A Shared Vision

PRAXIS aims to be a hub, a central place that facilitates and fosters the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge, through education, training and other interactive forums.

PRAXIS achieves this by:

  • education and training, seminars, workshops and conferences;
  • facilitation of discussions about research and ethics in the research, health care, academic and wider communities;
  • development of resources and tools to enhance the ethical aspects of research and the research process;
  • contributions to knowledge about ethics and ethical practice in research and the ethical aspects of research, research practice and regulation;
  • provision of consultative and educational services to individuals and organisations involved in research

Our Member Organisations

PRAXIS brings together a number of the most influential and significant leaders in research ethics and research nationally.

Bellberry Limited

Bellberry Limited is a national, private not-for-profit organisation providing streamlined scientific and ethical review of human research projects across Australia. Bellberry aims to promote and improve the welfare of research participants and the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of research.

NHMRC certified, and recognised in the McKeon review as a Best Practice example, Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) are professionally managed and operate 24/7 through a dedicated electronic portal providing a paperless and secure HREC process.

Bellberry exists to promote and improve the welfare of research participants and the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of research by:

  • providing Human Research Ethics Committees which set the benchmark for ethical review and enhance Australia’s competitive position in clinical trials research, and
  • financially supporting medical research in Australia.

In 2014, Bellberry provided review for approximately 1/3 of all TGA CTN applications in Australia, across their 5 Human Research Ethics Committees.

As a not-for-profit, Bellberry returns all of its surplus funds to the research community, via various grant funding projects across a broad range of indications and areas of potential importance to the Australian community broadly.

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Monash University via Global Reconciliation

The Centre for Ethics and Medicine in Society is an independent body engaged in research, education and practice in relation to the ethical aspects of medicine, health care and the biological sciences. It works broadly and collaboratively with individuals and organisations around the world from clinical, academic, educational and community backgrounds to enhance understanding and to build capacity in these fields.

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Global Reconciliation is an Australian-led, global initiative that promotes dialogues and practical engagements across cultural, political, racial, religious, national and other differences. We facilitate and research reconciliation practice, partnerships and learning, both locally and globally. We bring together theory and practice to explore the potential of everyday activities – such as healthcare, spirituality, sport, and the arts – to foster reconciliation. We aim to draw together the diverse resources of communities around the world to conduct projects which enhance learning, understanding, health and wellbeing. Our work is community based rather than political or diplomatic. We believe that focused efforts are necessary to develop dialogue, understanding and relationships between people and groups.

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University of Sydney

Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM)

The Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) is a research and teaching Centre within the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

Since our establishment in 1995 we have become one of the largest bioethics centres in Australia and internationally.

Our team includes academics, research fellows and research students working on a wide range of ethical issues. These include public health ethics, clinical ethics, research ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of biotechnology including genetic technology, and the ethics of drug policy and development.

VELiM also has a long history of conducting empirical social science research, often informed by and informing ethical questions. We have a thriving program of empirical and theoretical research funded by the NHMRC, ARC, and other sources.

We teach two postgraduate programs, one in Qualitative Health Research and one in Bioethics.

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Introducing Our Board of Directors

The PRAXIS Board of Dircetors is comprised of a number of well-known and respected experts in government policy, research and research ethics. They include: Paul Komesaroff, Ian Kerridge, Malcolm Crompton, Mark Allen,  Philomena Horsley and Lilon Bandler. The composition of our Board brings together a diverse range of expertise and extensive experience to guide PRAXIS now and into the future.

PRAXIS Australia Limited is governed by a board of non-executive directors. The Board is charged with the responsibility of achieving the objectives of the company as set out in the company’s constitution. The Board discharges these responsibilities through the setting of the company’s strategic direction and goals, in consultation with management, within the context of those company objectives, and then through its adopted governance structures and policies reports on, oversees and monitors the ongoing performance of management and the company in the achievement of those strategies and goals.

MALCOLM CROMPTON

Malcolm is the Managing Director of Information Integrity Solutions Pty Ltd (IIS), a global consultancy specialising in data protection and privacy strategies.

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MARK ALLEN

DIRECTOR

MARK ALLEN

Mark is a Director of Tilbrook Rasheed Chartered Accountants, and has over 15 years experience providing comprehensive business services and taxation advice to a diverse range...

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IAN KERRIDGE

DIRECTOR

IAN KERRIDGE

Ian Kerridge is Professor in Bioethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney and Staff Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant...

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PAUL KOMESAROFF

DIRECTOR

PAUL KOMESAROFF

Paul is a practicing physician and Professor of Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne and Executive Director of the international NGO Global Reconciliation.

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LILON BANDLER

DIRECTOR

LILON BANDLER

A/Professor Bandler has worked in general practice for many years and currently provides GP locum services for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to rural and remote western New South Wales.

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PHILOMENA HORSLEY

Philomena is a medical anthropologist with a broad interest in gender, sexuality and sexual health; disability; medical practice; and death and dying.

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Our Advisory Committees

We have established a number of Advisory Committees, bringing together leaders in research and research ethics across Australia. The role of these commitees is to guide our course design, content and processes and to assist in the implementation of strategies and mechanisms for community and professional engagement in discussion and promotion of the quality of human research.

