I hope this finds you well and my apologies for this unsolicited email. Hopefully you already know about Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services Pty Ltd (AHRECS – https://www.ahrecs.com) and that I am one of its three senior consultants (along with Prof. Mark Israel and Dr Gary Allen).
If you don’t already know, the AHRECS site includes a freely available Resource Library of over 1200 papers, books, news and other resources relating to both human research ethics and to research integrity (https://www.ahrecs.com/resources) and is also home to the free Research Ethics Monthly (https://www.ahrecs.com/blog).
We are currently finalising plans for two web-based 30-minute panel discussions to be held in November covering:
- implementing the 2018 edition of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and
- the updated National Statement.
The panels will both be moderated by one of AHRECS’ senior consultants and will include a nominee of the NHMRC. We plan to also include a researcher, a research office staff member and a HREC Chair. These live activities will be accessible free of charge and information on dates, times and how to join either or both of them will be available on the AHRECS website before the end of October.
We are using these live panel discussions to introduce and promote a subscription service designed to raise revenue to cover our costs for more of these activities. Modelled on the idea of patronage, where patrons choose the level of support with which they are comfortable, our new service will allow Australian subscriber/patrons to download vignettes and other material for use in their in-house professional development activities. We expect to be adding at least one item to this area every month together with commentary on major breaking news and publications, as well as other exclusive information. We will put video copies of the panel discussions into the subscribers’ area.
We invite you to join this service. Subscriptions start at USD1/month and USD15/month* grants access to all the material. This can be paid for using a credit card or PayPal account. After each payment we can provide an invoice showing it as paid (for accounting purposes)
Please consider visiting https://www.patreon.com/ahrecs to subscribe.
Prof. Colin Thomson AM
* The amount is in US dollars because we are using a US service provider to host our subscribers’ area. On current exchange rates this equate to just over $20 per month.