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Perkins Animal Ethics Committee

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (The Perkins) is Western Australia’s premier adult medical research institute. The Perkins has an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) to ensure the welfare of animals in research is fully considered, in accordance with the principles and responsibilities of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes  (The Code).

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About the position

The Perkins require a community representative to join their Animal Ethics Committee.

What am I expected to do?

The committee reviews new proposals for medical research and monitors ongoing activities involving the use of animals to ensure that the work is ethically acceptable and conforms to the requirements of The Code.

Committee members are required to read research applications and other papers prior to attending monthly meetings. There may be up to three hours of pre-reading, and monthly meetings are approximately four hours in length.


What skills or experience do I need?

  • Bring a broad perspective of community values towards the welfare of animals used in research
  • Experience on other committees
  • An interest in animal welfare
  • An interest in a broad range of medical research activities

Please note: you cannot be employed by or otherwise associated with the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (including as a consumer representative on any project at the Perkins) and you must never have been involved in the use of animals in scientific or teaching activities, either in your employment or beyond undergraduate education.

How long am I expected to be involved?

New members shall be appointed for an initial period of 12 months, which may be extended with the joint agreement of both parties. Subsequent terms of appointment will be for three years. There is no limit on the number of terms of appointment that a member may serve, provided that both parties are in agreement.

Where will meetings be held?

Most meetings will be held at the QEII campus in Nedlands, and occasionally at the Fiona Stanley campus in Murdoch.

What support is offered?

A sitting fee for each meeting is paid.

The Perkins will provide a full induction to the workings of the committee as well as ongoing support.

Applications close: 12 July 2019

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