make us more aware of taking  care in clearing away pracs from classrooms.
The experiment was  a senior chemistry demo only (using Bromine water, Cyclohexene and Cyclohexane) and was left in a fixed fume cupboard after the lesson. When the Yr 8 class came in next lesson a few students complained of the smell, had breathing difficulties and were sent to the office. As a precaution ambulance was called and took 6 students to hospital.
The room was evacuated. All protocols were followed in accordance with their risk assessment of the situation.
Students are fine and there were no serious injuries.

23 November 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: School laboratory safety: a vital issue

A recent incident in a NSW High School, where six students were hospitalised for chemical exposure, highlights the fundamental importance of laboratory safety in all Australian schools.

The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and the Science Education Technicians Australia (SETA) strongly advocate for school laboratory safety. They recognise that supporting teachers and school laboratory technicians to safely manage hands-on activities will allow students to conduct real- life experiments. This will allow schools to deliver one of the key objectives of the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026, endorsed by Australian Education Ministers as well as implementing the science inquiry component of the Australian Curriculum.

In 2014, ASTA developed an innovative, national advisory service called Science ASSIST. Science ASSIST was established to address a critical need—teachers of science and school laboratory technicians require good quality technical support to enable them to deliver opportunities for meaningful, practical activities for their students. The aim of the service is to improve the safety in the delivery of practical work conducted in school science lessons and to improve the general safety of school science laboratories.

“Educational research and teacher experience all affirm that practical experience in experimental work brings science alive for students. Laboratory learning environments encourage much sought after positive learning behaviours such as independence, critical thinking and problem solving. Laboratory experience is an essential element in increasing students’ enthusiasm for science, and in improving Australia’s performance in international benchmarking in science learning,” said Geoff Quinton, President, Australian Science Teachers Association.

Science ASSIST is the only service of its kind in Australia. It is a dynamic portal that provides school science educators with information, resources and consistent, well-researched, authoritative technical advice on school science laboratory safety and procedures in line with relevant state and territory requirements (https://assist.asta.edu.au/). The Q&A function is heavily subscribed with over 350 questions asked by educators in the school education sector.

This national initiative is currently supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and was developed to complement the service, technical advice and resources for school laboratory safety provided by each of the state and territory education jurisdictions.

It is currently freely available to ALL Australian schools from ALL education jurisdictions and sectors in EVERY state and territory.

A hallmark of Science ASSIST is the dynamic nature of the content and the capacity to respond to emerging national school science safety issues. For example, our response to Asbestos in mineral kits where the Science ASSIST team was instrumental in the issue of a national health and safety alert by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities.

Science ASSIST needs to be a part of every school STEM educators ‘tool kit’.

Geoff Quinton

President
Australian Science Teachers Association

For further information contact:
Vic Dobos, ASTA Chief Executive Officer, 0434 611 155

Margaret Croucher

President

Science Education Technicians Australia

 

 

 

Mediarelease_ASTA_labsafety_FINAL

CONASTA 66 Hobart Tasmania

CONASTA 66 Conference is a run by the Australian Science Teachers Association for  School Science Teachers and Laboratory Technician /Managers. Miriam Mcfarlane TALM’s representative to assist the CONASTA organising committee explains below.

Workshop and seminar topics suitable for Laboratory Technicians are listed in the attached flyer and there are other presentations that you will find interesting, I am sure.  I highly recommend CONASTA for the atmosphere, networking, workshops/seminars and food !

To register, go to CONASTA.edu.au and click on the left hand side on the overview of the program or the (= detailed) program to see what interests you before going into the registration process, which can take you some time (approx 30 minutes).

If you have any problems with registration, you can contact Louise Monge on communications(is a dancing llama)asta.edu.au or I may be able to help you, as the registration process requires a bit of patience, but CONASTA is really worth making that extra bit of effort for – you come away with a lot and get to hear some world-class speakers in the keynote presentations.

Early Bird discounts finish on 31st May. Additional discounts also apply to members of TALM* and schools with lab technician and teacher membership of STAT**, however this is a big conference, packed with options to choose from, so the price is about double the cost of TALM’s much smaller annual events. We are expecting about 500 delegates or more and I look forward to seeing some of you there.

* TALM = Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers www.talm.org.au

* STAT = Science Teachers Association of Tasmania www.asta.edu.au

Kind regards,

Miriam McFarlane

Member of = the CONASTA Organising Group (Laboratory Technician Representative)

TALM Presentations

 

Here are some photos  of  three of our members being recognised for the fantastic work that they do for TALM.

Annette McCarthy and Joy Arnott where awarded the June Whiteroad Award. This award recognises  members who regularly  participate and assist  in  TALM events.   Congratulations to Joy and Annette.

Judy Wilton was presented with the John Drake Award for 20 years service congratulations Judy.

 

Annette McCarthy  Presented with the June Whiteroad Award

by Andrew

Joy Arnott(left)Awarded with the June Whiteroad Award presenetd byMiriam

 

Judy Wilton (left) Presented with the John Drake presented by Miriam

Professional Development Opportunity on Hazardous Chemicals – Use and Disposal

Dates for each region

3rd April 2017 Hobart

5th April 2017 Burnie

7th April 2017 Launceston

Please note enrolments close Friday 17th March.

About the workshop;

The PLI has brokered a one day training workshops with Philip Crisp from Ecosolve Australia to deliver training for use and disposal of hazardous substances.  Philip is the co-founder of Ecosolve Australia, based in Sydney, NSW, and has developed a web-based risk assessment tool and runs ‘Safety in Laboratories’ courses for science teachers and science technicians in most states of Australia. The focus of these workshops will be training in using, managing and disposing of chemical hazardous wastes within school settings.

For more information click on the link below.

https://pli.education.tas.gov.au/programs/For-Student-Support-Staff/Pages/Hazardous-Chemicals—use-and-disposal.aspx