The Metro South Hospital and Health Service (“Metro South Health”) operates a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) which provides ethical and scientific review/clearance of research projects.
The Metro South Health HREC considers both the ethical and scientific validity of proposed research within Metro South Health. Under the National Health and Medical Resaerch Council (NHMRC) coordinated National Mutual Acceptance, the Metro South HREC can also review for research projects conducted in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.
The Metro South Health HREC aims to:
- protect the mental and physical welfare, rights, dignity and safety of research participants
- facilitate and promote high calibre ethical research through efficient and effective review processes
- ensure that all clinical and ethical research is conducted responsibly.
The Metro South Health HREC 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) ('National Statement'). Please see the Ethical and Scientific Review of Human Research Procedure (PR2017-113) (PDF, 413.65 KB) and ECF2 Metro South Health HREC Terms of Reference.
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 Metro South Health HREC 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 the closing date listed in the annual Metro South Health HREC ECF3 HREC Application Closing Dates and HREC Meeting Dates.
Please see the Metro South Health HREC Application Closing Dates and Metro South Health HREC Meeting Dates Schedule attached to the Ethical and Scientific Review of Human Research Procedure (PR2017-113) (PDF, 413.65 KB) for more information.
As per section 5.1.30 of the NHMRC National Statement, the membership of the Metro South Health HREC includes:
- a chairperson, with suitable experience, whose other responsibilities will not impair the HREC's capacity to carry out its obligations under the National Statement
- at least two lay people, one man and one woman, who have no affiliation with the institution and do not currently engage in medical, scientific, legal or academic work
- at least one person with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people; for example, a nurse or allied health professional
- at least one person who performs a pastoral care role in a community, for example, an Aboriginal elder, a minister of religion
- at least one lawyer, where possible one who is not engaged to advise the institution
- at least two people with current research experience that is relevant to research proposals to be considered at the meetings they attend - these two members may be selected, according to need, from an established pool of inducted members with relevant expertise
Our Metro South Health HREC members include: