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

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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.


Position Available

The University is currently seeking expressions of interest from members of the community who wish to be considered for a vacancy on the University's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). 

Position open to members of the community

A position is available for:

  • A lay man who has no affiliation with the University and who is not currently engaged in medical, scientific, legal or academic work.

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 complete the following form:

Expressions of Interest can be submitted via mail or email.

If you would like further information about the role, 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