Skip links and keyboard navigation

Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

Metro South Health operates a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) which gives ethics approval to medical research projects.

The HREC reviews the ethical and scientific validity of proposed research within Metro South Hospital and Health Service, as well as some studies conducted in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The 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 registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (registration number EC00167).

It is constituted and functions in accordance with the NHMRC National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

View the HREC terms of reference (PDF, 262.36 KB).

Meeting dates

The Metro South Health HREC meets at 5pm, once a month on the first Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise indicated).


Closing date – 2018 (submit by 12pm)Meeting date – 2018
18 January6 February
15 February6 March
22 March10 April
19 April1 May
17 May5 June
14 June3 July
12 July7 August
16 August4 September
13 September9 October
18 October6 November
15 November

4 December

HREC Meeting Dates and Checklist 2018 (PDF, 240.03 KB)


As per section 5.1.30 of the NHMRC National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007), the membership of the Metro South Health HREC includes:

  • (a) a chairperson, with suitable experience, whose other responsibilities will not impair the HREC’s capacity to carry out its obligations under this National Statement
  • (b) 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
  • (c) 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
  • (d) at least one person who performs a pastoral care role in a community, for example, an Aboriginal elder, a minister of religion
  • (e) at least one lawyer, where possible one who is not engaged to advise the institution
  • (f) 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.

Associate Professor Richard Roylance

Richard Roylance

Category a—Richard Roylance B Med Sc, MBBS, FRACP, is Associate Professor School of Medicine Griffith University, Senior Staff Specialist Paediatrician Queensland health, Vice President-International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect and President-Churchill Fellows Association of Queensland. He hold several professional and elected appointments at PAH, Griffith University, Queensland Paediatric Quality Council, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Selection Committee. International and Regional presentations and publications Australia, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne as well as invited speaker to Cairns, Berlin, Holllywood, Denver, Adelaide, Buenos Aires, Washington, Kuala Lumpur, etc.

Ms Beverley Kurkowski

Beverley Kurkowski

Category b—Bev Kurkowski BA. Dip Ed. Grad Cert Editing and Publishing has been a member of the Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee since 2009, when she semi-retired after a long career in schools, both public and private. She has also worked for two years as the co-ordinator of resource services for MontroseAccess, a disability service organisation catering for children and young people who suffer from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and other neuro-muscular conditions. Bev values her time on the committee as a learning experience and have learned a great deal about research ethics as a result of her membership. She has also learned how brave and generous participants in research can be if their right to make decisions based on ethical principles of respect, justice and beneficence is appreciated. She sees her role on the committee as that of an ordinary person with an ordinary understanding and a range of experiences in hospital and medical settings as a spouse, daughter, sister and mother. When she reads a PICF, she trys to see the process of informed consent from the perspective of the participant.

Mr Bruce Monley

Bruce Monley

Category d—Bruce Monley has had a career in education and librarianship, having worked for the State Library of Queensland's public library services for 24 years. He has been active in the Buddhist community both as director of Brisbane's Langri Tangpa Centre and now working with Karuna Hospice's education program.

Dr Paul Spurling

Paul Spurling

Category b—Dr Paul Spurling holds the degrees of B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc and Ph.D in Physics from the University of Queensland; he has a post graduate Diploma in Information Systems from QUT in Brisbane. Dr Spurling has worked for the University of Queensland as a tutor and researcher in Physics at the University of Queensland. He has worked in a number of Government and corporate centres as an I.T. consultant. The installations Dr Spurling has supported as an I.T. consultant include electricity, health and environmental science. Dr Spurling’s Ph.D in Physics researched the theme of magnetic storms in the Ionosphere, his mathematical training included statistics and his physics training is relevant to aspects of medical science. He is married to Florence Spurling and their son is a doctor at the Indigenous Health Unit in Inala.

Ms (Aunty) Betty McGrady

Category d

Mr John Buswell

John Buswell

Category b—John Buswell holds a B.Sc, major in Statistics from the University of Queensland. He works as a data analyst for a leading Australian analytics consultancy. John has a keen interest in cycling and music and taking part in the community based aspects of them. As a lay member on the HREC committee, he sees his role as taking a broader perspective of the applications while his statistics knowledge acts as a basis for more technical understanding of applications.

