Program

AEN 2018 will be held under the theme of “Bridging the Barriers – Understanding misconceptions”. 

Despite the introduction of legislation and guidelines for the conduct of research a divide still remains between the public, researchers, and ethics review bodies. For example: do research participants really understand what they are consenting to? Why is consumer engagement not yet fully understood by researchers? How to promote research integrity? Why is there a gap between what researchers want to do and what a review body will approve?

These topics will be among a diverse range of themes to be discussed at the 2018 Australasian Ethics Network (AEN) Conference, with an aim to bridging the barriers, thus facilitating high quality research. The conference organisers have reviewed pervious feedback from the 2014 and 2016 AEN conferences and have developed session themes which will embrace all research paradigms.

Three key session themes will be featured throughout the program:

The program will run over the course of 3 days and include professional development workshops, plenary lectures and concurrent sessions. The Conference Organising Committee are busy planning the program and further details will be provided when available.

Wednesday, 26th September

7:30am - 8:30am

Conference Registration

8:30am - 12:30pm

Morning Workshops

Consent in Research Workshop | Savoy Room

Presenters: Professor Ian Kerridge and Professor Paul Komesaroff. Sponsored by PRAXIS

Research Integrity Workshop | Kingston Room

Presenters: Dr Jillian Barr and Ms Anne Walsh

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Afternoon Workshops

HREC Members Training Workshop | Savoy Room

Presenters: Dr Conor Brophy and Ms Sara Potts

Ethical Governance of Human Research in the Age of Genomics | Kingston Room

Presenters: A/Professor Andrew Crowden and Dr Richard Roylance

Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workshop | Raffles Room

Presenters: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James and Chrissy Grant

6:00pm - 8:30pm

Civic Welcome Reception | Mayoral Forecourt, Council Building in Townsville

Hosted by the Townsville Mayor

Opening Address: Professor Ian Olver AM

Thursday, 27th September

7:30am - 8:30am

Conference Registration

Foyer

8:45am - 9:00am

Welcome

Grand Ballroom

9:00am - 10:30am

Keynote Speakers

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Professor Yvonne Cadet-James

Joint Topic: Update on the NHMRC Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

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Ms Chrissy Grant

Joint Topic: Update on the NHMRC Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

10:30am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

Foyer

11:00am - 12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Further details to be confirmed

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch

Foyer

1:30pm - 2:45pm

Keynote Speakers

Grand Ballroom

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Jeremy Kenner

Joint Topic: Update on the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research

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Professor Wendy Rogers

Joint Topic: Update on the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Short Break

Foyer

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

Further details to be confirmed

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Afternoon Tea

Foyer

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Invited Speaker

Grand Ballroom

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Professor Sasha (Alexandra) Aikhenvald

Topic: Ethical considerations and challenges of conducting research with overseas communities and peoples, especially in regards to cultural considerations

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Conference Gala Dinner

Friday, 28th September

7:30am - 9:00am

Conference Registration

Foyer

9:00am - 9:10am

Welcome

Grand Ballroom

9:10am - 10:30am
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Keynote Speaker

Jillian Barr

Grand Ballroom

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Justin Withers

Update on the Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

10:30am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

Foyer

11:00am - 12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Further details to be confirmed

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch

Foyer

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Keynote Speaker

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Professor Robert Sparrow

Topic: Regulating Research on 'Revolutionary' Technologies

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Tea

Foyer

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

Further details to be confirmed

4:00pm - 4:15pm

End of Conference - Wrap Up

Thursday, 27th September

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Conference Gala Dinner

Further information on the dinner venue will be advised when available.

Please note: Conference Dinner Tickets are not included in full conference registrations. Tickets are to purchased in addition to your registration.

Wednesday, 26th September

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

The Conference Welcome Reception will be held at the Mayoral Forecourt at the Council Building in Townsville. Further information will be advised when available.

Please note: a Welcome Reception Ticket is included in full conference registrations. Additional Tickets may be purchased for guests.

Social Program

Wednesday, 26th September

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

The Conference Welcome Reception will be held at the Mayoral Forecourt at the Council Building in Townsville. Further information will be advised when available.

Please note: a Welcome Reception Ticket is included in full conference registrations. Additional Tickets may be purchased for guests.

Thursday, 27th September

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Conference Gala Dinner

Further information on the dinner venue will be advised when available.

Please note: Conference Dinner Tickets are not included in full conference registrations. Tickets are to purchased in addition to your registration.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Five half day pre-conference workshops will run on Wednesday 26th September 2018.

Wednesday, 26th September

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Consent Workshop (Sponsored by PRAXIS)

Professor Ian Kerridge

8:30am - 12:30pm

This workshop will cover: Capacity to consent: Own consent; substitute decision maker for adults consent; parental / legal guardian consent. Approaches to consent: full consent; opt out; waiver of consent. Ascertaining level of risk and consent. Consent in different situations, e.g online research. Further information will be advised when available.

Wednesday 26th September

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Research Integrity Workshop

Jillian Barr

Presenters: Jillian Barr, Dr Kandy White and Ms Anne Walsh.

