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Vacancies - Southern Health and Disability Ethics Committee

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Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDEC's) are Ministerial advisory committees that are responsible for reviewing health and disability research applications to ensure they meet or exceed established ethical standards. There are four HDECs, based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

On behalf of Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health, we are seeking applications/nominations for two lay members, and two non-lay members; one with experience in the design and conduct of observational studies and one with experience in the design and conduct of intervention studies.

For the lay member applicants, you will ideally be able to provide one or more of the following skills:

  • perspectives of consumers of health and disability services;

  • perspectives of communities affected by health and disability service providers; or

  • expertise in ethics and/or moral reasoning.


You also 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.


The ideal applicants for the observational studies position will have had recent experience in managing research projects and have a thorough knowledge of observational research, ethical conduct of research and emerging research designs. An understanding of the National Ethics Advisory Committee Guidelines for Observational Studies is an advantage.


For all applicants, it is also desirable to have an understanding of tikanga Māori and the importance of health research as one mechanism to address health disparities for Māori.


This committee meets monthly in Christchurch and twice a year in Dunedin. 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 as ethics applications are lodged, assigned and viewed online on a secure portal.


In most instances, members may be paid up to two days per month for meetings and preparation at $250 per day. Members are paid for review of expedited applications on a pro rata daily rate. Some training is provided and members are paid to attend training outside of meeting days.   


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 Friday, 26 October 2018.


    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at

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