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Health Care Committee (HCC)

HCC was established to provide advice to Council on a range of clinical matters in hospital and primary care settings.


The Committee’s remit includes providing advice to Council on the NHMRC work program for the identification of gaps in evidence uptake in clinical practice, the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines and other forms of evidence-based clinical advice, and the quality and safety of health care.

The functions of HCC, as gazetted by the Minister on 28 March 2012, are:

  • Provide the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHMRC, through Council, with advice on clinical matters in health; and
  • Such other functions as the Minister from time to time determines in writing after consulting the CEO; and
  • Any other functions conferred on the Committee by the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, the regulations or any other law.


The composition of HCC is not defined under the NHMRC Act. HCC has 18 members for the 2012-15 triennium, including persons with backgrounds in evidence-based health care; consumer advocacy; nursing; clinical research; Indigenous health; and health economics.

A member of AHEC also sits on HCC - this is a requirement of the NHMRC Act.

Health Care Committee

Professor Claire Wainwright, Chair
Professor Chris Baggoley
Professor Debra Rickwood
Mrs Debra Cerasa
Professor Graham Mann
Professor Robyn Norton
Professor Maree Teesson
Dr Helen Zorbas
Professor Chris Del Mar
Professor John Wakerman
Professor Guy Maddern
Professor Sally Green
Associate Professor Duncan Mortimer
Mr Demos Krouskos
Professor Helena Teede
Professor Graeme Hankey
Dr Tamara McKean

Contact HCC

Postal address

HCC Secretariat
GPO Box 1421
Canberra ACT 2601

Email address


(02) 6217 9487


Page last updated on 7 May 2014