Kingston Room

8:30am - 12:30pm

With the recent implementation of the revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code), this workshop will explore the NHMRC’s role in managing and responding to research misconduct. This will be followed by a discussion on the development of the NHMRC Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research which was an integral part of the Code’s revision. The workshop will conclude with insights from an Institutional perspective of how the revised National Code and guide have been implemented at the coalface of research.

8:30am - 9:15am
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Jillian Barr

Overview of the revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (suggesting - background to the revision, forces for the review, and processes undertaken).

9:15am - 10:00am

Dr Kandy White

Background to the development of the BPG Guide to investigating and management potential breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (suggesting - background to the revision, forces for the review, development process, what this means for large and small institutions).

10:00am - 10:30am

Break

10:30am - 11:45am
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Anne Walsh

Institutional perspective on the implementation of the BPG (suggesting – implementation of the BPG and researcher support to promote RRP).

11:45am - 12:30pm

Panel discussion Jillian Barr, Dr Kandy White and Anne Walsh.

Wednesday 26th September

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Ethical Governance of Human Research Data in the Age of Genomics Workshop

Associate Professor Andrew Crowden

1:00pm - 5:00pm

It is reasonable to expect that contemporary genomic data governance arrangements should be developed to respect humans and non-human animals, promote fair distribution of benefits, foster trust, reciprocity and integrity while offering support to the advancement of research and scientific knowledge. If governance is inclusive, sustainable and responsive to current and future scientific developments then it is likely to be practically useful and ethical. Many will benefit. In this workshop, key challenges associated with the ethical governance of new [global] hybrid genomic data infrastructures (including genomic biobanks) will be identified and briefly discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to consider cases and make suggestions in response to practical examples. The Australian context is used as an initial focus for discussion. However, the claims and suggestions are applicable anywhere. They are particularly pertinent to situations where the scientific reliance on new hybrid genomic data infrastructures is outpacing considered ethical analysis.

Wednesday 26th September

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HREC Members Training Workshop

Dr Conor Brophy

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Sara Potts

Savoy Room

1:00pm - 5:00pm

The workshop will provide an opportunity for Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members and Human Research Ethics Administrators/Coordinators/Advisors to refresh their knowledge on research ethics theory and deliberation. The workshop will briefly explore the principles set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, and utilise them in practice via application to a range of example research projects, and discuss conclusions and reasoning. The aim of the workshop is to elucidate the wide applicability of the research ethics principles and how they may be balanced in review of research.

Wednesday 26th September

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Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workshop

Professor Yvonne Cadet-James

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Ms Chrissy Grant

Raffles Room

1:00pm - 5:00pm

This workshop will cover: How to conduct consumer engagement. Reflecting on different population sizes in research depending on research location . Ethical consideration when conducting research with First Nations peoples. Update on revised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics guidelines document.

AABHL Conference

The AABHL Conference will be occurring prior to the AEN Conference at the Rydges Townsville from the 23rd to the 25th September 2018.

 

Pre-Conference Workshops will be available on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September. Workshop fees are an additional cost to both AABHL and AEN delegates. To book, click here.

 

To view the full AABHL Conference program, click here.

Saturday, 22 September

8:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

1:30pm - 5:30pm

Clinical Ethics Workshop

This workshop is designed for those involved in the provision of clinical ethics support within organisations (such as clinical ethics committee members, clinical ethicists and clinicians). Sessions will explore various aspects of clinical ethics support including advocacy, resource allocation, and the skills of conducting effective case consultations. Afternoon workshop including afternoon tea. $80 per person. Book during registration for the AABHL conference; non-delegates are welcome.

Sunday, 23rd September

8:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

9:00am - 12:00pm

Postgraduate Student Group

Morning workshop including morning tea. $15 per person. Book during registration; non-delegate students are welcome.

11:00am

AABHL Conference Registration Open

11:30am

Committee Meeting

1:00pm - 1:15pm

Welcome to Delegates

1:15pm - 2:30pm

Kirby Oration

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Tea

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor

Townsville Yacht Club

Monday, 24th September

8:00am

Registration Open

9:00am - 11:05am

Concurrent Sessions

11:05am - 11:30am

Morning Tea

11:30am - 12:15pm

Invited Speaker

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Invited Speaker

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Lunch

2:30pm - 3:35pm

Concurrent Sessions

3:35pm - 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea

4:00pm - 5:35pm

Concurrent Sessions

6:00pm

Empirical Bioethics Stream Networking Meeting

6:00pm

Public Lecture - Integrity in Health Research

Tuesday, 25th September

8:00am

Registration Open

9:00am - 10:35am

Concurrent Sessions

10:35am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

11:00am - 12:00pm

Invited Speaker

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm - 2:45pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:45pm

Afternoon Tea

3:40pm - 4:20pm

Invited Speaker

4:20pm - 4:20pm

Close

5:45pm - 10:00pm

Conference Dinner

The program information on this website is correct at the time of providing, however, the organisers reserve the right to change the information where necessary without notice.