The Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study

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Current Governance Structure

TAHS is based at the University of Melbourne with Professor Shyamali Dharmage as the current principal investigator and has now expanded into a national collaborative program.

The respiratory project is a partnership between the University of Melbourne, Menzies Research Institute, Monash University, Universities of Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, administered jointly by the University of Melbourne and Menzies Research Institute, co-directed by Shyamali Dharmage and Haydn Walters. Although originally a study of respiratory disease, because of the population-based nature of the cohort, the length of follow-up and the opportunities for a general health study, TAHS research is now extending to other areas such as breast cancer, eye disease, and social science.

While each TAHS project is managed by a lead investigator with a team of multidisciplinary experts, the TAHS steering committee is responsible for the overall management. This committee sets the strategic direction of TAHS and provides direct input on budgeting, including assets, money, facilities, time, hiring, and marketing. It provides oversight for developing policies related to access to already collected data and biological specimens, authorship, expansion of research into other areas and new collaborations. The committee also monitors the ongoing projects and collaborations.

The TAHS Steering Committee was formed in 1992 when TAHS was transferred to the previous principal investigator, Professor John Hopper at the University of Melbourne. It is now chaired by the current principal investigator Professor Shyamali Dharmage 

The committee meets annually and on an as needed basis. The committee is currently comprised of the following members

Professor Shyamali Dharmage- Chair

Professor Haydn Walters

Professor Michael Abramson

Dr Jennifer Perret

Professor John Hopper- Former chair

Professor Mark Jenkins 

Associate Professor Melanie Matheson