Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)
The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) operates in accordance with the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007. It is required to have a minimum membership which includes:
- a Chairperson with suitable experience,
- at least two lay people, one man and one woman, who have no affiliation with the University and are not currently engaged in medical, scientific, legal or academic work,
- at least one person with knowledge of and current experience in the professional care, treatment or counselling of people, e.g. a nurse, doctor or allied health professional,
- at least one person who performs a pastoral care role in a community, e.g. an Aboriginal elder or minister of religion and
- at least one lawyer.
In addition, the HREC has members from the University academic staff who have research experience relevant to the areas in the University which are active in human research.