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Human Research Ethics Committee

The Peninsula Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is constituted according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).  It meets monthly on 10 occasions each year to review and monitor research projects to ensure they conform to the requirements of the National Statement. It receives advice from the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee and Methods Review Panel in regard to the scientific merit and validity of research proposals.

For more information on applying for ethics approval click here.

Membership

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) requires that as far as possible a Human Research Ethics Committee consists of equal numbers of men and women and at least one third of the members are from outside Peninsula Health.

As a minimum, prescribed membership is eight, consisting of the following:

  • A chairperson
  • At least two lay people, one man and one woman, who are not affiliated with Peninsula Health and do not currently engage in medical, scientific, legal or academic work
  • At least one person with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people
  • At least one person who performs a pastoral care role in a community
  • At least one lawyer, where possible one who is not engaged to advise Peninsula Health
  • At least two people with current research experience that is relevant to research proposals to be considered at the meetings they attend.

On occasion input may be sought from experts in particular fields not represented on the Committee.

Committee Members

The Peninsula Health HREC meets the membership requirement of the NHMRC and its members at 1 July 2016 are:

Peninsula Health
  • Associate Professor Virginia Plummer (Chair)
  • Dr Tim Williams (Executive Sponsor)
  • Professor John Botha (Director of Research)
  • Ms Jan deClifford
  • Ms Mariangela Prib
  • Associate Professor Ravi Tiruvoipati
  • Dr Ashley Webb
  • Ms Louisa Whitwam
  • Dr Cylie Williams
Community Representatives
  • Dr Stephen Bright
  • Ms Joanna Green
  • Associate Professor Debra Griffiths
  • Dr Dilinie Herbert
  • Ms Alice Irving
  • Mr Richard Ivice

Meeting and Submission Dates

Click here to access the Peninsula Health Human Research Ethics Committee 2017 meeting dates and submission deadlines.  

Fees

The Human Research Ethics Committee charges a fee for consideration of some research projects. A Research Governance fee applies to all multi-site clinical trials reviewed under the Streamlined Ethical Review Process, that are submitted to Peninsula Health.

Researchers must ensure they refer to the fee schedule prior to submitting an application to the HREC.

Contact Details

All correspondence and enquiries for the Human Research Ethics Committee should be forwarded to the Office for Research.

Low Risk Research Subcommittee

The Human Research Ethics Committee has established a Low Risk Research Subcommittee to undertake review of low and negligible risk research, as defined in the National Statement (Chapter 2.1) and make recommendations in regard to approval of such projects eligible for approval via this pathway.

For more information on this approval pathway click here.

Membership

The membership of the Low Risk Research Subcommittee is as follows:

  • A chairperson
  • One allied health representative with research knowledge/experience
  • One medical representative with research knowledge/experience
  • One nursing representative with research knowledge/experience
  • One member with research methods expertise as required
  • One community representative with research knowledge/experience
  • Manager Office for Research.

Committee Members

The Peninsula Health Low Risk Research Subcommittee members at 1 July 2016 are:

Peninsula Health
  • Dr Cylie Williams (Chair)
  • Mr Nigel Broughton
  • Dr Michael Chae
  • Mr Sean Chinnathumby
  • Ms Lee-Anne Clavarino
  • Ms Alison Lunt
  • Associate Professor Warren Rozen
  • Mr Michael Wang
  • Ms Sharon White
Community Representative
  • Mr Peter Raphael

Meeting and Submission Dates

Click here for Low Risk Research Subcommittee 2016 meeting dates and submission deadlines.

Fees

Fees are not charged for consideration of low and negligible risk research projects but may be applicable if full Human Research Ethics Committee review is required.

Contact Details

All correspondence and enquiries for the Low Risk Research Subcommittee should be forwarded to the Office for Research.

Executive Sponsor Research

The Human Research Ethics Committee has delegated approval of projects using only existing data sets, including medical record audits, to the Executive Sponsor Research.

For more information on projects eligible for approval via this pathway click here.

Enquiries regarding this process should be forwarded to the Office for Research

Positions Vacant

From time to time vacancies arise on the Human Research Ethics Committee. Enquiries regarding membership should be directed to the Manager Office for Research.

There are currently no positions vacant.