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

Karen Lang


Lauren Kollosche 


Matthew Payne


Susan Young


Jade Lindley


Tracey Dickens


Shane Hughes

Layperson Member

Simon Carrivick

Layperson Member

Mandy Downing


Elizabeth Feutrill

Layperson member

Kerry Osling

Layperson member

Justine Burg

Layperson member

Rod Moore 

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

No Meeting January

Wed, 19 January 2022

Tue, 1 February 2022

Wed, 16 February 2022

Tue, 1 March 2022

Wed, 16 March 2022

Tue, 5 April 2022

Wed, 20 April 2022

Tue, 3 May 2022 

Wed, 18 May 2022

Tue, 7 June 2022

Wed, 15 June 2022

Tue, 5 July 2022

Wed, 20 July 2022

Tue, 2 August 2022

Wed, 17 August 2022

Tue, 6 September 2022

Wed, 14 September 2022

Tue, 4 October 2022

Wed, 19 October 2022

Tue, 6 December 2022

Wed, 16 November 2022

 No Meeting December