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:


Peter O'Leary

Professor — Chair of HREC

Neil McLean

Lecturer, Psychology — Chair of HREC

Donella Caspersz

Lecturer, UWA Business School

Marco Rizzi


Lauren Kollosche 


Matthew Payne


Christine Howitt


Weijie Li


Karen Lang


Tracey Dickens


Elfie Shiosaki


Mandy Downing


Elizabeth Feutrill

Layperson member

Kerry Osling

Layperson member

Justine Burg

Layperson member

Michele Thorp 

Layperson Member

Tonia Naylor

Pastoral Care

Graham Mabury

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 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, quality reviews can take time and there is a maximum number of applications that can be placed on an HREC agenda.

For application that will need to be reviewed by the HREC, the following is the meeting schedule for 2021.

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

Research Online Application Portal (ROAP)


Red Committee Meeting Date

Yellow Committee Meeting Date

27 January 2021

2 February 2021

17 February 2021

2 March2021

17 March 2021

6 April 2021

21 April 2021

4 May2021

19 May2021

1 June 2021

16 June 2021

6 July 2021

21 July 2021

3 August 2021

18 August 2021

7 September 2021

15 September 2021

5 October 2021

20 October 2021

2 November 2021

17 November 2021

7 December 2021