Member of the Health and Disability Ethics Committees | Wellington/Auckland/Christchurch/Dunedin
|Category:||Policy and Advisory|
|Position Type:||Fixed Term Contract|
|Attachments:|| Declaration Form - blank.docx (Word, 64KB)
Declaration Form - blank.docx (Word, 64KB)
|Application Close Date:||31-Jan-2022|
Te Manatū Hauora | The Ministry of Health is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment to the Health and Disability Ethics Committee (HDECs). The HDECs are established under section 11 of the New Zealand public Health and Disability Act 2000 (the Act) and are responsible for reviewing health and disability research applications to ensure they meet or exceed established ethical standards. There are four HDECs scattered across New Zealand that meet monthly online.
Kōrero mōu | About you
Te Manatū Hauora is seeking applications for the following positions:
- Two layperson members who can provide a community perspective on health and disability research. Ideally the member could speak to issues and experiences of disabled people and/or Māori or Pacific communities. Previous governance experience is not required. These members will be joining the ‘Northern B' and ‘South' committee.
- One non-layperson member with expertise in intervention studies. This member will be joining the ‘Northern A' Committee.
- One non-lay member with expertise in the provision of health and disability services. This member will be joining the ‘Northern B' Committee.
To qualify for the lay membership positions, you must not:
- have been registered as a health practitioner in the last five years
- be involved, or employed by an organisation which is primarily involved in health and disability research.
Candidates will benefit from having an understanding of health and disability research, and an interest in improving the health outcomes from all New Zealanders. The ideal candidates will also have:
- an understanding of tikanga Māori and the importance of health research as one mechanism to address health disparities for Māori and an understanding of how those with a disability may be impacted by health research.
The Government recognises that diversity enables our Boards and Committees to be high-performing, and is committed to delivering greater diversity in statutory boards and ensuring they represent the diversity in New Zealand's population, including gender, ethnicity, age and geographic location. Having diverse membership on the HDECs is particularly important, as committee decisions effect the health outcomes of all New Zealanders. Te Manatū Hauora encourages people from all backgrounds, especially those who can reflect the needs, values, and beliefs of Māori, have an understanding and are committed to meeting obligations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to apply for these roles.
Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role
You will need to have computer access and skills, as applications are lodged, assigned and viewed online. Strong internet connections are necessary - as committee meetings are undertaken via video conferencing.
For new members there is a full-day training event that will be held in person in Wellington – this is scheduled for 17 March 2022.
The successful candidates will need to be available for full-day committee meetings one Tuesday a month, on a rolling basis. Generally committee members should expect up-to one day of preparation for a full meeting with both the meetings and preparation paid at a daily rate.
There is also the opportunity for members to undertake work between meetings: to review lower risk applications and post-meeting approval items such as progress reports or amendments. This additional work is not mandatory, but the ideal candidate would be able to support the work of the HDECs between the regular full meetings.
These committees meet monthly. The 2022 dates for the HDEC committee meetings are available online (linked below). Candidates can apply for any committee regardless of location as all meetings occur online.
Link to 2022 committee meeting dates: https://ethics.health.govt.nz/about/meeting-dates-venues-and-minutes/
Me pēhea te tono | How to apply
Applications must be made using the Ministry of Health's online Career Centre and closes Monday 31 January 2022.
To apply for these positions, please complete the application and declaration form provided in the advertisement.
All applications require the following:
- a completed declaration form (attached)
- a covering letter
- a current CV.
Background checks will be undertaken for shortlisted applicants. Your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.
The appointment process is lengthy and your patience and professionalism as we work through the next steps is appreciated. The outcome of the recruitment process for this committee will be confirmed after it has been considered by Cabinet's Appointments and Honours Committee.
Ko wai mātou | Who we are
See theManatū Hauora Board appointments webpage for more information. If you would like to obtain further information or clarification, or if your circumstances change or should you wish to withdraw your application, please contact the Appointments team by emailing: email@example.com
Due to the significant number of applications received, we are not in a position to individually notify candidates that they have been unsuccessful. When appointments are made, they will be published on the New Zealand Gazette website and linked to te Manatū Hauora Board appointments webpage and we encourage you to check these sites for updates. However, unsuccessful shortlisted candidates will be notified of the Minister's decision.