Justin Withers

Director of Policy and Integrity, Australian Research Council

Justin is currently the Director of Policy and Integrity at the Australian Research Council (ARC). Justin and his team has carriage of all things research integrity for the ARC, including the ARC’s Research Integrity and Research Misconduct Policy and processes, as well as secretariat support for the Australian Research Integrity Committee. In addition to research integrity, Justin’s team has responsibility for the ARC’s international engagement strategy and outreach, general policy development and advice, risk management and secretariat support for the ARC Advisory Council.  Within the ARC, Justin has previously led the Parliamentary team and contributed to policy around the Australian Government’s successful Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. Prior to joining the ARC, Justin worked at the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research leading a small team that delivered over AUD1.6 billion annually to eligible Australian higher education providers as block grants for research and research training, through a number of performance-based schemes. Justin has also led teams responsible for the management and delivery of Australian Government international science support programs–International Science Linkages (AUD95 million) and Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AUD70 million). Justin has also been responsible for providing secretariat support to the Chief Scientist of Australia and the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) and a number of its working groups. Before joining the Australian Public Service in 1999, Justin played professional basketball both nationally and internationally, representing Australia on a number of occasions.

Susan Smith

Clinical Research Coordinator: Cardiothoracic Surgery Program, The Prince Charles Hospital

Susan Smith is contributing to the Ethical Governance of Human Research Data in the Age of Genomics Workshop. Susan is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Cardiothoracic Surgery program at The Prince Charles Hospital. She has 30 years’ experience as a hospital scientist including in therapeutic tissue transplantation; basic, clinical, and health services research and education; managing clinical registers in support of Audit and Research. Her focus has been to facilitate evidence-based decision making in clinical practice and motivate innovation through better use of our data resources. She is a qualified epidemiologist, a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics, a Certified Health Informatician of Australia and has been Vice Chair/ Chair of the Qld branch of the Health Informatics Society of Australia for 10 years. Susan Smith, BSc (Hons), MEpi, FACHI, CHIA

Dr Geraldene Mackay

Clinical Social Worker

Dr Geraldene Mackay is one of the presenters of the Ethical Governance of Human Research Data in the Age of Genomics Workshop. Geraldene Mackay, PhD (Health Sciences, La Trobe, Bundoora) BSW(Hons), is a practicing Clinical Social Worker in Victoria, Australia.  Geraldene has practiced in mental health Social Work and research in a variety of contexts including academia, corrections, aged care, homelessness, domestic violence, social work supervision as well as general mental health practice.  Geraldene has a strong interest in the consumer/patient experience of biobanking and genetics and how consumer/patient rights can be maximised in the rapidly evolving genomic research environment.      

Professor Robert Sparrow

BA (Hons) (Melb.), PhD (A.N.U.) Rob Sparrow is a Professor in the Philosophy Program, a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct Professor in the Monash Bioethics Centre, at Monash University, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. He has been an ARC Future Fellow, a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Visiting Fellow at Kyoto University, a Visiting Fellow in the CUHK Centre for Bioethics, in the Faculty of Medicine, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, at the National University of Singapore. He has published widely, in both academic journals and the popular press, on the ethics of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, human cloning, artificial gametogenesis, and human enhancement.

Claire Smith-Moloney

University of the Sunshine Coast

Claire is one of the presenters of the Ethical Governance of Human Research Data in the Age of Genomics Workshop.  

Associate Professor Andrew Crowden

Bioethicist and Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Queensland (UQ)

Associate Professor Andrew Crowden is one of the presenters of the Ethical Governance of Human Research Data in the Age of Genomics Workshop. Andrew is a Bioethicist and Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Queensland (UQ). Andrew is research ethics stream leader for the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) Chairperson of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Ethics Committee.

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh is one of the presenters of the Research Integrity Workshop. Manager, Research Ethics and Integrity, Office of research Ethics and Integrity, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  For 15 years, Anne has worked in number of roles relating to clinical and research ethics and research governance and integrity. She has been a member of human research ethics committees in the public and private health sector. Anne has degrees in science, philosophy and law. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Law Faculty, QUT.

Dr Conor Brophy

Mater Health Services and Queensland University of Technology

Dr Conor Brophy is one of the presenters of the Research Integrity Workshop. Conor has been a member of human research ethics committees in UK and Australia for 20 years.  She chairs the Mater Misericordiae Ltd HREC and the Queensland University of Technology HREC, reviewing human research from all faculties. She has degrees in medicine, bioethics and clinical research and previously worked in health and pharma research and clinical governance.

Sara Potts

Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Sara Potts is one of the presenters of the HREC Members Training Workshop. Sara manages the operations of the THHS Human Research Ethics Committee and provides advice on ethical matters in relation to research and applying National and International ethics guidelines for conducting research. Sara has over 10 years’ experience in health and research sectors, and is also studying majors in Tropical Health and Society, and Indigenous Australian Studies at James Cook University.

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