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Murdoch Human Research Ethics Committee

Murdoch University are looking for a Community Representative to join their Human Research Ethics Committee.

About the project/vacancy

The role of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is to ensure that all research involving human participants at Murdoch University is conducted according to national ethical guidelines. The HREC is constituted under the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018). Membership includes researchers, lay people, a lawyer, a person experienced in professional care, a person who performs a pastoral role (minister of religion), an indigenous person, and others.

About the position

As gender balance is required, Murdoch University are looking for a female Community Representative (also referred to as a ‘lay member’) to join their Human Research Ethics Committee.

Committee members benefit from the knowledge that they are making a positive contribution to the overall integrity of research featuring human participants conducted by Murdoch University. It is an interesting, stimulating and worthwhile form of community involvement.

What am I expected to do?

The HREC meets 11 times per year on a Tuesday afternoon (meetings commence at 2pm). Members receive the agenda papers approximately 10 days before each meeting. At the meeting, members are able to openly discuss the applications and provide feedback.

In addition to the ordinary meetings, each year members assist with the review of a small number of low-risk applications outside the normal meeting cycle, usually at a separate low risk meeting.

It is estimated that the Community Representative will spend up to 88 hours per year to fulfil this position.

What skills or experience do I need?

Committee members should possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills; including the capacity to listen to, and appreciate, the views of others and to formulate and express a considered opinion.
  • An interest in the ethical integrity of research with human participants and a capacity to understand the issues.
  • Sufficient time to attend meetings and to prepare by reading the applications and other relevant documents.
  • Members must be prepared to enter into a process in which differences and conflicting points of view can be explored and respectfully resolved.

All committee members must respect the confidentiality of the material provided in the course of their membership. A confidentiality agreement is required.

Applicants will be asked to attend a conversation concerning potential membership at Murdoch University before a selection is finalised.

How long am I expected to be involved?

Appointment to the committee is for a three year term, with the ability to renew for further terms.

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be held at Murdoch University campus (Murdoch). Documents for review will be distributed electronically.

What support is offered?

This position is voluntary.

In accordance with Murdoch University policy, no sitting fee is payable for members of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
Reasonable travel expenses incurred by members to attend meetings can be reimbursed.

New members are offered an induction. Murdoch provides members with continuing support in fulfilling their roles. An annual training workshop is offered in collaboration with the five WA universities.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity email us or call 08 6151 1071

Applications close: 07 December 2020