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Immunisation for medical researchers: an ethical and practical imperative

Michelle L Townsend, Brin FS Grenyer, Wilfred Yeo and Ian Wright
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (7): 263. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.01179
Published online: 18 April 2016

Participants in medical research are the most valuable resource within health research, and their wellbeing must be regarded as paramount. Australia’s national statement on ethical conduct in human research1 establishes that the burden is on researchers to safeguard the health, wellbeing and autonomy of their research participants. We argue that additional guidance is required in an area that has not been widely considered in the ethical research literature and policy: immunisation coverage of the research team.

  • Michelle L Townsend1
  • Brin FS Grenyer1
  • Wilfred Yeo2
  • Ian Wright2

  • 1 School of Psychology, and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
  • 2 Graduate School of Medicine, and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW

Correspondence: mtownsen@uow.edu.au

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