Graham Cox is a WA-based Senior Chemist who joined Professionals Australia in 1980 and he has been awarded the first of our Science Upskill scholarships. He intends to put the $500 towards the cost of undertaking the Understanding the ISO/IEC 17025 Requirements with the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia. On how he expects to benefit from professional development in this area, Graham said: “I have been assigned the task of achieving NATA Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 in Chemical Testing for ALS Metallurgy’s Analytical Services Laboratory. I need to understand the requirements of this standard to succeed in this task. My employer is contributing to the cost of completing the course and travel to the course location as needed so both my employer and my professional association are supporting my skills development – a win/win for everyone. I appreciate the support of Professionals Australia very much.” Congratulations Graham!
Rebecca Waters was awarded the second of two scholarships. Rebecca is a Medical Scientist with SA Pathology who joined Professionals Australia in 2017. She intends to put the $500 towards the cost of undertaking the American Blood Bank (AABB) Professional Development Program for Transfusion Scientists. On how she expects to benefit from professional development in this area, Rebecca said: “AABB are at the forefront of transfusion medicine and practice. Their standards form the basis of transfusion guidelines internationally. AABB provides extensive resources for continuing education of scientists that cover current scientific research in transfusion medicine and discussion of best transfusion practice. By participating in their online lecture series I can advance my knowledge of modern transfusion theory and practices to include a wider range of relevant material and equip myself with the scientific background a Senior Scientist working in Transfusion Medicine needs to solve more complex scientific issues and use their wealth of ideas to improve general laboratory practice. Many treatments are released internationally prior to their Australian release and accessing their resources will prepare me to provide best practice to Australian patients. The online program allows me to access selected relevant material without disturbing my availability to continue my current work in the laboratory. The support of Professionals Australia in helping me achieve these objectives is very much appreciated.” Congratulations Rebecca!