Bioethics students at Monash will receive hands-on experience under an agreement struck between the Faculty of Arts and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The agreement will provide $7000 for a student fellowship each year for the next five years. Participants will spend three months over the Australian summer working in the Human Genetics Program at WHO in Geneva.
One masters student will be selected each year to take part in the program. While at WHO, the student will help with research projects in the organisation's Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genomics (ELSI) program.
From left: 2003 fellowship recipient Ms Shawneequa Callier with Dr Heinz Kreutz, associate dean (academic programs) in
the Faculty of Arts, and Centre for Human Bioethics director Dr Justin Oakley.
Centre for Human Bioethics director Dr Justin Oakley said the fellowships would provide students with an opportunity to apply their studies in a practical setting as well as learn about international organisations.
“Many of the most challenging ethical issues in health care will depend upon future developments in genetics. This fellowship will enable a Monash Master of Bioethics student to learn first-hand how a global organisation deals with emerging ethical issues in genetics,” Dr Oakley said.
“The fellowship scheme will also help build research links in this area between Monash and WHO.”
The agreement comes after former Monash student Ms Shawneequa Callier spent three months over the past Christmas break working at WHO.
Ms Callier worked on a range of projects that aimed to share knowledge around the world on ethics in human genetics. Her trip has been included in the fellowship program retrospectively.
The 2003/2004 fellowship recipient is Master of Bioethics student Ms Angela Ballantyne.