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Aims of AuPS

1. To enhance the profile of the AuPS as a body representing ALL physiologists engaged in research and teaching in Australia.


  • Broaden the criteria for election to Ordinary Membership.
  • Further encourage the participation of Student Members.
  • Enhance the prestige and recognition of the society's awards and prizes.


2. To enhance the prestige and appeal of the AuPS scientific meetings.


  • To encourage the representation of all areas of physiological sciences at meetings.
  • To provide forums that encourage interaction of workers engaged in cellular or molecular studies with those engaged in systemic physiology.
  • Increase the number of and encourage membership participation in Special Interest Groups by optimizing electronic communication between members with particular interests.
  • To advertise the Society's activities widely, particularly by publishing the Proceedings of the Society's scientific meetings on the web.
  • To encourage joint activities with other national and international organizations.


3. To assist and encourage the professional development of tertiary education in physiology.


  • Within the framework of scientific meetings, actively encourage teaching symposia for tertiary educators.
  • To encourage the sharing of teaching aids and strategies at a national level.
  • To be a leader in the current discussions relating to professional accreditation in teaching and research.
  • To monitor and publicise national and international developing strategies for distance education, and web- or computer-based teaching.
  • Establish a conduit of communication between Heads of all relevant teaching Departments.
  • To continue maintaining a national bank of multiple choice questions.


4. To proactively provide advice and information to government and the community in areas of deliberation relevant to the physiological sciences.


  • Contribute to the activities of the National Committee for Physiology.
  • To assist professional lobby groups to influence government decisions on funding policies for scientific research and education.
  • To continue to produce and distribute responsible information on the role of animal experimentation in biomedical research.


5. To help maintain and encourage the responsible teaching of biological sciences in schools.


  • To continue to provide advice on careers in physiology.
  • To encourage greater interactions between schools and tertiary departments.
  • To encourage and assist the professional training of science teachers.