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Review committees

ECU’s proportional approach to the review of human and animal research is supported by four review committees.  For more information about these committees, please refer to each below.

Academic Board at ECU has responsibility for ensuring all human and animal research is conducted in accordance with relevant national, state and local legislation, policies and guidelines.  It delegates this authority to the Executive of the Human Research Ethics Committee and for animals to the Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee.  Human research review is managed by the HREC who then delegate their responsibility for low and negligible risk research to other review committees as represented in the diagram below.

Responsibility for the review of human and ethics review at ECU.

Human Research Ethics Committee

The University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is responsible for the review of human research ethics applications which involve greater than a low risk of harm to human research participants. The HREC will review applications from students and staff whose research qualifies for this review pathway. Download the Terms of Reference for the HREC.

School-based Human Research Ethics Subcommittees

At ECU all low risk research is reviewed by one of eight School-based Human Research Ethics Subcommittees. These Subcommittees have delegated authority from the HREC to review research which represents no more than a low risk of harm to participants. Download the Terms of Reference for the School-based Subcommittees.

The eight Subcommittee’s and their membership is listed below.

Chairperson

  • Dr Deirdre Drake

Members

  • Dr Lyndall Adams
  • Dr David Robinson
  • Dr Christopher Kueh
  • Dr Hanadi Haddad
  • Dr Paul Uhlmann
  • Dr Marcella Polain
  • Associate Professor Pamela Henry
  • Dr Sharan Kraemer
  • Dr Natalie Gately
  • Dr Jane Tudor-Owen
  • Dr Ross Hollett

Chairperson

  • Dr Reza Kiani Mavi

Members

  • Dr Violetta Wilk
  • Mr Ken Yin
  • Dr Jen Lajom

Chairperson

  • Associate Professor Nicola Johnson

Members

  • Dr Margaret Merga
  • Dr Gillian Kirk
  • Dr Cath Ferguson
  • Dr John O'Rourke

Chairperson

  • Associate Professor Mehdi Khiadani

Members

  • Professor Stefan Iglauer
  • Associate Professor Iftekhar Ahmad
  • Associate Professor Guangzhi Sun

Chairperson

  • Associate Professor Chris Abbiss

Members

  • Dr Brennen Mills
  • Dr Dianne Hawk
  • Dr Lois Balmer
  • Dr Julie Dare
  • Dr Eugene Hone
  • Mr David Reid
  • Dr Danielle Bartlett
  • Associate Professor Therese O'Sullivan
  • Professor Greg Haff
  • Dr Kristina Kendall
  • Associate Professor Mandy Stanley
  • Dr Jemma Berry
  • Mrs Ashleigh McEvoy
  • Dr James Croft

Chairperson

  • Dr Linda Coventry

Members

  • Associate Professor Diana Arabiat
  • Dr Olivia Gallagher
  • Ms Karla Seaman
  • Professor Evalotte Morelius
  • Ms Kylie McCullough
  • Associate Professor Elisabeth Jacob

Chairperson

  • Associate Professor Ute Mueller

Members

  • Associate Professor Mark Lund
  • Dr Patryk Szewczyk

Chairperson

  • Dr Matthew Styles

Members

  • Associate Professor Jonathan Paget
  • Dr Jonathan Marshall
  • Dr Helen Rusak
  • Dr Lyndall Adams
  • Dr Luke Hopper
  • Mr Jame Oehlers

Negligible Risk Review Subcommittee

The Negligible Risk Review Subcommittee is comprised of the Research Ethics Team and overseen by the Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee.  This expedited review committee will typically review a negligible risk project within one to two weeks.  Depending on the level of feedback requested, your project may need to be considered by reviewers for a second time.

Download the Terms of Reference for the Negligible Risk Subcommittee.

Animal Ethics Committee

The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) was established by the University Council to ensure the humane care of animals used for scientific purposes, including teaching, by staff and students, and to assist staff and students in the consideration of ethical issues involved in research.

All research or teaching activities involving the use of animals for scientific purposes, requires approval from the Committee.

Download the Terms of Reference for the Animal Ethics Committee.

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