Professor Caroline Homer has been announced a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Research Committee for 2009-2012 by the Australian Government.
The Research Committee's major role is to advise and make recommendations on research grant applications and funding. The Government allocated more than $700 million in the 2009 Budget to fund health and medical research projects, programs, scholarships, fellowships and infrastructure support.
The Research Committee plays a vital role in providing advice on matters relating to medical research and public health research, including the quality and scope of such research in Australia. The Committee will continue to play an important part in advising on applications for funding and will consider ways in which new researchers and Indigenous researchers can be better supported.
Professor Homer is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health at UTS. She holds NHMRC and Australian Research Council linkage grants as a Chief Investigator and supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students studying aspects of improving maternity services including CenteringPregnancy, quality and safety in maternity care, workforce issues for midwives and obesity in pregnancy. She co-leads the Birth After Caesarean Interventions (BACI) consortium, which carries out research to promote normal birth and increase the rate of vaginal birth after caesarean section.
The committee will serve a three-year term to 30 June 2012 and will be chaired by Professor James Best, who has been appointed for a second term. Professor Best is currently Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He has more than 30 years experience in biomedical research, particularly in the areas of glucose metabolism and diabetes.
Other committee members for 2009-2012 have expertise across a wide variety of medical, clinical and public health research activities.
The Research Committee is a Principal Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council under the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. Its role is to provide advice to NHMRC's CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson.