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Adventist HealthCare Ltd Ethics Committee

The Adventist HealthCare Limited Ethics Committee is a registered Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00141).

The primary function of the Committee is to facilitate ethical and safe research, and to protect the welfare, rights, dignity and safety of participants in any human research conducted within Adventist HealthCare Limited. The Committee provides independent review of research proposals in accordance with the guidelines established by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Committee is comprised of a group of dedicated members, including community representatives, with expertise in the types of research conducted at the hospital. The Committee is constituted and operates in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the CPMP/ICH Note for Guidance on Good Clinical Practice.

History of the Ethics Committee

During the 1980s Dr H E Clifford, General Superintendent of Sydney Adventist Hospital, together with Dr Tom Ludowici, a Senior Chaplain, played a pioneering role within Seventh-day Adventist healthcare in Australia in promoting discussion of bioethical issues from a Christian perspective. Dr Clifford and Dr Ludowici were instrumental in establishing the Christian Centre for Bioethics, developing a collection of bioethics resources. Dr Clifford and Dr Ludowici organised conferences which were held annually at the Hospital between 1986 and 1998.

In 1988 the Hospital was approached by a surgeon for approval of a clinical trial of a device he had developed, but which required ethical review of the protocol. In response, the Ethics Committee at Sydney Adventist Hospital was established with Dr H E Clifford as Chairperson. Following his retirement from employment at the Hospital, Dr Clifford has maintained his passion for ethics and held the role of Chairperson continuously for more than two decades until retiring from the committee in 2009.


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