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Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Ministry of Health
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Expert on Ethical and Moral Reasoning - Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee.


Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs) are Ministerial advisory committees established under section 11 of the Public Health and Disability Act 2000. There are four national HDECs, based in Auckland (Northern A and Northern B HDECs), Wellington (Central HDEC) and Christchurch (Southern HDEC). The HDECs review health and disability research applications to ensure they meet or exceed established ethical standards.


On behalf of Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health, we are seeking applications/nominations for a member with experience and expertise in ethical and moral reasoning on Central HDEC. The position is a lay membership role, and to qualify for lay membership you must not:


  • have been registered as a health practitioner in the last five years

  • be involved, or employed by an organisation which is primarily involved in health and disability research.


This committee meets monthly in Wellington. Members are sent agenda papers at least one week in advance of the meeting. Members may be asked to do additional work between meetings reviewing expedited review applications and amendments within set timeframes. You will need to have a computer and internet access and be competent online to assess complex applications which are lodged, assigned and viewed online on a secure portal. New member training is provided.


In most instances, members may be paid up to two days per month for meeting/meeting preparation at $250 per day. However, there will be instances where meetings may take three days, or where expedited review work may be required. In these situations, members will be paid up to a maximum of four days per month at $250 per day.


HDECs are operational decision-making committees and meetings are open to the public. Interested applicants are welcome to attend a scheduled meeting to observe the process. Please see HDECs' website for more information and meeting dates: (


To apply, please provide a:

  • completed declaration form (attached) for the relevant position

  • covering letter, detailing your experience that is relevant to the Ministerial Advisory Committee to which you are applying for and why the position is of interest

  • current CV.


To nominate someone, please:

  • provide a covering letter, detailing your nomination, and the nominee's experience that is relevant to the responsible authority, and why the position is of interest

  • a declaration form (attached), completed by the candidate for the relevant position

  • the candidate's current CV.



You must be a New Zealand resident and reside in New Zealand in order to be considered for the role. Please note that core public servants are also generally not considered for this role.



Nominations/applications must be made using the Ministry of Health online recruitment tool, and close Wednesday, 20 June 2018.


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