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AWC- Animal Welfare Committee

The Animal Welfare Committee provides advice on issues pertaining to the conduct and ethics of using animals in biomedical research.

Terms of reference

The NHMRC Animal Welfare Committee has the following terms of reference:

  1. To advise NHMRC on issues pertaining to the conduct and ethics of using animals in biomedical research.
  2. To advise NHMRC on the regular review and, if necessary, revision of the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, 2004, and on the development and revision of other NHMRC documents related to using animals in biomedical research.

Mode of operation

  • The Animal Welfare Committee will report on activities to NHMRC’s Research Committee.
  • The Animal Welfare Committee will advise NHMRC through the Head, Research Translation (Canberra).

Member information and declarations of interest

Name / Position Area of Expertise1 Declaration of Interest
Professor Edna Hardeman Category B
  • NHMRC grant recipient.
  • Partner is Chair of an institutional Animal Ethics Committee.
Dr Simon Bain Category A
  • Member of NHMRC Code Reference Group.
  • Lectures and presentations on animal ethics to relevant institutions and organisations.
  • Chair and member of several ethics panels and working groups.
  • Australian Animal Welfare Strategy grant recipient.
Dr Mark Lawrie Category A
  • Employed as a veterinarian by a university veterinary teaching hospital.
  • Member of Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) national board until 2012; President of AVA 2008-2010; member of AVA and committee member of the WA Division of AVA.
  • Consultancies relating to veterinary practice, accreditation of veterinary schools, and animal welfare; funds received for conference presentations about animal welfare; sitting fees as member of two institutional Animal Ethics Committees.
  • Australian Animal Welfare Strategy grant recipient.
  • Support for travel and accommodation for consultancies, conference and meeting attendance.
  • Member of several advisory and review groups related to animal welfare.
  • Life member of RSPCA NSW.
Professor Neil Dear Category B
  • Member of UK committees related to laboratory animal management, and training.
  • Chair of an institutional Animal Ethics Committee.
  • Director of an animal facility.
Professor Andy Giraud Category B
  • Member of the Executive Committee of a medical research institution.
Dr Bidda Jones Category C
  • Speeches and lectures on RSPCA policies.
Dr Carole Webb Category C
  • Lectures on the role of an Animal ethics Committee at Monash University.
  • Member of three institutional Animal Ethics Committees.
Ms Robin Matthews Category D Member of an institutional Animal Ethics Committee.
Mr Paul Power Category D Member of an institutional Animal Ethics Committee and a Human Research Ethics Committee.

1
Category A: a person with qualifications in veterinary science.
Category B: a suitably qualified person with substantial recent experience in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities.
Category C: a person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals.
Category D: a person who is both independent of the institution and who has never been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities, either in their employment or beyond their under-graduate education.

Contact for more information

Postal address

Director, Health and Research Ethics
National Health and Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email address

ethics@nhmrc.gov.au

 

Page reviewed: 19 December, 2013