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

Operational Research Committee

Terms of Reference

Operational Research Committee

 

1.         Title

The name of the Committee shall be Operational Research Committee.

 

2.         Purpose

To oversee, monitor progress and identify areas for development in the research activities of 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 six (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease) Chief Investigators (or their representatives) must be present for the meeting to proceed.

3.2Internal 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.
3.3Decisions 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 role of the chairperson is to:

 

5.1

Schedule meetings and notify committee members;

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

  

6.         Minute Taker Secretary 

The minute taker is the CRE co-ordinator. The responsibilities are to:

 

6.1

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

6.2Distribute the Agenda one week prior to the meeting.
6.3Take notes of proceedings and prepare minutes of meeting.
6.4Distribute the minutes to all committee members one week after the meeting and then to all NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease investigators.
6.5Ensure 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 annually 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 Operational Research Committee are:

 

8.1

To oversee and promote agreed research activities of the (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease).

8.2To monitor progress of these agreed research activities.
8.3To identify areas for further development in these research activities.
8.4To ensure that all areas of research are conducted in strict accordance with NHMRC guidelines for good practice.
8.5To ensure that all areas of research are conducted in an ethically sound manner.
8.6To ensure that intellectual property, collaborative agreements and related outputs (including peer-reviewed articles) are in strict accordance with NHMRC guidelines for research conduct.
8.7To ensure that research protocols, reports and papers adhere to CONSORT statements.
8.8To make recommendations to the Executive Committee on specific operational research matters that may arise within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease.
8.9To undertake 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.