16 December 2021

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt of the membership of the Principal Committees of NHMRC for 2021–2024. 

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt of the membership of the Principal Committees of NHMRC for 2021–2024. 

Together with the new Council, chaired by Professor Caroline Homer AO, NHMRC’s Principal Committees play a critical role supporting NHMRC in its mission of building a healthy Australia. 

Membership of the NHMRC Principal Committees brings together expertise in biomedical science, clinical and public health, nursing, ethics, social sciences, health care training and the medical profession, as well as business and consumer perspectives, and expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability. 

The Principal Committees will be chaired by three outstanding leaders:

  • Professor Emily Banks AM will chair the new Health Research Impact Committee which will advise NHMRC on strategies to promote, measure and communicate the impact of health research, including research in basic science, public health, clinical and health services and research to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Professor Banks was a member of NHMRC’s Research Committee and Deputy Chair of the NHMRC Alcohol Working Group which revised Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. She leads the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. 
  • Professor Steve Wesselingh, Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), will continue as chair of Research Committee. Research Committee advises on the distribution of funding and policies for the NHMRC grant program and on the scope and quality of health and medical research in Australia.
  • Professor Ingrid Winship AO, Professor of Adult Clinical Genetics at The University of Melbourne and previously Executive Director of Research for Melbourne Health, will continue as Chair of the Australian Health Ethics Committee. This Committee advises on ethical issues in health and on the development of health research ethics guidelines. 

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO said she looked forward to the support and advice from committee members as NHMRC seeks to deliver funding to the best research and researchers, provide evidence-based health guidelines and advise on ethical issues in health. 

“NHMRC’s Principal Committees make an invaluable contribution, not only to NHMRC but also to the success of Australian health and medical research as a whole,” Professor Kelso said. 

“I particularly appreciate the diversity of membership that will bring a wide range of perspectives and experience to our work.”

NHMRC Principal Committee Membership Lists:

 

Research Committee 2021–2024:

Members Position Expertise
Professor Steve Wesselingh Chair Expertise in public health research and medical research issues
Ms Christine Gunson Member Expertise in consumer issues
Professor Yvette Roe Member Expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders
Professor Doug Hilton AO Member Expertise in basic science
Professor James McCluskey AO Member Expertise in basic science
Professor Fabienne Mackay Member Expertise in basic science
Dr Yee Lian Chew Member Expertise in basic science
Professor Anushka Patel Member Expertise in clinical medicine/science
Associate Professor Joshua Vogel Member Expertise in clinical medicine/science
Professor Glenda Halliday Member Expertise in clinical medicine/science
Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin Member Expertise in mental health research
Professor Raymond Chan Member Expertise in nursing
Professor Sarah Larkins Member Expertise in health services research
Professor David Preen Member Expertise in public health research
Professor Tony Capon Member Expertise in public health research
Professor Adrian Barnett Member Expertise in multidisciplinary research

 

Australian Health Ethics Committee 2021–2024:

Members Position Expertise
Professor Ingrid Winship AO Chair Expertise in ethics relating to research involving humans
Associate Professor Bernadette Richards Member Expertise in law
Professor Eleanor Milligan Member Knowledge of the ethics of medical research
Professor Ainsley Newson Member Expertise in philosophy
Dr David Kirchhoffer Member Expertise in religion
Associate Professor Marie‑Liesse Asselin-Labat Member Experience in medical research
Professor David Preen Member Experience in public health research
Associate Professor Alwin Chong Member Experience in social science research
Dr Alexandra Markwell Member Experience in clinical medical practice
Professor Emerita Mary Chiarella AM Member Experience in nursing or allied health practices
Associate Professor Stephen Adelstein Member Knowledge of the regulation of the medical profession
Mrs Lillian Leigh Member Understanding of health consumer issues
Professor Jackie Leach Scully Member Understanding of the concerns of people with disability
Professor Emeritus Peter O'Leary Member Expertise relevant to the functions of the committee
Professor Emma Kowal Member Expertise relevant to the functions of the committee

 

 

Health Research Impact Committee 2021–2024:

Members Position Expertise
Professor Emily Banks AM Chair Expertise in public health research and medical research issues
Ms Yvonne Parnell Members Expertise in consumer issues
Professor Gail Garvey Members Expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders
Ms Jennifer Herz Members Expertise in commercialisation
Dr Alastair Hick Members Expertise in commercialisation
Professor Paul Glasziou AO Members Expertise in health services research / health systems
Professor Anushka Patel Members Expertise in clinical medicine/science
Professor Jonathan Craig Members Expertise in clinical medicine/science
Professor Anne Chang AM Members Expertise in clinical medicine/science
Professor Emma Kowal Members Expertise in public health / population health
Professor Julie-Anne Leask Members Expertise in social science
Professor Billie Giles-Corti Members Expertise in multidisciplinary research
Mr Simon Deeming Members Expertise in multidisciplinary research
Professor Julian Grant Members Expertise in nursing
Associate Professor Enzo Porrello Members Expertise in basic science/research
Dr Shalin Naik Members Expertise in basic science/research

 

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