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Ethics Committee role

Human Research Ethics Committee - layman vacancy  

We have a vacancy for a layman to join the Blood Service Human Research Ethics Committee.

Research undertaken within the Blood Service must comply with national guidelines contained in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. All research undertaken by the Blood Service must therefore not only be scientifically valid but must also be approved by the Blood Service Human Research Ethics Committee.  

Committee Chairman, Prof. Doug Joshua, is seeking nominations for a layman to join the Committee. The person appointed would need to have no affiliation with the Blood Service, though they could be a blood donor or blood product recipient. 


The role of a layman is to bring a community perspective to the deliberations of the Committee.

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research requires that the Blood Service Ethics Committee membership include at least two members who are lay people, one man and one woman who: 

  • have no affiliation with the institution or organisation 
  • are not currently involved in medical, scientific, or legal work, and
  • are preferably from the community in which the institution or organisation is located. 


The successful applicant will be expected to attend four meetings a year - one in Sydney, one in Melbourne and two by teleconference. Travel will be arranged for people based outside those cities.

This is a voluntary, non-remunerated position. 

Interested in applying?

Please send expressions of interest, including a brief biography (10 lines), by 31 October 2017 to:

Ethics Secretary
Phone:    (02) 9234 2368

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