Date published: 
16 December 2021
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Morrison Government has announced the membership of the Principal Committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for 2021–2024.

Professor Emily Banks AM will Chair the new Health Research Impact Committee, which will play a key role in advising NHMRC on strategies to promote and measure the impact of health research. This covers a broad range of research, including basic science, public health, clinical and health services and research to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Professor Banks has considerable experience, leading the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. She was formerly a member of NHMRC’s Research Committee and Deputy Chair of the NHMRC Alcohol Working Group.

Professor Steve Wesselingh, executive director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), will continue as Chair of Research Committee. The Research Committee advises on the distribution of funding and policies for the NHMRC grant program and on the scope and quality of health and medical research in Australia.

Professor Ingrid Winship AO, Professor of Adult Clinical Genetics at The University of Melbourne and former Executive Director of Research for Melbourne Health, will continue as Chair of the Australian Health Ethics Committee. The Australian Health Ethics Committee advises on ethical issues in health and on the development of health research guidelines.

Membership of the NHMRC Principal Committees brings together expertise in biomedical science, clinical and public health, nursing, ethics, social sciences, health care training and the medical profession, as well as business and consumer perspectives, and expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and of people with disability.

Together with the new Council, chaired by Professor Caroline Homer AO, NHMRC’s Principal Committees will support NHMRC in its mission of building a healthy Australia. I am particularly pleased to see the strong representation of women leadership on NHMRC’s Council and its Principal Committees. Of the 47 Principle Committee positions almost 60 percent are held by women, and two of the three chairs are women.

NHMRC is the nation’s leading body supporting Australia’s health and medical research capability, funding the best research and researchers, ensuring consistent health standards and advising on ethical issues in health. The Principal Committees support Council and provide expert advice reflecting a wide range of perspectives to the NHMRC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Anne Kelso AO, to support these functions.

I would like to thank all members of the former Principal Committees for their contributions and commitment to supporting the work of the NHMRC throughout the previous triennium (2018–2021).

NHMRC Principal Committee Membership Lists:

Research Committee 2021–2024:

Appointees

Position

Expertise

Professor Steve Wesselingh

Chair

Expertise in public health research and medical research issues

Ms Christine Gunson

Member

Expertise in consumer issues

Professor Yvette Roe

Member

Expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders

Professor Doug Hilton AO

Member

Expertise in basic science

Professor James McCluskey AO

Member

Expertise in basic science

Professor Fabienne Mackay

Member

Expertise in basic science

Dr Yee Lian Chew

Member

Expertise in basic science

Professor Anushka Patel

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Associate Professor Joshua Vogel

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Professor Glenda Halliday

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Member

Expertise in mental health research

Professor Raymond Chan

Member

Expertise in nursing

Professor Sarah Larkins

Member

Expertise in health services research

Professor David Preen

Member

Expertise in public health research

Professor Tony Capon

Member

Expertise in public health research

Professor Adrian Barnett

Member

Expertise in multidisciplinary research

Research Committee 2021–2024: 

Appointees

Position

Expertise

Professor Steve Wesselingh

Chair

Expertise in public health research and medical research issues

Ms Christine Gunson

Member

Expertise in consumer issues

Professor Yvette Roe

Member

Expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders

Professor Doug Hilton AO

Member

Expertise in basic science

Professor James McCluskey AO

Member

Expertise in basic science

Professor Fabienne Mackay

Member

Expertise in basic science

Dr Yee Lian Chew

Member

Expertise in basic science

Professor Anushka Patel

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Associate Professor Joshua Vogel

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Professor Glenda Halliday

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Member

Expertise in mental health research

Professor Raymond Chan

Member

Expertise in nursing

Professor Sarah Larkins

Member

Expertise in health services research

Professor David Preen

Member

Expertise in public health research

Professor Tony Capon

Member

Expertise in public health research

Professor Adrian Barnett

Member

Expertise in multidisciplinary research

Australian Health Ethics Committee 2021–2024:

Appointees

Position

Expertise

Professor Ingrid Winship AO

Chair

Expertise in ethics relating to research involving humans

Associate Professor Bernadette Richards

Member

Expertise in law

Professor Eleanor Milligan

Member

Knowledge of the ethics of medical research

Professor Ainsley Newson

Member

Expertise in philosophy

Dr David Kirchhoffer

Member

Expertise in religion

Associate Professor Marie‑Liesse Asselin-Labat

Member

Experience in medical research

Professor David Preen

Member

Experience in public health research

Associate Professor Alwin Chong

Member

Experience in social science research

Dr Alexandra Markwell

Member

Experience in clinical medical practice

Professor Emerita Mary Chiarella AM

Member

Experience in nursing or allied health practices

Associate Professor Stephen Adelstein

Member

Knowledge of the regulation of the medical profession

Mrs Lillian Leigh

Member

Understanding of health consumer issues

Professor Jackie Leach Scully

Member

Understanding of the concerns of people with disability

Professor Emeritus Peter O'Leary

Member

Expertise relevant to the functions of the committee

Professor Emma Kowal

Member

Expertise relevant to the functions of the committee

Health Research Impact Committee 2021–2024:

Appointees

Position

Expertise

Professor Emily Banks AM

Chair

Expertise in public health research and medical research issues

Ms Yvonne Parnell

Member

Expertise in consumer issues

Professor Gail Garvey

Member

Expertise in the health needs of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders

Ms Jennifer Herz

Member

Expertise in commercialisation

Dr Alastair Hick

Member

Expertise in commercialisation

Professor Paul Glasziou AO

Member

Expertise in health services research / health systems

Professor Anushka Patel

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Professor Jonathan Craig

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Professor Anne Chang AM

Member

Expertise in clinical medicine/science

Professor Emma Kowal

Member

Expertise in public health / population health

Professor Julie-Anne Leask

Member

Expertise in social science

Professor Billie Giles-Corti

Member

Expertise in multidisciplinary research

Mr Simon Deeming

Member

Expertise in multidisciplinary research

Professor Julian Grant

Member

Expertise in nursing

Associate Professor Enzo Porrello

Member

Expertise in basic science/research

Dr Shalin Naik

Member

Expertise in basic science/research

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