Research

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem is a teaching hospital, and has affiliations with a number of Universities including Monash and Notre Dame Universities that support our specialist role in education, training and research.

We provide education and training opportunities for a range of health disciplines and build capacity in the broader health sector to enable better care.

CHCB fosters a culture of continuous learning and innovation which results in the development of a highly skilled workforce, essential to deliver our specialised care.

As a leader in our two areas of specialisation, our goal is to be recognised as a centre of excellence for education, training and research.

The Research Ethics and Ethics Committee (REEC)

The Research Ethics and Ethics Committee (REEC) at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem (CHCB) is properly constituted in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, relevant Commonwealth and State legislation and regulations and Catholic Health Australia’s Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia.

The aim of the REEC is to ensure that high ethical standards are maintained in research projects conducted at CHCB, to protect the interests of research subjects, investigators and the institution. In carrying out these functions, the REEC, at all times, takes into consideration guidelines issued by the NHMRC together with the teaching of the Catholic Church and local cultural and social attitudes.

Research informs the delivery of best practice care for our patients and their families.

CHCB play a significant role in international research studies for MND and Huntington’s disease as we strive to find a cure for the diseases we specialise in.

Research assists the design and evaluation of innovative models of care that inform the development of service delivery at state and national level

The Research Ethics and Ethics Committee (REEC) at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem (CHCB) is properly constituted in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, relevant Commonwealth and State legislation and regulations and Catholic Health Australia’s Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia.

To ensure that high ethical standards are maintained in research projects conducted at CHCB, the health service is supported by the Research Ethics and Ethics Committee which meets to ensure the interests of research subjects, investigators and the institution are protected. In carrying out these functions, the REEC, at all times, takes into consideration guidelines issued by the NHMRC together with the teaching of the Catholic Church and local cultural and social attitudes.

  • 16 February 2017
  • 20 April 2017
  • 15 June 2017
  • 17 August 2017
  • 19 October 2017
  • 21 December 2017

Should there be no research applications for consideration at any one meeting, the meeting may be cancelled and a notice sent to Committee members.

Meetings are from 8.00 am to 9.00 am and held in the Boardroom, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, 476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South, Victoria, 3162.

Research Ethics & Ethics Committee Members


Rosalie Jones – Chair

Rosalie Jones has spent a lifetime in education, especially Catholic education in Victoria.  She was Principal of Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale for 15 years and is currently Manager, Curriculum and Secondary Services, Catholic Education Office Melbourne.

Rosalie was Chair of the Social Studies Field of Study Committee which introduced Religion and Society into the Victorian curriculum at VCE level. One of the units for the study is Ethics, which has been taught in many schools for almost two decades now.

She has degrees from Sydney and Monash Universities and a Masters from University of Melbourne.

Dr Jane Fischer

CEO/Medical Director Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

Jane commenced at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem as Clinical Director of Palliative Care in 2001 and has been in her current role as CEO/Medical Director since 2007.

Jane is currently a Board member of Palliative Care Australia Board member. She has been on a number of state-based advisory committees and is currently the Chair of the Victorian Palliative Medical Training Advisory Committee.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Diploma of Child Health and Fellowship Australian Chapter of Palliative Medicine.

Dr Susan Mathers

Clinical Director of Neurology, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

Consultant Neurologist at Monash Medical Centre

Susan is a member of the Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia, the MND Research Tissue Bank, and a founding member of the Australian MND Register. Her main interests are in the management of chronic progressive neurological diseases and models of care.

Dr Alex Burke

Alexandra Burke MBBS, FAChPM, MMed, PGDPM  is a Palliative Care Physician at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem with experience  working in Inpatient and Community Palliative Care and Acute Hospital Consultancy. Her clinical interests include management of delirium and constipation, with publications in both these areas. Alex has delivered conference papers on topics including Multidisciplinary teamwork, Residential Care for Palliative Care Patients and Postgraduate Training in Palliative Care. She has been the recipient of a six month HIV/AIDS study grant from the Department of Health Victoria and her Master’s thesis on risk factors for Oral Health was awarded the Presidents’ Research Prize by the ANZSPM (Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine).

Revd Kevin McGovern

Catholic priest Kevin McGovern is the Director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics. He researches and writes on bioethical issues particularly for the Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin. From 1997 to 2006, he lectured in ethics and moral theology at the Brisbane College of Theology. He has served on six Human Research Ethics Committees, including the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital HREC (2000 to 2006) and the Cabrini HREC (from 2007). In 2011, he was a member of the Heerey Review of Australia’s cloning and embryo research laws. He is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee, one of the principal committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

 

Shannon Thompson

Director Clinical Services, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

Shannon Thompson joined Calvary Health Care Bethlehem in 2003 as a community palliative care nurse, and commenced in her role as Director of Clinical Services in 2008.

Shannon has extensive experience in health care settings and brings to her role a wide and varied background, as well as a passion and commitment to the development of a skilled and innovative workforce and to the delivery of quality consumer-focused care.

Shannon currently holds a position on the Southern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium and has recently been appointed as a member of the LCMHC National Palliative Care Collaborative steering group.

Des McCarthy

Des has extensive experience in the development and management of office buildings, hotels, shopping centres, and industrial properties. At various times he has been Chairman of subsidiary companies and investment funds, Chairman of three ‘five star’ hotels and President/Chairman of the Property Council of Australia. He retired as Director, Property Division with Telstra Corporation, which is responsible for 10,000 properties valued at $4.5b.

Des was a member of the CHCB Board for approximately 10 years, Chair of the Board’s Planning/Works Committee during the same period, a volunteer with the hospital’s Bereavement Services for 21 years, and a member of the Research Ethics & Ethics Committee for the past 20 years.

Cr Margaret Esakoff

Margaret is married with two adult children and one grandchild.  She has previously run a small business with her husband and has vast experience in all aspects of business administration.  She is strongly involved in the community, having been a member of the Glen Eira City Council since 2003, serving as Mayor in 2004-05 and 2006-07, Deputy Mayor in 2007-08 and presently.  She is a local volunteer, is Vice-President of the Management Committee of Community Information Glen Eira, and is part of the ‘Meals on Wheels’ team, delivering meals locally.

Paul Davidson

Paul has been in the IT industry for all of his working life, most of which was spent working across three continents for a large, global IT organization. During this time, Paul managed several geographically diverse teams, providing a range of Support Services to a broad spectrum of customers.

Outside of his mainstream IT work, Paul has served on Superannuation committees and helps run some community based sporting organisations.

Paul is also a board member of St John Ambulance Victoria.

Philip Rowell

Philip is a lawyer who has been in private legal practice for 43 years. One of his specialist areas of practice has been health law representing medical practitioners and private hospitals in litigation, at coronial inquiries and at disciplinary hearings.

He also has been a Rotarian for in excess of 20 years serving on his District Board as Governance Director for a number of years.