Mr John Bennett

Category e

Dr Trevor Jordan

Trevor Jordan

Category b—Dr Trevor Jordan is a Public Assessor on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, a community member of the Performance and Professional Standards Panel of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority and President of Jigsaw Queensland. He has had over twenty years’ experience in teaching and researching applied and professional ethics in a wide range of fields, including public sector ethics, criminal justice ethics, health care ethics, human services and social work ethics. He has a special interest is ethics and adoption.

Ms Susan Gardiner

Susan Gardiner

Category e—Susan Gardiner LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Hons) has had a notable career as a Queensland Lawyer, Mediator and Tribunal Member. She has been a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia since 1984. She is a highly experienced Mediator and Conciliator, and trainer in these fields. Susan was a Deputy Registrar of the Family Court of Australia from 1986 to 1999, and held the roles of National Director of Mediation and Regional Appeals Registrar during this period. She returned to the Bar in 1999 to undertake a practice in Dispute Resolution. In 2000 Susan became an inaugural Deputy President of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal and was President of the Children Services Tribunal (a position she concurrently held with her appointment as Deputy President of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal). Susan was then appointed as President of the Queensland Guardianship and Administration Tribunal in 2006. She led that Tribunal into its merger with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on its creation in 2009. Susan was appointed as a member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2009, a position she continues to hold. Susan’s tribunal work includes making decisions about impaired decision-making capacity, authorising restrictive practices and special health matters for both adults and children and approving clinical research for adults. She has broad experience in the fields of medico-legal administration, practice and regulation.

Ms Cara Joyce (CJ) Cabilan

Cara Joyce (CJ) Cabilan

Category c—CJ works as a Clinical Research Nurse in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Mater’s Nursing Research Centre. Prior to embarking a full-time research position CJ was a registered nurse in a general-surgical department that also provides care for patients undergoing colorectal, breast, upper GI and hepatobiliary surgery. Her research interests include systematic reviews, evidence translation, evidence-based nursing, nursing education, patient and staff safety, and outcomes of colorectal cancer treatment on physical activity, functional status, and quality of life.

Associate Professor Peter Mollee

Peter Mollee

Category f—Peter Mollee MBBS(Hons), MMedSc, FRACP, FRCPA, practices as a consultant haematologist in clinical and laboratory haematology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and is an Associate Professor with the University of Queensland. He holds appointments with the Medical Scientific Advisory Group of the Myeloma Foundation of Australia and chairs the Myeloma Subgroup Committee of the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group. Dr Mollee obtained a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology with a specialisation in Research Protocol Design and has a special interest in the plasma cell dyscrasias, particularly AL amyloidosis.

Dr Mary Boyde

Mary Boyde

Category c—Mary Boyde, RN, BN, MN, MEd, PhD, MANC Mary Boyde, works as a Nurse Researcher in Cardiology and Nurse Educator for the Nursing Practice Development Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Mary;s past 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.

Dr Elizabeth McCaffrey

Category f—After starting a career in zoology, Dr McCaffrey completed her medical career and is now a Staff Specialist Medical Oncologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital who has a strong research profile participating in many collaborative and commercially sponsored clinical trials.

Mr Kelly Perkins

Kelly Perkins

Category c—Kelly Perkins is the Clinical Trials and Medical Research Coordinator for 3A Intensive Care Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Prior to becoming a research coordinator, Kelly worked for Queensland Health as a registered nurse in General Medicine, Intensive care and in Specialised Health Services (QLD Tuberculosis Control Centre) for 2 years and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Health Care Research at Griffith University.

Dr Nikola Stepanov

Dr Nikola Stepanov

Category f—Nikola enjoys a wide and varied professional portfolio which includes working as a children's ethicist; a research ethicist; an ethics and health law academic; a mediator; and also as a consultant to government and industry. She lectures into the UQ MBBS/ MD courses, and coordinates the School of Medicine's health ethics and law course for the Bachelor of Health Science program (Hlth3000).

Her educational background is as diverse as her taste in 80s music and includes undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in health, ethics and education; a recently completed PhD in paediatric medicine, professional ethics,  and (human rights) law with The University of Melbourne, and training and certification in mediation with the Department of Justice (Qld) under the National Mediator Assessment Scheme.  Nikola is also currently completing the Juris Doctor (DJUR) with plans to continue to combine her academic career with a legal/mediation career specialising in children's matters. She is passionate about child advocacy and is a child-friendly and child-focussed practitioner. Nikola has also published in a variety of areas and recently co-authored a book chapter on research ethics in n of 1 studies with A/Prof Andrew Crowden, Dr Sunita Vohra and Dr Gordon Guyatt OC (the founder of ‘evidenced- based medicine’).

