National Clinical Trials Governance Framework Steering Committee

The aim of the project is to provide advice, expertise and consumer input into the development of the National Clinical Trials Governance Framework.

A Clinical Trials Governance Framework Steering Committee (Steering Committee) was convened, comprising individuals with relevant expertise and experience in the clinical trials sector and the Australian health care system.

The Steering Committee set out to:

  • Support delivery of the project in line with the requirements of the Commission and the expectations of the Department of Health
  • Provide advice on the development of the National Clinical Trials Governance Framework and high level implementation plan
  • Facilitate engagement with peer groups about the project.

List of Steering Committee members 

Committee member name

Committee contribution

Role title and organisation


Prof Chris Brook PSM


Chair, health policy consultation, CTPRG Chair and independent expert


Assoc. Professor Robyn Aitken

Clinical trials (clinical - nursing)

Director, Collaborative Academic Health Science Research


Ms Helen Aunedi


Country Head, Country Clinical Operations, Roche Australia Pty Ltd.


Ms Jillian Barr

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Acting Executive Director, Research, Quality and Priorities Branch, NHMRC

Australian Government

Professor Ben Canny

Universities Australia

Head, School of Medicine College of Health and Medicine University of Tasmania



Dr Jodi Glading

Clinical Trials Project Reference Group (CTPRG)

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania


Dr Robert Herkes

Chief Medical Officer

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care


Ms Erica Kneipp

Australian Government Department of Health

Assistant Secretary, Office of Health and Medical Research, Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Government

Professor Chris Levi

Clinical trials (clinical - physician)

Executive Director, The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE)


Professor Erwin Loh

Hospital administrator

Group Chief Medical Officer and General Manager Clinical Governance, St Vincent’s Health Australia


Ms Anne McKenzie AM

Consumer representative

Head of the WA Consumer and Community Health Research Network


Dr Grant Pegg

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Director, Experimental Products Section, Pharmacovigilance and Special Access Branch

Australian Government

Dr Antonio (Tony) Penna

Clinical Trials Project Reference Group (CTPRG)

NSW CTPRG Representative. Executive Director, Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health


Mr Ian Pieper

Expertise in ethics and governance process

Ethics Manager
Research Ethics and Governance Office, ACT Health Directorate


Ms Susan Richmond

Clinical trials research coordination

Research Officer, Clinical Trials Unit, James Cook University, Cairns


Prof Steven Webb

Representative of investigator-led trials

Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital and a Professor of Critical Care Research in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.



If you have any questions about the National Clinical Trials Governance Framework project please contact Bernadette Aliprandi-Costa and the project team via email or phone 02 9126 3600.