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Human Research Ethics Committees

The University of Sydney has an unwavering commitment to promoting ethical standards of research.
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This includes protecting  the mental and physical welfare, rights, dignity and safety of human participants of research and the safety of staff and students conducting research.

This is achieved through efficient and effective research application review processes which are conducted via three Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs).

All research is reviewed and conducted within the guidelines set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

Applications from external organisations

Ethics applications from external organisations with no direct link to the University, where the chief investigator is neither a staff member, an affiliate or a student of the University may be accepted for review at the discretion of the University HREC. An administration fee of $2,500 (plus GST) will apply.

Committee membership

Committees are comprised of the mandatory members listed below and additional members with expertise relevant to University of Sydney research. Under the National Statement the minimum membership is eight including:

  • a chair
  • at least two lay members, one man and one woman, who have no affiliation with the institution, are not currently involved in medical, scientific, academic or legal work, and who are preferably from the community in which the institution is located
  • at least two members with knowledge of, and current experience in, the areas of research that are regularly considered by the committee (for example, health, medical, psychological, epidemiological)
  • at least one member with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people (for example, a medical practitioner, clinical psychologist, social worker, nurse)
  • at least one minister of religion, or a person with a community pastoral role, such as an Aboriginal elder
  • at least one member who is a lawyer.

The committee should ideally have equal numbers of men and women.

For more information, see section 5.1 of the National Statement (2007) (pp. 80-81).

Human research ethics breaches

A research ethics breach occurs when a researcher does not comply with the National Statement and/or the conditions of their HREC approval.

This may include:
• Undertaking research activities without HREC approval, where this approval is required;
• Implementing modifications to a research protocol without further approval from the HREC;
• Non-compliance with conditions of ethical approval from the HREC.

To report a potential human research ethics breach, please contact:
The Manager of Ethics Administration
human.ethics@sydney.edu.au
+61 2 8627 8176
 

HREC Committee members

Committee 1

Role

Name

Chairperson

Stephen Assinder

Deputy Chairperson

Helen Mitchell

Health Professional

Stephen Fuller

Health Professional

Charles New

Lawyer

Miranda St Hill

Research Expertise (Psychology)

Niko Tiliopoulos

Research Expertise (Business School)

Ranjit Voola

Research Expertise (Pharmacy)

Carl Schneider

Research Expertise (Health Sciences)

Cliffton Chan

Research Expertise (Brain and Mind Centre)

Tracey Davenport

Research Expertise (History)

Julia Horne

Layman

Michael Neary

Layman

Amir Dedic

Laywoman

Christina Kanellaki Lowe

Pastoral Care

Rev David Russell

Committee 2

Role Name

Chairperson

Glen Davis

Deputy Chairperson

Fiona Gill

Health Professional

Catherine Hawke

Health Professional

Monica Robotin

Lawyer

Wendy Blacker

Research Expertise (Public Health)

Reema Harrison

Research Expertise (Nursing)

Jennifer Fraser

Research Expertise (Business School)

Michael Rafferty

Research Expertise (Business School)

Jim Rooney

Research Expertise (Psychology)

Micah Goldwater

Research Expertise (Clinical Trials)

Rebecca Mister

Layman

Ettore Altomare

Laywoman

Sharyn Brown

Laywoman

Ruth Pojer

Pastoral Care

Rev Steve Oh

Committee 3

Role

Name

Chairperson

Rita Shackel

Deputy Chairperson

Lilon Bandler

Health Professional

Michelle Stewart

Lawyer

Melissa Woodroffe

Research Expertise (Pharmacy)

Parisa Aslani

Research Expertise (Medical Sciences)

Damian Holsinger

Research Expertise (Psychology)

David Hawes

Research Expertise (Business School)

Leanne Cutcher

Research Expertise (Social Sciences)

Jonathan Bogais

Research Expertise (Nursing)

Yun-Hee Jeon

Research Expertise (Psychology)

David Allsop

Layman

Rouby Sidarous

Layman

Andrew Michel

Laywoman

Annie Parkinson

Pastoral Care

Rev Andrew Ford

Contact the human ethics team

Address

Ethics and Research Integrity
Margaret Telfer Building (K07)
University of Sydney
NSW 2006

Details

For a full list of research support contacts, visit http://sydney.edu.au/contact-us

HREC Terms of Reference

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