Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is constituted under the principles set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (the National Statement), and the University's policies, terms of reference, and constitutions.  Members are appointed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research. The members of the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee are:

Christobel Saunders Professor ? Chair of HREC
Neil McLean Lecturer, Psychology ? Deputy Chair
Donella Caspersz Lecturer, UWA Business School
Meredith Blake Lawyer
Matthew Payne Member
Christine Howitt Member
Tracey Dickens Member
Leonard Collard Indigenous
Elizabeth Feutrill Layperson member
Kerry Osling Layperson member
Justine Burg Layperson member
Philip Raymont Pastoral Care

Meeting and submission deadlines

The ethics review of `higher risk? and/or more complex human research ethics proposals takes time. Therefore, deadline for submission of applications is 2 weeks prior to scheduled monthly HREC meeting dates.

Remember, that you should always submit your human research ethics application documents as soon as they are ready, because not all ethics applications need to be reviewed by the HREC.

However, for application that will need to be reviewed by the HREC, the following meeting schedule and submission deadline dates apply.


In 2017, the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee is scheduled to meet:


Submit By1

Meeting Date 

24 January

7 February

21 February

7 March

21 March

4 April

18 April

2 May

23 May

6 June

20 June

4 July

18 July

1 August

22 August

5 September

19 September

3 October

24 October

7 November

21 November

5 December


1 Applications submitted after the 'Submit by' date might not be reviewed until the following HREC  meeting.  This is because the HREC members need several days before the meeting to review the applications in detail.