Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) positions open
The HREC currently has a number of membership vacancies, specifically for:
Community members with expertise in any of these distinct areas are invited to apply to join the committee in the interesting field of regional health research.
Volunteer members meet once a month (at present remotely) for the important role of reviewing current and projected research involving Bendigo Health patients, clients, staff and resources to ensure health research at Bendigo Health is conducted with the highest ethical principles.
The HREC’s primary role is to protect the welfare and rights of participants in research. The committee considers the ethical implications of all proposed research projects conducted at Bendigo Health and monitors approved projects until completion to ensure they continue to conform to approved ethical standards.
If you are looking to contribute to and gain understanding in the important field of human health research and can dedicate at least 8 hours a month, please email a resume and an application letter addressing selection criteria to:
BH HREC Secretariat
Research Governance Office
Email: [email protected]
Should you require further information about these positions please email the Research Governance Office at [email protected] or phone 03 54546412 or 0473910655
Job descriptions (download pdfs below)
Applications close COB 31 May 2023
Membership of the committee is in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines. The committee attempts to maintain a balance of gender and institutional/non-institutional members in order to represent a broad cross-section of the community.
The committee comprises:
All research conducted at Bendigo Health must receive ethical approval from either the Bendigo Health HREC or by an NMA reviewing HREC and also governance authorisation from Bendigo Health before it can commence.
Bendigo Health’s Research Governance Manager provides administrative support to Bendigo Health's HREC and provides advice and support to researchers with their ethics applications.
Additionally, assistance and support are provided to researchers with their Bendigo Health governance submissions.
Please complete the fee payment form and email it to [email protected] once you have submitted your application and supporting documents to Ethical Review Manager (ERM).
A GST of 10% will be applied to all external projects (that is, where the principal investigator is not a Bendigo Health staff member).
The Bendigo Health HREC, including its Low-Risk Review Panel, is responsible for reviewing proposals involving Bendigo Health patients, clients, staff and resources.
The HREC’s primary role is to protect the welfare and rights of participants in research. The HREC consists of representation sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for the constitution of institutional ethics committees.
The functions of the committee are both advisory and executive. They include consideration of the ethical implications of all proposed research projects and monitoring of approved projects until completion to ensure they continue to conform to approved ethical standards.
The committee ensures statutes relevant to ethical considerations are compiled within the formulation and conduct of research practices and policies within Bendigo Health. They also establish procedures to assist in the examination and review of research proposals and protocols for new forms of treatment and therapy. As part of this, it is the responsibility of the HREC to review new research proposals, monitor existing research and maintain a register of all research projects.
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