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, 336.03 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:
Associate Professor Scott Campbell
Chairperson — Scott Campbell is a Senior Staff Specialist and Deputy Director in the Department of Nephrology, Princess Alexandra Hospital. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 1986 with the University Medal. He completed his Specialist training in 1993 and has PhD in Transplantation Immunology. His primary clinical and research interest is in the area of Renal Transplantation. Other professional activities include: Metro South HREC, Member, January 2009 – current; Metro South HREC, Deputy Chair, June 2010 – current; National Renal Transplant Advisory Committee, Member, July 1999 – current; National Renal Transplant Advisory Committee, Chair, 2004 – 2013; Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand, Honorary Treasurer and Councillor, 2009 – 2013.
Dr Mary Boyde
Deputy Chairperson (Low Risk) —Mary Boyde, RN, BN, MN, MEd, PhD, MANC, works as a Nurse Researcher in Cardiology and Nurse Educator for the Nursing Practice Development Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Mary’s experience in cardiovascular nursing and education has led to an interest in patient education. Mary’s PhD research focused on developing effective patient education strategies for people with chronic heart failure. As a Nurse Educator Mary contributes to the professional development of nursing staff within the areas of cardiology and patient education. Mary's research continues to focus on investigating and developing effective patient education strategies.
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.