Virtual workshop

Our training and education offers have been developed according to Australian and international best practice standards.

Our modules are built upon the competencies developed by the Harvard Multi-Regional Trials Centre (MRCT) and aligned to competencies recommended by the NHMRC.

These training offers are regarded as a benchmark for researchers, clinical trials, and healthcare professionals in Australia and internationally.

How to Chair Committees Effectively

“Informative and timely for my situation where I’m moving into a chairing role. I particularly valued the discussion and insights about the role of the chair outside of the committee, as I was unsure what these expectations are. Now I have a clearer sense of these expectations and obligations. I’d recommend this session to those who are new to the role of chairing a HREC, or to people who have been in the chair role for a while and are looking to improve their practice or gain new ways of working.” – Committee Chair, Deakin University
“Thank you, PRAXIS, for bringing together leaders in the field of HRECs and encouraging a collaborative learning environment, with strong content delivery that was responsive to the needs of those attending. Thanks [to the facilitator] for great leadership.” – Jennifer Hughes, HREC member, Bellberry Ltd

Effective chairing of committees is a skill that is highly valued in organisations.

The skills required of a Chair are constantly changing. Organisations are operating in a rapidly changing environment and still managing the ongoing fallout of the pandemic.

Chairs without training lack chairing skills and the ability to run effective committees and meetings. Poorly run meetings are a risk to committees’ efficiency and motivation.

There is a need for flexible, time-efficient workshop sessions to help develop these skills among Committee Chairs.

Join us to learn new skills and ensure that you chair committees and their meetings most effectively and efficiently. Your organisation and your team will thank you.

The virtual workshop format is a mix of interactive presentations and large and small group discussions and activities.

Who is this workshop for?

Committee Chairs or those interested in chairing committees in research settings, including ethics committees.

You can claim 3 CPD points from this workshop.

What's covered?

  • The role, structure and function of committees 
  • The role of the chair and members 
  • Understanding the rules of debate and committee process 
  • Building good relationships with executive officers, committee members  and committee stakeholders
  • The role of the Chair outside of Committee meetings
  • Preparing for meetings 
  • Ownership of meeting intentions and agendas
  • Effective chairing of Committee meetings
  • Making decisions 
  • Arriving at implementable actions 
  • Dealing with challenging members 
  • Managing crucial conversations and disputes

Learning outcomes

On completion, you will:  


Tim Dyke

Dr Tim Dyke is an executive coach and mentor with experience in chairing committees at local, national, and international levels. He currently chairs animal ethics committees, Australian government research funding grant panels and has been President, Vice-President and Chair of the Governance Committee of community health boards. He consults in the areas of research ethics and governance, leadership development and strategic planning.


$599pp + GST 

*Savings available for group enrolments and for PRAXIS partner organisations.

Next Virtual Workshops

Tuesday 15th October 2024: 10.00am – 14.00pm

Wednesday 4 December 2024: 10.00am – 14.00pm

PRAXIS Australia has the right to cancel a workshop or training session (or move the event format online) due to unforeseen circumstances such as low registration/attendance numbers or changes in Government restrictions surrounding the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. For more information regarding our Cancellation Policy and your rights as a student, please see our Student Terms and Conditions document. 

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