|Andrew Crowden is an Associate Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland. Andrew is research ethics stream leader for the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) a member of the NHMRC Certification Assessor Panel for the ethical review of multi-centre research and an NHMRC external research project reviewer. He has been Chair of Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), Chair of Mater Health Services HREC and a member of the Mater Clinical Ethics Committee in Brisbane, member of NHMRC’s HoMER Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ Research Group, member NHMRC’s Harmonisation of Multi-Centre Ethical Review (HoMER) Monitoring Subgroup, Deputy Chair of the Victorian Government Ministerial Consultative Council for Human Research Ethics, Chairperson of Austin Health HREC in Melbourne, Bioethicist on Northeast Health HREC, the appointed Ethicist on the South Australian Government Human Research sub committee, Chair of the Rural Health Academic Centre’s Human Ethics Advisory Group at the University of Melbourne, and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Dean’s nominee to Deakin University HREC|
AABHL Research Ethics Stream Update.
At the July AABHL conference a group of conference attendees met over lunch to discuss the future development of AABHL’s Research Ethics Stream activities. The discussion was lively, and many interesting suggestions were made. The group was realistic and recognised the potential difficulties associated with implementing changes to the way that the research ethics group currently functions. Even so, the group decided to communicate with the broader membership in order to ascertain the best way forward. Accordingly, I am contacting you (because you are a registered member of AABHL) to invite you to contribute suggestions/comments about the future role and function of the research ethics stream and specifically to request that you forward your brief responses to the questions that were raised at the meeting (listed below).
1. What is/should be the role of the research ethics stream of AABHL?
2. Should the AABHL establish a better (more interactive?) communication approach for the research ethics stream? How can we make the AABHL site be more accessible and active?
3. Is there a need to have a regular (one day?) Research Ethics conferences/seminars/workshops linked to the main AABHL conference (i.e., before or after)?
5. Should we circulate information/updates on research ethics matters to members?
6. Are there any options for funding a more active research ethics stream?
7. Other comments?
Feel free to raise any other issue, strategy or idea that you may have about how the AABHL can support the examination of, and best practice in, research ethics and integrity in Australasia and beyond. Please send you comments and suggestions via this page, or by email to Andrew Crowden [firstname.lastname@example.org] by 30 November 2011.
When we have received your comments I will collate and summarise them and communicate a response via the AABHL web site. You will need to be logged in as a member.