About Human Ethics
The University of Newcastle is committed to the highest standard of ethical practice in research involving or impacting on humans.
All human research projects conducted at the University, or by staff and students of the University, require ethical oversight.
The University of Newcastle's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has responsibility for reviewing the ethical acceptability of human research and ensuring compliance with regulatory and legislative requirements, as well as University policies relating to human research.
The principal point of reference for the HREC is the NHMRC's National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. The primary purpose of the National Statement is the protection of the welfare and rights of participants in research. It is binding on all institutions and organisations that receive research funding from the Australian government.
The University uses a risk assessment review model for human research requiring ethics approval. Applications are reviewed for ethics approval using one of three assessment levels based on th