The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) operates in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007

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.


Positions Available

The University is currently seeking expressions of interest from both internal academic staff and members of the community who wish to be considered for vacancies on the University's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). 

Positions for internal academic staff

Positions are available for academic staff from the following areas:

  • Arts and Social Sciences;
  • Education;
  • Health; and
  • Psychology.

It is anticipated that those who nominate for these positions will also agree to be a Research Ethics Advisor (REA) in their Faculty.  For further information see REAs - Role and Responsibilities.

Positions open to members of the community

Positions are available for:

  • Four lay people, two men and two women, who have no affiliation with the University and who are not currently engaged in medical, scientific, legal or academic work;
  • A person currently engaged as a professional carer/counsellor* (eg, nurse, doctor or allied health professional);
  • A person who performs a pastoral care* role in a community (eg, minister of religion or Aboriginal elder); and
  • A lawyer*

* The professional carer/counsellor and pastoral care positions may also be filled by people affiliated with the University.  The lawyer position may also be filled by someone affiliated with the University, however, it is preferable that they not be engaged to advise the institution.

Members not affiliated with the University are reimbursed travel and other extraneous costs associated with performing their duties as a member.  There is otherwise no remuneration.

If you wish to submit an expression of interest please select from the following forms:

Expressions of Interest must be lodged by Friday 31 July 2015 and can be submitted via mail or email.

If you would like further information about these roles, please contact:

Ms Ruth Gibbins
Senior Human Research Ethics Officer
Research Integrity Unit
Research Services
The Chancellery
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308

T: 02 492 16333
E: Ruth.Gibbins@newcastle.edu.au


Constitution and Membership