A person who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and who has knowledge of, and experience, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare research

The AIHW is a major national agency established to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare.

Our strategic goals are to be leaders in health and welfare data, drivers of data improvements, expert sources of value-added analysis, champions for open and accessible data and information and trusted strategic partners. Our work focuses on our major national health and welfare data assets, and leading work to integrate, analyse and present the data in a range of information products for multiple audiences.

Good governance is an important underpinning for our work. The AIHW Ethics Committee contributes significantly to our governance arrangements, playing an important role in overseeing our work to ensure that it is ethical and complies with legislated requirements for confidentiality and privacy. The Committee provides valuable guidance to the AIHW on its expanding responsibilities for managing sensitive data on the health and welfare of Australians in the context of an ‘open data’ approach that protects personal privacy and the trust of the Australian community.

The composition of the Ethics Committee is prescribed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Ethics Committee) Regulations 2018, consistent with the requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Membership includes ‘at least one person with knowledge of, and current experience in, areas of research that are regularly considered by the Ethics Committee’.

In complying with its obligations under the National Statement, the AIHW and the Ethics Committee have specific responsibilities related to the conduct of research involving or affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The AIHW has therefore identified the need to appoint a Committee member who is identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander with specialist knowledge and expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare research. Accordingly, a vacancy on the Committee exists for:

A person who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander with knowledge of, and current experience in, health and/or welfare related research involving or affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Membership is for a three-year term. The Committee meets five times a year in Canberra.

Remuneration is in accordance with a determination of the Remuneration Tribunal.

If you wish to be considered for this position, please provide a written application by close of business on Thursday, 18 April 2019 to:

Ethics Committee Secretariat
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
GPO Box 570, Canberra ACT 2601
or by email to [email protected]  

Applications should address the following selection criteria:
  1. Is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  2. Understanding of the role of the AIHW
  3. Understanding of the contemporary national health and welfare information landscape and ‘open data’ policies
  4. Understanding of the principles relating to privacy and research ethics
  5. Ability to appreciate the interests of potential research participants and the potential risks and benefits of research proposals, and to assess the balance between the two
  6. Sound knowledge of, and current experience in, research related to the health and/or welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  7. Sound appreciation of the NHMRC’s six core principles and other ethical considerations relevant to health research and information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  8. Ability to actively participate in and contribute to Committee discussions, and
  9. Ability to attend meetings and to participate in out-of-session consideration of matters when required

Further information about the position may be obtained from the Committee Secretary,
Mr Gary Kent, telephone: (02) 6244 1065
.