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INSIDE THIS ISSUE EXCITING LAUNCH

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Forming successful partnerships with influential collaborators, nationally and internationally...

Research Essentials: Developing Excellence in Research Design and Practice

A rapidly growing array of opportunities...

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THE PRAXIS WELCOME... to our first issue of THE PRAXIS – the official newsletter of PRAXIS Australia. We are delighted to bring this newsletter to you; to share some background to PRAXIS Australia, as well as inform you of the work we do and the courses and services we offer to support the research and research ethics sectors.

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PRAXIS Australia, an independent not-for-profit company was formed in 2015 as the result of a shared vision of three recognised authorities in research and research ethics - Bellberry Limited, University of Sydney and Monash University (via its partner, Global Reconciliation Ltd) . Our mission is to promote ethics in human research through education and practice. Since our inception, we have developed a range of learning opportunities ranging from online ethics training courses, through to nationally accredited training modules, and our recent introduction of national webinars and workshops. We are excited about the development and introduction of our online courses and other new services, made possible by our recently developed partnerships and built in response to demonstrated need.

In July 2016, we will be launching our flagship competency based training model - Research Essentials: Developing Excellence in Research Design and Practice. This model will provide a comprehensive and unique training experience for Researchers, Research Coordinators and Managers and the broader research workforce. This course will offer flexible, CPD accredited, modular based training that applies internationally accepted competency frameworks. PRAXIS Australia has partnered with Harvard University MRCT to bring this competency framework to the Australian research sector. Our aim is to be an education partner, to offer informative, flexible and innovative programs that will act as a catalyst for discussion and progress in the research sector. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of THE PRAXIS, and I look forward to keeping in touch. Melanie Gentgall CEO


PURPOSE, VISION AND VALUES

OUR PEOPLE THE BOARD The PRAXIS Board is comprised of a number of wellknown and respected experts in government policy, research and research ethics. Our Board, of nonexecutive directors, brings together a diverse range of expertise and extensive experience to guide PRAXIS now and into the future.

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 is committed to promoting ethics in human research by: Developing a range Designing resources of education seminars, and tools to enhance workshops and the ethical aspects of conferences. research and the research process. Facilitating discussion about research and ethics Contributing to in the research, health knowledge about ethics and academic sectors. and ethical practice in research. As part of our overall strategy, PRAXIS has adopted three key values which will guide all we do: PRAXIS is committed to ensuring broad and inclusive collaboration and to the promotion of excellence in research ethics via the provision of quality, accessible and responsive services. PRAXIS serves to enhance the understanding and practice of the ethical aspects of research involving human participants in Australia and internationally, and thereby enhance the welfare of research participants and the quality and effectiveness of research. PRAXIS aspires to become a nationally recognised and respected hub of information and resources to support the research ethics and research communities.

MALCOLM CROMPTON

MARK ALLEN

IAN KERRIDGE

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

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 of clients.

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 physician at Royal North Shore Hospital.

PAUL KOMESAROFF

AINSLEY NEWSON

PHILOMENA HORSLEY

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

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

Ainsley is Philomena Associate Professor is a medical in Bioethics in the anthropologist Centre for Values, with a broad Ethics and the interest in Law in Medicine gender, sexuality at the University and sexual of Sydney. health, disability, Ainsley’s special medical practice, interest is in and death and ethical issues in dying. genetics and human reproduction.

CHAIR For nearly 20 years, Malcolm has been at the forefront of public and private sector privacy law and policy developments in Australia and internationally. Malcolm brings extensive business and leadership skills to the Board of PRAXIS.


MEET THE TEAM We are pleased to introduce the PRAXIS Australia team to you...

MELANIE GENTGALL | CEO Melanie’s involvement in research began in 1996 and she has held a number of senior management roles across various disciplines and settings since that time. In 2006, with her clinician colleagues from the University of Adelaide, Melanie played a pivotal role in the establishment and ongoing management of the largest early phase clinical research facility in the South Australian University sector. When PRAXIS was founded in 2014, Melanie was invited to lead the company, bringing her experience in business establishment and her extensive research background. VICTORIA BALDWIN | COURSE MANAGER Victoria Baldwin is our online Course Manager. She is seconded through Monash University. She has a background in teaching, administration and events management in ethics promotion and global reconciliation. DR MEREDITH BLESING | PROJECT OFFICER Meredith has recently joined PRAXIS after spending much of her working life in the University sector in various roles including researcher, student supervisor and HREC administrator nationally and in New Zealand. Meredith is committed to promoting “good” research conduct through education and other support frameworks and to ensuring adherence to professional and personal integrity standards across the research workforce.

