Research Policy Officer - Animal Ethics
Amanda Fernie’s main responsibilities are to manage ethical review and approval of all research involving animals undertaken by or in collaboration with the University and contribute to the safe and effective management of biological material created or acquired for use in research. Amanda is Secretary of the University’s Animal Ethics Committee, works with the Animal Ethics Committee to develop and implement standards for the use of animals in scientific research and advises staff and students on University policies and procedures related to the involvement of animals in research and in University learning and teaching. Amanda is also the Secretary of the University Biosafety Committee.
Amanda is a senior member of the Research Ethics and Integrity team which is part of the Office for Research concerned with applying national and international ethical standards and guidelines and encouraging ethical conduct in human and animal research. The Research Ethics and Integrity team assists University staff and students with incorporating key ethical principles into the planning, design, implementation and review of scientific research involving humans and animals and directly supports the processes for ethical review and approval by the ethics committees.
Amanda completed her Doctorate in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Queensland creating and implementing a Great Ape Welfare Index. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science Animal Studies - Wildlife Biology (Honours) from the University of Queensland and her research interests include animal behaviour, cognition, welfare and conservation.
After completing her PhD, Amanda worked with great apes in Indonesia and the Republic of Congo, where she developed the skills of local staff in orangutan care and tracking procedures, designed and implemented an environmental enrichment schedule for rehabilitant orangutans and assessed and monitored the progress of released orangutans. She has also authored guidelines for the care of orangutans, feeding protocols for infant chimpanzees and wildlife research ethics documents.