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Animal Ethics Committee Member - Category D Lay Member (voluntary)


Employer: Alfred Research Alliance
Work Type/s: Volunteer
Classification/s: Animal Welfare & Protection, Medical Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 05 June, 2019.
Applications close: 20 July, 2019. (Expired)

The Alfred Research Alliance is an alliance between the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University Central Clinical School, Burnet Institute, Alfred Health and Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

A properly constituted and effectively functioning Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is the essential component in the process under which research establishments implement the principles that underlie both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes.

An AEC assesses proposals to use animals for scientific purposes and teaching to weigh the scientific and educational value of the use against the potential effects on the welfare of the animals.

The Alfred Research Alliance Animal Ethics Committee is seeking a new Category D (Lay) member.

Key Criteria

  • Lay members must be independent of any of the Alfred Research Alliance partner institutions.
  • Lay members cannot have engaged in the use of animals for scientific purposes beyond their under-graduate education.
  • An ability to listen to, and appreciate the views of others, and to formulate and express a considered opinion in order to help ensure that the Committee can collectively balance the benefits of research and protect participants.
  • An interest in animal welfare and a capacity to understand important ethical issues.
  • The capacity to commit time to read and review applications prior to meetings and to attend at least 80% of monthly meetings.
  • The capacity to voice concerns in relation to proposed research put to the Animal Ethics Committee

Appointment to the Committee includes a monthly meeting of approx. 4 hours during business hours. Additional pre-reading prior to the meeting of materials = 3-4 hours, and any other additional ad hoc reviews as required.

A sitting fee is available to members for out of pocket expenses.

Annual training is available to all members.

Working with an AEC can be very interesting and rewarding. Committee members learn about medical research and get involved in making decisions and providing advice to researchers about how their research should be conducted.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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