EXCITING PARTNERSHIPS

In our first year, we have formed a number of partnerships with influential collaborators both nationally and internationally. Our partner for the provision of VET accredited education and training through the School of Global and Urban Social Sciences (GUSS). In an Australian first, PRAXIS is working with the Harvard MRCT group to bring an internationally accepted list of competencies for the research workforce to the Australian research sector. Our work is part of a broader international collaboration and the experience with using and adapting these competencies to the Australian setting, will be fed back as part of an ongoing global conversation that aims to expand access to these standards across a wide variety of settings including under resourced and under skilled nations. In another Australian first, PRAXIS is working in partnership with one of the US’s oldest and most respected providers of IRB (HREC) education and training and will soon make available a suite of PRIM&R services for our local HREC and Research Integrity sectors. PRAXIS is supporting the work of one of Australia’s most highly regarded experts in the field of GCP training through a number of innovative models including a unique “Institutional” based training model. More information coming soon!

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RESEARCH ESSENTIALS DEVELOPING EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH DESIGN AND PRACTICE In July 2016, we will launch our flagship competency based training model that will provide a comprehensive and unique training experience for Researchers, Research Coordinators and Managers and the broader research workforce.

STEP STEP 1. 1. SELECT SELECT YOUR YOUR CORE CORE AREA AREA OFOF RESEARCH RESEARCH

This course will offer flexible, CPD accredited, modular based training that applies internationally accepted competency frameworks. PRAXIS Australia has partnered with Harvard University MRCT to bring this competency framework to the Australian research sector.

STEP STEP 2. 2. NOMINATE NOMINATE YOUR YOUR CURRENT CURRENT ROLE ROLE

CLINICAL CLINICAL TRIALS TRIALS

BENCH BENCH / BASIC / BASIC / LABORATORY / LABORATORY

PUBLIC PUBLIC HEALTH HEALTH

SOCIAL SOCIAL SCIENCES SCIENCES

RESEARCHER RESEARCHER RESEARCH RESEARCH MANAGER MANAGER RESEARCH RESEARCH CO-ORDINATOR CO-ORDINATOR RESEARCH RESEARCH GOVERNANCE GOVERNANCE RESEARCH RESEARCH INTEGRITY INTEGRITY

HUMANITIES HUMANITIES RESEARCH RESEARCH

PHARMACEUTICAL PHARMACEUTICAL / / INDUSTRY INDUSTRY

RESEARCH RESEARCH GOVERNANCE GOVERNANCE / / INTEGRITY INTEGRITY

INTERESTED?

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GENERATE THE PATHWAY TO YOUR LEARNING

LET THE SYSTEM CHOOSE THE BEST COURSE OF STUDY FOR YOU - OR CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATHWAY

COMMON COMPETENCY UNITS

SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS AND RESEARCH DESIGN

DATA MANAGEMENT AND DISSEMINATION

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN RESEARCH

RESEARCH CONDUCT GCP AND RESEARCH INTEGRITY

RESEARCH MANAGEMENT

COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP AND INTERPROFESSIONALISM

CPD / CME RECOGNISED TRAINING

ELECTIVE STUDY UNITS E SELECT FROM A VARIETY OF ELECTIVE MODULES TO MEET YOUR LEARNING GOALS

Contact PRAXIS Australia | Course Manager Call 03 9397 2058, email info@praxisaustralia.com.au or go to www.praxisaustralia.com.au

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SHORT COURSES

NATIONALLY ACCREDITED TRAINING

PRAXIS promotes the understanding and practice of ethical human research in Australia and internationally - to enhance the welfare of research participants and the quality and effectiveness of research.

PRAXIS is the only organisation in Australia currently providing nationally accredited training for the Human Research Ethics sector. This is made possible through our partnership with RMIT.

ONLINE ETHICS INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE RESEARCH ETHICS Our Online Ethics Training COURSE

RESEARCH ETHICS TRAINING COURSE

Course enables members and administrative staff of a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) to better understand the principles and values of ethical conduct and issues in research, with particular reference to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

PRAXIS, in collaboration with Monash Centre for Ethics and Medicine in Society (CEMS) and Sydney University’s Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM), offers a highly regarded Intensive Research Ethics Course that is convened by PRAXIS Directors Paul Komesaroff and Ian Kerridge, with a team of The course is designed guest presenters that are to be flexible, allowing recognised as some of students to learn at their own pace. We recommend Australia’s leading research ethics experts. that the course can be completed within The course is conducted three months, with a as a five day retreat and commitment on average is designed to assist of 1.5 hours of study time researchers, ethics per week. committee members and others involved in the conduct and assessment of research to understand and clarify the issues arising in relation to research of all kinds involving human participants.

