The University of Newcastle, Australia

Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

The University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) operates in accordance with the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018).

The HREC reviews human research projects conducted at UON, or by UON staff or students. Under the National Statement, the committee is required to have a minimum membership that includes:

  • a Chairperson with suitable experience;
  • at least two lay people, one man and one woman, who have no affiliation with UON 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 of UON academic staff who have research experience relevant to the areas in the University which are active in human research.

Positions on the HREC

The University is not currently seeking expressions of interest for vacancies on the Human Research Ethics Committee.

If you wish to express interest in joining the Committee in future, please complete the relevant form below and return it to

If you would like further information on HREC membership, please email

Constitution and Membership