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Metro South Health operates a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) which provides ethical and scientific review/clearance of research projects.
The Metro South HREC (MSHREC) considers both the ethical and scientific validity of proposed research within Metro South Health. Under the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) coordinated National Mutual Acceptance, the MSHREC can also review for research projects conducted in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.
The MSHREC aims to:
The MSHREC is certified by the NHMRC (registration number EC00167).
It is constituted and functions in accordance with the NHMRC National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, Updated 2018) ('National Statement'). Please see the Ethical and Scientific Review of Human Research Procedure and Metro South Health HREC Terms of Reference (PDF, 148.97 KB)
Metro South Health has adopted the streamlined ethical clearance process for multi-centre research that helps to reduce unnecessary duplication of review of research.
The MSHREC meets at 5.00 pm, once a month on the first Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise indicated). Researchers must submit all required forms and documents by 12.00 noon on a closing date listed in the relevant document:
As per section 5.1.30 of the NHMRC National Statement, the membership of the MSHREC includes:
Our MSHREC members include:
Dr Mary Boyde, RN, BN, MN, MEd, PhD, MACN, is a Nurse Researcher in Cardiology and previously Nurse Educator with Nursing Practice Development Unit at PAH. Mary has been Deputy Chair of the MSHREC since 2019. She has been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Queensland and a Clinical Fellow, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology. Mary has extensive experience in clinical cardiology nursing, undergraduate and post graduate teaching. Her research is focussed on acute and chronic cardiology nursing, improving patient outcomes through non-pharmacological interventions and patient education.
Trained as a Biostatistician and a Epidemiologist, A/Prof Gibbons has extensive HREC experience following recnt tenure as the Deputy chair of Mater HREC Scientific Advisory Committee. With a unique ability to bridge the gap between statistician and clinician as well as an extensive publication record, A/Prof Gibbons joins Dr Mary Boyde in providing strategic leadership for the MSH HREC. Through her work as Senior Epidemiologist within the Child Health Research Centre at CHQ, Kristen is committed to providing opportunities for knowledge sharing across the research continuum to ensure high quality research outputs that place research ethics and integreity at the core of research practice.
The MSHREC serves one of Australia’s largest research communities, reviewing applications for research studies right across the translational research continuum. When people are involved in reviewing health research, they have the opportunity to shape the future health care for their community and improve health outcomes for all.
Research projects involving the following may require additional ethical and scientific review (ie in addition to MSHREC review):
Please see the Ethical and Scientific Review of Human Research Procedure (PR2017/113) for more information.