Membership Policy

 

Members

Membership is available to individuals (clinical trial researchers and non-clinical trial researchers), professional organisations, consumer organisations, health insurers, policy makers and consumers that meet the relevant membership criteria (see below).

 

There are two categories of ANZMUSC membership:

 

Full Members

  • Open to individual clinical trial researchers that support ANZMUSC’s mission and vision and meet the membership criteria (outlined below). Full Members have the right to nominate candidates for election to the Board of Directors and vote at meetings of members. Full members must agree to abide by ANZMUSC’s vision, mission and values.

 

Associate Members

  • Open to individuals (non-clinical trial researchers, early career researchers who don’t yet qualify for full membership, health insurers and policy makers), professional organisations, consumer organisations and individual consumers, who support ANZMUSC’s mission and vision and wish to be actively engaged within ANZMUSC but don’t meet the full membership criteria. Associate Members do not have voting rights. Associate members must agree to abide by ANZMUSC’s vision, mission and values.

 

 

Membership Criteria

 

Full members:

 

Individual (clinical trial researcher)

Researchers and clinician-researchers based in Australia or New Zealand that are currently active in investigator-initiated musculoskeletal clinical trials research (e.g. have a trial registered on the ANZCTR); have published at least one peer-reviewed clinical trial and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ANZMUSC’s vision to optimise musculoskeletal health through high quality, collaborative clinical research. Individual members agree to abide by ANZMUSC’s vision, mission and values and agree to participate as able in ANZMUSC activities, such as review of trial proposals, serving on committees, etc., as requested.

 

Associate Members:

 

Professional Associations/Societies

Professional associations or societies who have members who are clinicians and/or researchers in the field of musculoskeletal health; and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ANZMUSC’s vision to optimise musculoskeletal health through high quality, collaborative clinical research.

 

Professional Individuals

Non-clinical trial researchers, early career researchers who don’t yet qualify for full membership, international associates not currently working in Australia or New Zealand, health insurers and policy makers who are interested in high quality clinical trials for musculoskeletal conditions and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ANZMUSC’s vision to optimise musculoskeletal health through high quality, collaborative clinical research.

 

Consumer Organisations

Consumer organisations who actively engage with consumers living with one or more musculoskeletal conditions; who advocate for high quality research and clinical trials to improve the lives of consumers; and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ANZMUSC’s vision to optimise musculoskeletal health through high quality, collaborative clinical research.

 

Consumer (individuals)

Individual consumers who are living with one or more musculoskeletal conditions; who understand and support high quality research and clinical trials to improve the lives of consumers; and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to ANZMUSC’s vision to optimise musculoskeletal health through high quality, collaborative clinical research.

 

All associate members agree to abide by ANZMUSC’s vision, mission and values and agree to participate as able in ANZMUSC activities, such as review of trial proposals, serving on committees, etc., as requested. Associate members that transition to full membership will not have to be nominated again.

 

 

Membership Benefits

 

Benefits of Full & Associate Membership

 

  • Participate, develop and or conduct world-class multi-centre investigator-initiated musculoskeletal clinical trials and other clinical research with the support of the ANZMUSC Clinical Trial Group.
  • Have an active role in ensuring an effective collective voice for those suffering musculoskeletal disorders, and for the Australian and New Zealand clinicians and researchers working to optimise musculoskeletal health.
  • Help to shape healthcare and research policy that directly impacts musculoskeletal research.
  • A ‘seat at the table’ to ensure that your area of musculoskeletal interest is well represented providing the opportunity to influence and help drive ANZMUSC’s advocacy for the sector.
  • Nominate colleagues from within your field to contribute to ANZMUSC Roundtables/Working Groups/Standing Committees to provide further opportunity to ensure that issues impacting your field of research are communicated effectively to governments and key stakeholders.
  • Active promotion of the activities and achievements of you/your research group through ANZMUSC publications, member profiles on the ANZMUSC website and news listings on major publications and trial results.
  • Receive policy alerts & e-newsletters, provide comments to inform ANZMUSC submissions and rapid responses, and receive invitations to member forums/events.
  • Discounted registration to all ANZMUSC conferences and events for individuals (and active members of your professional organisation or consumer group; available for paying members only).

 

 

Membership fees

ANZMUSC Clinical Trial Network Membership is currently free. ANZMUSC reserves the right to charge membership fees for full members in the future. Associate members will be free of charge. Paying members will be entitled to a discounted registration fee at ANZMUSC meetings and events.

 

Membership Process

Those wishing to become a member of ANZMUSC (full or associate) must complete the membership form.

 

Membership is subject to applicants meeting all of the relevant membership criteria (to be assessed by the Executive Committee).

 

Member details will be entered into a members’ database to assist members to identify potential collaborators or expertise and allow contact to be made. This database will be secure and accessible only to members. The database will be regulated by a person nominated by the ANZMUSC Executive and will be audited at least once per year to maintain security and current information.

 

 All members will be added to the ANZMUSC mailing list for periodic updates. This is a closed email list with access restricted from the general public and commercial entities. The list is regulated by a person nominated by the ANZMUSC Executive and is audited at least once per year to maintain security.

 

You may withdraw your membership or change your database status/details at any time by contacting admin@anzmusc.org