Text by Dr Angela Henjak, Senior Manager, Office of Ethics & Research Governance, Alfred Health.
The Victorian HRDF Hospital Research Managers (HRM) Sub-Committee wishes to extend its gratitude to Biomedical Research Victoria (BioMedVic) for its assistance and generous support in facilitating the Induction Program for New Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members held on the 15th of August in Melbourne.
Being new to an HREC can be daunting, and overwhelming resources on the practical aspects are not readily available. The aim of the program was to build on the induction provided by the individual HRECs by providing sessions on a few key areas, including: an overview of the ethical principles which underpin human research, the various types of consent and requirements thereof, expectations of HREC members, as well as a Lay member’s experience.
Hosted by Alfred Health, 35 attendees from numerous hospital, university, research institute and government HRECs across Victoria engaged with the presenters, among whom were an HREC Chair, HREC Lay Member and Managers of Research Offices, who kindly shared their wealth of knowledge, insight and expertise. The forum also allowed for discussions and exchanges of experience as well as an opportunity to forge new connections among those who attended. All in all, a successful event based on the feedback provided.