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
Marco Rizzi Lawyer
Matthew Payne Member
Christine Howitt Member
Weijie LiMember
Tracey Dickens Member
Leonard Collard Indigenous
Elizabeth Feutrill Layperson member
Kerry Osling Layperson member
Justine Burg Layperson member
Tonia Naylor Pastoral Care

Meeting and submission deadlines

The ethics review of ‘higher risk’ and/or more complex human research ethics proposals takes time. Therefore, applications need to be received 2 weeks prior to a scheduled monthly HREC to be included in the agenda.  After quality check, applications are submitted to the next available meeting for review.

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 is the meeting schedule for 2019.  In June 2019, the university is introducing a second HREC

In 2019, the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee is scheduled to meet: 

The Human Ethics office recommends to submit applications using the online system.  Using your pheme login.

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Red Committee Meeting Date

Yellow Committee Meeting Date

5 February 2019

5 March 2091

2 April 2019

7 May 2019

4 June 2019

19 June 2019

2 July 2019

17 July 2019

6 August 2019

21 August 2019

3 September 2019

18 September 2019

1 October 2019

16 October 2019

5 November 2019

20 November 2019

3 December 2019

18 December 2019