The Department of Health and the Tasmanian Health Service (DoH/THS) are seeking members for its new Low Risk Human Research Ethics Committee (LRR Ethics Committee) via an Expression of Interest. The LRR Ethics Committee is due to commence in 2024. Appointments will be made in January 2024 and training is expected to occur in March. There is no closing date for expressions of interest in the LRR Ethics Committee.

The LRR Ethics Committee considers the ethical implications of low-risk research, quality improvement (QI), and audit projects proposed to be undertaken within the DoH/THS. It supports ethical and meaningful research and ensures the ‘right thing’ is done among Tasmanians who may be involved in any research study.

We welcome committee participation from the Tasmanian Law Society and other members of the public who are not employees of the DoH/THS. We particularly welcome members from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, rural and remote communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, people with a particular interest in health and medical research, and communities from all regions across the State. If you know of any lawyers or members of the public who may be interested, please forward this invitation to them. Please note, this is a voluntary position.

Expressions of interest are encouraged from current staff working across all areas of Tasmania’s publicly funded health services and other healthcare professionals working in the broader community.

All members receive support and training in the ethics principles outlined in the National Statement, how to use the National Statement when reviewing applications, and how to navigate the online review system. Members will also join a community of people interested in learning more about the relationship among ethics, health and medical research, and the wellbeing of Tasmanians.

Information about the various roles available, and different levels of time commitment can be found in the link below.

If you or someone you know has an interest in research, QI, and audit projects that aim to improve the medical and health outcomes of Tasmanians, please complete an expression of interest via the online form Tasmanian Department of Health Low Risk Research Ethics Committee – Expression of Interest.