The Consumers’ Federation of Australia is seeking nominations for a community and consumer representative to sit on the Organ and Tissue Working Committee (OTWC). The Committee will assist the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in its review of the ethical guidelines governing organ and tissue donation

The Committee will play an integral role in the process of reviewing the following guidelines:

  • Organ and tissue donation after death, for transplantation – Guidelines for ethical practice for health professionals, 2007;
  • Making a decision about organ and tissue donation after death, 2007;
  • Organ and tissue donation by living donors – Guidelines for ethical practice for health professionals, 2007;
  • Making a decision about living organ and tissue donation, 2007;
  • Ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors, 2016.

The Committee will review and advise upon the above, identify ways to make the guidelines more cohesive and advise on the development of specific organ and tissue donation guidelines in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

CFA will nominate a person with experience or expertise in community and consumer issues related to transplantation, donation and/or health ethics.

NHMRC is currently seeking nominations for appointment to the Committee for the period to 30 December 2019. Please note that a number of organisations, including CFA, will put forward nominations, and there is no guarantee that CFA’s nominee will be appointed.

Prospective nominees should be familiar with NHMRC’s disclosure of interests policy.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to CFA by Tuesday 30 May. Applications can be sent to info@consumersfederation.org.au

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