The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease focuses on improving the heart health and outcomes of groups and communities i.e. Regional Australians, Indigenous Australians and International Health

Capacity Building Committee

Terms of Reference

Capacity Building Committee

 

 

1.         Title

The name of the Committee shall be Capacity Building Committee.

 

2.         Purpose

To provide a consultative forum that can effectively support the career progression of postgraduate students and post doctoral researchers arising from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease collaboration.

 

3.         Membership

3.1

A quorum of members must be present before a meeting can proceed. At least 4 postgraduate students and post doctoral research representatives and 1 NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease Investigator representative must be present for the meeting to proceed.

3.2 Internal or external persons may be invited to attend the meetings at the request of the Chairperson on behalf of the committee to provide advice and assistance where necessary. They have no voting rights and may be requested to leave the meeting at any time by the Chairperson.
3.3 Decisions will be made by consensus.

 

4.         Vacant Positions

One vacant position for a spokesperson will be filled on an annual basis until the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease has expired.

 

5.         Chairperson

The Chairperson is Associate Professor Melinda Carrington. Responsibilities include:

5.1

Scheduling meetings and notifying committee members;

5.2 Inviting specialists to attend meetings when required by the committee;
5.3 Guiding the meeting according to the agenda and time available;
5.4 Ensuring all discussion items end with a decision, action or definitive outcome; and
5.5 Review and approve the draft minutes before distribution.

 

6.         Minute Taker Secretary

The minute taker is the CRE co-ordinator. The role of the minute taker is to:

 

6.1

Prepare agendas and issuing notices for meetings, and ensuring all necessary documents requiring discussion or comment are attached to the agenda.

6.2 Distributing the Agenda one week prior to the meeting.
6.3 Taking notes of proceedings and preparing minutes of meeting.
6.4 Distributing the minutes to all committee members one week after the meeting and be made available to all NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease Investigators.
6.5 The minutes shall be checked by the Chairperson and accepted by committee members as a true and accurate record at the commencement of the next meeting.

 

7.         Duration of Meetings

Meetings shall be held biannually for a period of approximately 1 hour at a mutually agreed upon time by the Chairperson based on availability. A special or extraordinary meeting may be called by any committee member.

 

8.         Functions

 

The functions of the Capacity Building Committee are:

 

8.1

To facilitate postgraduate students and post doctoral researchers in identifying, developing and reviewing applications for national and international competitive funding.

8.2 To keep under review competitive and non-competitive funding schemes for postgraduate students and post doctoral researchers.
8.3 To develop mentoring plans to facilitate career progression and improve the likelihood for future competitive funding.
8.4 To assist in resolution of issues relating to career progression that arise for postgraduate students and post doctoral researchers.
8.5 To make recommendations to the Executive Committee on expenditure of Domestic, International and PhD Training Scholarships within the (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease).
8.6 Such other functions as are prescribed or agreed upon by the committee members.

 

9.         Amendments

The terms of reference shall be reviewed annually from the date of approval. They may be altered to meet the current needs of all committee members, by agreement of the majority of representatives.