Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

Our commitment

The NHMRC CTC is committed to designing and delivering inclusive research. We aim to remove barriers to participation and increase the diversity of populations in terms of age, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and other sociocultural coordinates, within our research. Our community thrives through diversity, and we strive to have our research reflect the communities we serve.


Our work

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Trials (EDIT) team comprises of clinical trial professional and academic staff who are working together to identify and remove barriers to participation for under-served groups in clinical trials at the CTC and to promote diversity and inclusion across the CTC workforce. 

To date, the EDIT initiative has focused on LGBTQIA+ people, who experience substantial health inequalities compared to heterosexual and cis gender people. A key step in addressing this issue for minority groups is to ensure adequate representation in clinical trials.  

Future initiatives will focus on the inclusion of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, First Nations people, people living in regional and remote areas, people with rare diseases, and people with a disability.  

Our initiative will pave the way for all clinical trials at the University of Sydney, and beyond. 

For further information, please contact Merilyn Heuschkel. 


Our team 

  • Nicola Abignano 
  • Amasy Alkhateeb 
  • Dr Karen Bracken 
  • Annelise Decaria 
  • Dr Kathy Dempsey 
  • Merilyn Heuschkel 
  • Anthony Jaworski 
  • Hugo Katich 
  • Sarah Munro 
  • Janine Norrie 
  • Dr Lucille Sebastian 
  • Arlen Wilcox 
  • Annie Yeung