Curriculum Vitae of The Governor's Spouse
Emeritus Professor Don Chalmers AO

Present Position

Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Tasmania

Education and Training

LL.B. (Hons) University College, London, 1972; LL.M. University, Papua New Guinea, 1978; Barrister & Solicitor, National and Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea, 1978

Awards and Distinctions

  • Officer of the Order of Australia, 2019
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Research, 2015
  • Distinguished Service Medal, University of Tasmania, 2010
  • Australian Red Cross Distinguished Service Award, 2010
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Ethics Award, 2010
  • Foundation Fellow Australian Academy of Law, 2007

Teaching:  Introduction to Law; Contracts; Biotechnology Law; Equity and Trusts, Law of Succession; Law and Ethics of Health Care.

Post-Graduate Student Supervision:  31, LLM and PhD Awards

Major research area:  regulation of human genetics

State of Tasmania Appointments

Law Reform Commissioner, State of Tasmania 1991–1997; Member of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania 1990–1997; Member, Schools Board of Tasmania 1988–1993; Chief Examiner, Legal Studies, Schools Board of Tasmania, 1980–1990; Member, Huntington's Disease Advisory Committee, 1987–1999.

National Appointments

Chair NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee 1994–2000; Deputy Chair NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee 2002–12; member NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee 2006–2009; Chair Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee  2002–2012; member, Advisory Council, Organ & Tissue Authority 2008–12 and National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Council, 2008–2011; Chair Australian Red Cross Ethics Committee 2000‑2010; and member Board of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics 2014–2020.

International Appointments

Member and Chair, Data Access Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium; member, Human Genome Organisation Ethics Committee; and the Global Alliance for Genomic Health and International Scientific Review Panels of Genome Canada; National Representative to World Summits of National Bioethics Commissions (San Francisco 1996; Tokyo 1998; London 2000).