Unbiased and independent selection of research grants fundamental to the integrity of Australia’s research system

Ministerial vetoing of 11 humanities-based research projects recommended for funding by the Australian Research Council. CEO Chris Walton said “There is no room for political interference in Australia’s world-renowned peer-reviewed funding application process. While projects can be aligned with national priorities and strategic objectives, the assessment of scientific merit as identified by peer-review should remain…

My Health Record inquiry reports back

The Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee yesterday delivered its report into the My Health Record system recommending a raft of changes to help balance access and privacy concerns with the benefits of centralised electronic health data. Most notably, the Committee did not recommend making access to the scheme on an opt-in basis. The Committee recommended…

Clinical Scientists to be locked out of supervisory roles if proposed changes to lab supervision proceed

Professionals Australia has written to the Department of Health to bring to their attention the serious consequences for labs and Clinical Scientists should the proposed changes to the NPAAC supervision standards proceed. In our view, the proposed changes are out of step with international practice and will have the effect of: excluding Clinical Scientists from…