DR KAROLYN WHITE

CHAIR

Director, Research Ethics and Integrity, Macquarie University

PROFESSOR JAMES TOOULI

DEPUTY CHAIR

Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Flinders University
Chair, Committee B, Bellberry Limited HREC

PROFESSOR COLIN THOMSON

Professor & Academic Leader, Health Law and Ethics, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

SHARON FALLEIRO

Manager, Sydney LHD Research Ethics and Governance Office

DR SUZANNE HASTHORPE

Manager, Coordinating Office for Clinical Trial Research
Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

DR AINSLEY NEWSON (Ex Officio)

Senior Lecturer in Bioethics, University of Sydney

DR NIKOLA STEPANOV

Chair, Townsville Hospital & Health Services HREC
Academic, School of Medicine, University of Queensland

Competency-based Training Models for the Australian Research Sector - Advisory Committees

PRAXIS Australia is now building competency-based training models for Researchers, Investigators, Research Managers and Research Co-ordinators.These courses will be launched in mid 2016.

The models are based around the internationally designed and endorsed Competency Domains for Research Professionals, created by an international joint task force as part of a core project of the Harvard MRCT. PRAXIS Australia is the Australian local partner of the Harvard MRCT, and will use the established competency domains to develop training courses specific to the needs of the Australian Research sector.

Researcher/Investigator Training Model Advisory Committee

PROFESSOR IAN KERRIDGE (CHAIR)
Director, PRAXIS Australia
Professor of Bioethics and Medicine at VELiM and Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant Physician at Royal North Shore Hospital 

DR MARK BLOCH
Director of the Clinical Research Unit at Holdsworth House, co-joint lecturer in Medicine at the University of NSW

PROFESSOR FRANCES BOYLE, AM
Professor of Medical Oncology & Director of Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care and Research, Mater Hospital

PROFESSOR PHYLLIS BUTOW
NHMRC Principal Research fellow, Co-director of the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED) and Chair of the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG).

MELANIE GENTGALL (ex-officio)
CEO, PRAXIS Australia Ltd

PROFESSOR DAVID ISAACS
Clinical Professor, Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

PROFESSOR JOHN MCGRATH, AM
The University of Queensland Department of Psychiatry and the Queensland Brain Institute.

A/PROF MEGAN MUNSIE
Head of the Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit at Stem Cells Australia. 

PROFESSOR BRUCE NEAL
Senior Director at The George Institute for Global Health, Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health. 

PROFESSOR MARGARET ROSE
Professor (Conjoint) Medicine,Prince of Wales Clinical School, UNSW. 

EMERITUS PROFESSOR LLOYD SANSOM, AO
Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia,Senior Advisor Department of Health and Ageing - National Medicines Policy Framework

LAUREATE PROFESSOR ROB SANSON FISHER
Director of the University of Newcastle's Centre for Health Behaviour and co-leader of Hunter Medical Research Institute's Public Health Program.

A/PROF SURESH SUNDRAM
Unit Head of Adult Psychiatry, Monash Medical Centre. Head, Molecular Psychopharmacology Laboratory - Mental Health Research Institute VIC

DR MELANIE THOMSON
Lecturer and Reseearch Leader, School of Medicine Deakin University, Executive Member, Women in Science Australia

SARAH TOHILL
Clinical Operations Process and Training Manager at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. 

EMERITUS PROFESSOR JAMES (Jim) TOOULI
Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Flinders University and founder of the Adelaide Bariatric Centre.

JEFF WALL
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Paratus Clinical Pty Ltd. 

PROFESSOR JOHN ZALCBERG, OAM
Professor of Cancer Research in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.  ACTA founding member

Adj/A/PROF NIK ZEPS
Colorectal Cancer Research Unit (SJoG) and Adj/A/Prof School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The University of Western Australia.

Research Manager/Coordinator Training Model Advisory Committee

PROFESSOR IAN KERRIDGE (CHAIR)
Director, PRAXIS Australia
Professor of Bioethics and Medicine at VELiM and Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant Physician at Royal North Shore Hospital 

MELANIE GENTGALL (ex-officio)
CEO, PRAXIS Australia Ltd

GAIL GRANT
General/Research Manager of Emeritus Research

DR JACQUI WATERKYN
Associate Director, Sponsor Operations at Orygen, The National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health

DR JANELLE BOWDEN
Clinical Research Consultant, AccessCR Pty Ltd

SUE JENKINS-MARSH
Research Unit Manager at QH Townsville Hospital

DR FRANZISKA LOEHRER
Clinical Research Consultant, Wahoo Clinical

JENNY McGRATH
Senior Coordinator and Researcher, SA Health 

DR SUZANNE ELLIOTT
Operations Manager at Q-Pharm Pty Limited

AMANDA JUBB
Director, Project Operations George Clinical

TEO FRANIC
Clinical Operations Manager, CMAX

JO BENHAMU
Clinical Trial Coordinator Radiation Oncology 

REBECCA MISTER
Site Manager, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney

LESLEY POULTON
Manager, Clinical Haematology Trials Group Monash University