The Department of Health and Human Services Human Research Ethics Committee (DHHS HREC) was established in 1986. The committee operates in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (the National Statement).
The primary role of the DHHS HREC is to protect the welfare and rights of participants in research, and to uphold ethical standards and principals. In doing this, the DHHS HREC ensures that research proposals conform to the requirements of the National Statement. The DHHS HREC meets 8 times a year for approximately 3-4 hours.
The functions of the DHHS HREC are to:
contribute to DHHS HREC’s review of applications in accordance with the National Statement; consider the ethical and privacy implications of all proposed research projects involving humans and determine whether they are acceptable in accordance with the National Statement; monitor all approved research projects until completion; and, comply with all guidelines and relevant legislation
Vacancies currently exist in the following categories of membership:
Pastoral role, such as a Minister of Religion or Aboriginal elder; A solicitor with experience in health law, or privacy or administrative law; A researcher with current experience relevant to research proposals considered by the Committee; A person with experience in the care, counselling and treatment of others; and A layman and a laywoman.
Accordingly, expressions of interest in the above positions are now sought. Applicants should be familiar with the National Statement and have an understanding of the application of ethical principles to research. Appointments are for a period of three years.
DHHS Member Role and Key Accountabilities
Membership of DHHS HREC requires members to: attend a minimum of six meetings a year attend continuing education or training programs in research ethics as required or requested by the Chair or DHHS HREC Secretary attend an annual planning session to review and update committee operations and activities.
Each DHHS HREC member will be allocated a number of HREC applications for review. The DHHS HREC member will be emailed their items to review, along with a Preliminary Review Report Form they must complete and return to the DHHS HREC Secretariat within 7 days. The Preliminary Review Report Form ensures consistency of review in accordance with the National Statement, and also contains an area for general comments.
Term of appointment
Appointment to the DHHD HREC will be for a period of three years.
How to apply
Expressions of interest should include a covering letter detailing Which category of membership you are applying for; relevant experience and interests; a curriculum vitae; and nominate two referees.
These can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org please ensure that in the subject header of your email the letter “EOI –DHHS HREC” to indicate it is related to an expression of interest.
DHHS HREC members are remunerated by sessions at a rate of $344.00.
The department promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant, or if you have a disability, and require advice and support with the recruitment process, please contact our Diversity Unit on DiversityInclusion@dhhs.vic.gov.au.