DVA Human Research Ethics Committee (DVA HREC)
Request for Expressions of Interest
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is seeking Expressions of Interest for a researcher to join the DVA Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
Applicants should be appropriately qualified and experienced in both research methods and Government board/committee procedures and processes, with demonstrated experience in reflecting on and analysing ethical decision-making.
Members will be appointed as individuals for their knowledge, qualities and experience and not as representatives of any particular organisation or group.
This position will involve preparation for and attendance at approximately four meetings a year, subject to ebbs and flows, to review the ethical aspects of applications for research proposals in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Eligible members will be entitled to remuneration for their participation on the Committee.
If you would like to express your interest in this position, please contact the DVA HREC Secretariat by emailing your expression of interest and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are open until a suitable candidate has been appointed.
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In accordance with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, the Department of Veterans' Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DVA HREC) was established in September 1993 by the Repatriation Commission.
The Committee complies with the NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans (National Statement) revised in 2007.
Members of the Ethics Committee are appointed by the Repatriation Commission and the Committee reports back to the Commission on its activities.
Role of the Committee
The primary role of the DVA Ethics Committee is to protect the welfare and rights of members of the veteran community who are participants in human research. Broadly defined, human research is conducted with or about people, their data or tissue.
In ensuring compliance with the National Statement, the Committee views research protocols from an ethical, moral and social perspective, irrespective of whether or not DVA is funding, or is likely to be responsible for, the research. The Committee also considers a participants right to privacy as protected by the Privacy Act 1988.
When and how to make a submission
The DVA HREC Administrative Guidelines and Guidelines for Researchers (see below) provide valuable information about when and how to make a submission to the Ethics Committee and the responsibilities of researchers.
The DVA Ethics Committee normally meets on the second Friday every three months (February, May, August and November). Submissions to the DVA HREC Secretariat are required at least two weeks prior to each meeting (see meeting submission dates below).
Where a submission is in respect to accessing data or blood samples or contacting participants from the Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP). Then, in the first instance, the research proposal is to be submitted to the SHOAMP Serum Management Committee (SMC) for in-principle endorsement.
The SMC Secretariat can be contacted by e-mail to: email@example.com and including in the subject heading ‘for attention Serum Management Secretariat’.
The above Study Protocol form is in Microsoft Word format. This is the acceptable method for submitting applications. You can download the form to your system where you can complete the questions by entering responses in the table cells, as you would in any Word table. The proforma also contains an agreement to be signed by the Principal Researcher. You will need to print a hard copy of the completed protocol in order to sign the agreement at Part C.
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Meeting Dates 2014
Number of meetings: 4
- Meeting 28 February - Submissions due 12 February
- Meeting 16 May - Submissions due 30 April
- Meeting 15 August - Submissions due 30 July
- Meeting 21 November - Submissions due 5 November
- Dr Graeme Peel – Chairman
- Ms Kaye Hogan AM – Laywoman
- Mr David Clinch OBE – Layman
- Mr David Prior – Pastoral Care Role
- Mr Dale Boucher – Lawyer
- Dr Graeme Killer AO – Practicing Medical Professional
- VACANT – Relevant Expert (Research)
- Dr Michael Alp - Relevant Expert (Research)
- Ms Sandy Bell – Ex officio
- Ms Kyleigh Heggie - Ex officio
- DVA HREC Secretariat - Ms Megan MacDonald
Contact the DVA HREC
Department of Veterans' Affairs
GPO Box 9998
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6225 4659
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