AWC- Animal Welfare Committee

The Animal Welfare Committee is established as a working committee under Section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 to advise NHMRC 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 through Research Committee on issues pertaining to the care and use of animals in health and medical research, and the ethics of such use.
  2. To advise NHMRC on the regular review and, if necessary, revision of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and on the development and revision of other NHMRC documents related to using animals in health and medical research.

The Animal Welfare Committee will meet from time to time as required.

Mode of operation

The Animal Welfare Committee provides advice to NHMRC as per its terms of reference. The Animal Welfare Committee is not an animal ethics committee (AEC) and does not perform the functions of an AEC as outlined in the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Member information

Name / Position Area of Expertise
Professor Edna Hardeman

Chair

Person with expertise in the use of animals for health and medical research

Dr Simon Bain Person with expertise in veterinary science and the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
A/Professor Thomas Burne Person with expertise in the use of animals for health and medical research
Ms Anna Hall Person with experience in furthering the welfare of animals
Dr Mark Lawrie Person with expertise in veterinary science and the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
Ms Robin Matthews Person with an understanding of community attitudes to the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
Dr Carole Webb Person with experience in furthering the welfare of animals

The disclosed interests of members can be found below:

Contact for more information

Postal address

Director, Ethics and Governance Section

National Health and Medical Research Council

GPO Box 1421

CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email address

ethics@nhmrc.gov.au