The Animal Welfare Committee advises us about policy issues on the use of animals in biomedical research.

Terms of Reference 

The terms of reference for the Animal Welfare Committee are:

  1. To advise NHMRC through Research Committee on issues pertaining to the care and use of animals in health and medical research, and the ethics of such use.
  2. To advise NHMRC on the regular review and, if necessary, revision of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and on the development and revision of other NHMRC documents related to using animals in health and medical research.

Committee operation

The Animal Welfare Committee is a working committee established under Section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. It is not an animal ethics committee (AEC) and does not perform the functions of an AEC as outlined in the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Enquiries

For further information about the Animal Welfare Committee, please contact ethics@nhmrc.gov.au

Chair,
Professor
Edna
Hardeman

Person with expertise in the use of animals for health and medical research

Declaration

  • Employed by an institution that uses animals in research.
  • Member of NHMRC Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panels.
  • NHMRC grant recipient.
  • Partner is employed at an institution overseeing research involving animals.

Dr
Simon
Bain

Person with expertise in veterinary science and the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

Declaration

  • Member of NHMRC Code Reference Group.
  • Lectures and presentations on animal ethics to relevant institutions and organisations.
  • Chair and member of several ethics panels and working groups.
  • Australian Animal Welfare Strategy grant recipient.

Associate Professor
Thomas
Burne

Person with expertise in the use of animals for health and medical research.

Declaration

  • Employed by an institution that uses animals in research
  • Member of NHMRC Assigners Academy, and Grant Review Panels
  • NHMRC grant recipient
  • Chair and member of an institutional animal ethics committee

Ms
Anna
Hall

Person with experience in furthering the welfare of animals

Declaration

  • Volunteer with a number of animal charities and animal welfare organisation.
  • Paid administrative and management work with an animal welfare organisation.
  • Previously employed by a state government as a project manager; specialised in mental health projects.

Dr
Mark
Lawrie

Person with expertise in veterinary science and the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

Declaration

  • Member of Australian Veterinary Association (AVA); member of AVA national board until 2012; President of AVA 2008‐2010; member of AVA.
  • Support for attending meetings on behalf of AVA.
  • Consultancy for Veterinary Schools Australasia Accreditation Committee.
  • Funds received for conference presentations about animal welfare and veterinary practice management.
  • Support for travel and accommodation for conference attendance.
  • Member of several advisory and review groups related to animal welfare.
  • Life member of RSPCA NSW.

Ms
Robin
Matthews

Person with an understanding of community attitudes to the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

Declaration

Category D member of an institutional animal ethics committee.

Dr
Carole
Webb

Person with experience in furthering the welfare of animals

Declaration

  • Lectures on the role of animal ethics committees at an institution.
  • Member of an institutional animal ethics committee.