Our nationally accredited Essential HREC Training Course provides a deeper understanding of the purpose and function of an HREC and all roles within the committees. The course is supported by leading experts in the field of Human Research Ethics and provides an important opportunity for students to engage with thought leaders and their peers in a supportive learning environment. The qualifications attained are recognised across other settings including tertiary academic institutions, providing a pathway to continued educational opportunities. During this course students will be involved in online and workshop learning environments. The workshops will be facilitated by leading Human Research Ethics experts and will be conducted at various locations nationally. Workshops can also be conducted locally, at site if appropriate. The anticipated course duration is 3 months, with an average commitment of 1.5 hours per week.

It aims to give registrants an appreciation of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying research involving human participants, an understanding of the issues relating to different research methodologies and research involving special populations and an ability to appreciate trials.

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RESEARCH ESSENTIALS

WEBINARS & WORKSHOPS

Developing Excellence in Research Design and Practice

We provide a variety of learning opportunities across areas of expressed interests facilitated by guest experts, our Directors or our team of contributors.

See it illustrated on earlier pages of this newsletter

PRAXIS is also delighted to announce the launch in July 2016 of our next education model Research Essentials: Developing Excellence in Research Design and Practice. This competency based model draws on a number of internationally accepted best practice frameworks and has been contextualised to reflect the needs of the Australian research sector. The course is comprised of 6 core competencies and a selection of electives, including over 90 distinct modules. The course is designed to allow students to select their own path of study or alternatively, the system can nominate the suggested path of study based on the student’s background and experience. The model has been guided and written by a group of over 60 of Australia’s leaders in the fields of research and research ethics and represents a new and innovative model of education for the Australian research workforce. The model is illustrated on earlier pages in this newsletter.

New workshops and webinars COMING SOON

PRIVACY IN RESEARCH WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Essential knowledge for those involved with the design, review and conduct of research. ‘Ethically good’ research design, review and conduct must include a consideration of the requirements that pertain to privacy and confidentiality. These small group workshops and webinars, presented by Anna Johnston (former Deputy Privacy Commissioner for NSW and founding Director of Salinger Privacy) on behalf of PRAXIS Australia are specifically designed to explain national and local privacy law, and its application to Research. These sessions are applicable to HREC members, Administrators, Researchers, Research governance officers, Research managers/coordinators.

SOCIAL MEDIA IN RESEARCH Essential knowledge for HREC Members, Administrators and Research Governance and Integrity Officers. Research commonly involves the use of various forms of social media to support recruitment and participant communications. This bridge between researchers, sites and participants is not without ethical considerations. During this 60 minute webinar we aim to raise awareness and increase understanding of the role of social media and its impact on research. Presenter, Michelle Gallaher is a key opinion leader on social media and digital marketing in the sciences. Michelle is the co-founder and Creative Director of The Social Science, a specialist consultancy helping organisations and individuals unlock the value of social media in the science and innovation industries.

We are always planning ahead… to bring you the most up-to-date information. Keep in touch by subscribing on our website to ensure you are kept informed of our future learning opportunities, so you don’t miss out on securing a place in a course that is of particular interest to you. Contact PRAXIS Australia | Course Manager Call 03 9397 2058, email info@praxisaustralia.com.au or go to www.praxisaustralia.com.au

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EVENTS

The 2016 Australasian Ethics Network Conference (AEN) “Research ethics in an age of advancing technology and innovation” will be held in Adelaide, 23-25 November 2016.

It is a pleasure to invite you to join us at the 2016 AEN Conference to be held in Adelaide’s rapidly growing research hub. The conference is brought to you as a result of the collaboration of Bellberry, PRAXIS Australia and the Australian Research Management Society (ARMS), in conjunction with our sponsor, the University of South Australia.

To find out more information about the conference or to submit an abstract, please visit the conference website: www.themeetingpeople.com.au/ aen2016/

Australasian Ethics Network Conference 2016

Research ethics in an age of advancing technology and innovation

23-25 November 2016 UniSA City West Campus

For information or support please contact us at any time

Call 08 8122 4576 Email info@praxisaustralia.com.au Click www.praxisaustralia.com.au 129 Glen Osmond Road Eastwood 5063 South Australia twitter.com/GentgallMelanie linkedin.com/in/melanie-gentgall-01b88139

*All information is correct at time of publication May 2016

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