Nikola sits on a number of committees including the Queensland Children’s Centre for Health Ethics and Lady (at the Lady Cilento  Children’s Hospital), the UQ Human Experimentation Ethical Review Committee, and on this committee (the Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee) as a category "F".  In her spare time Nikola is a keen but slow distance runner. Other interests include sleeping, chocolate, powder skiing on sunny days, and playing forgotten 1980's hits on her tarnished saxophone "Walter". 

Dr Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Category c—Jennifer is the Coordinator of the Metro South Clinical Ethics Service, member of the Metro South Clinical Ethics Committee and member of the Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee. She brings a broad range of knowlege and experience to these roles. Her work within the service is primarily educational and advisory. She facilitates monthly forums on the often challenging 'non-clinical' aspects of providing best practice outcomes but is also called upon to offer ethical expertise in complex clinical cases/situations. Her academic qualifications include a Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Ethics), Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1), Cert of Education, Cert of Nursing. Jenny was awarded the Queensland University of Technology's University Medal for her undergraduate studies and a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her doctoral studies.

Professor Rick Jackson

Category f—Professor Richard Jackson is a Professor of Medicine at Griffith University, Director of Neuroendocrine Research at Logan hospital as well as Consultant Endocrinologist/General Physician at Logan Hospital. Prof Jackson has a long and distinguished clinical and research career holding multiple appointments on academic boards and subcommittees. He is currently a Principal Investigator in a number of clinical trials of newer pharmaceutical agents in type 2 diabetes.

Dr Adam La Caze

Adam Lacaze

Category f—Dr Adam La Caze is a Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland. Prior joining the School, Dr La Caze worked as a pharmacist in a range of settings including hospital, community and research. Dr La Caze's primary area of research is philosophy of science. His research focuses on philosophical approaches to the questions that arise in medicine and healthcare, including the appropriate interpretation and application of clinical research. Dr La Caze is also a member of a group of researchers in the School of Pharmacy that work to better understand the reasons why patients choose to take or not take prescribed medicines.

Associate Professor Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell

Category f, Deputy Chairperson, Chair Low Risk Review Panel—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.

Ms Florence Spurling

Flo Spurling

Category d—Florence Spurling is a graduate in Literature (B.A. Hons 1, University Medal) from the University of Queensland; she has a graduate diploma in theology from the United Theological College in Sydney and twelve months training in counselling psychology from QUT in Brisbane. Florence worked in the Religion and Ethics Unit of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 31 years. During that time she produced hundreds of Encounter features for ABC Radio National on themes as diverse as religion and science, politics and literature, Indigenous health and culture, mental health, sexual abuse in the Church and child sexual abuse. She has made a number of mental health features which have attracted the respect of health professionals in Australia and overseas, including a feature-documentary about schizophrenia which was broadcast in March 2012. Throughout her career, Florence Spurling also produced programs about palliative care, disability and the spiritual issues relating to illness and death. She has won several United Nations, Human Rights and New York Radio Festival Awards for her Encounter programs. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (Australia and New Zealand Chapter). Florence Spurling retired from the ABC in March 2013 and her final on staff program was an Encounter about the Murri Clinic which cares for Indigenous mothers and babies, located at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. Florence continues to produce programs for ABC Radio National as a contractor, including a July 2013 Encounter program about the pastoral care work of the Churches during and after the Bundaberg floods in Queensland. Her family are almost entirely medical. She is married to Dr Paul Spurling.

Dr Marianne Wyder

Marianne Wyder

Category f—Marianne Wyder’s career has been unconventional and spans the Government, Non-Government and University sector. From 2007 to 2010 she took a career break to look after her two young children (born in 2007 and 2008). During this break she worked on a sessional basis as a lecturer/tutor at the University of Queensland’ School of Social Sciences and have been commissioned to write different Government research and Non- Government reports. Marianne recommenced her research career in 2011 when she was awarded a part time UQ Women’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship which finished in 2014. From 2014 to 2015 she formalised her affiliation with Social Work by completing a Masters in Social Work. Marianne is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services.

Associate Professor David McEwan

David McEwan

Category d—A/Prof David McEwan is both an Academic Dean/Lecturer at Nazarene Theological College Brisbane and is also a Pastor at Logan Community Church of the Nazarene. In 2006 A/Prof McEwan was awarded a University of Queensland PhD, specialising in Theology, Pastoral Theology.  Previously, he obtained a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. A/Prof McEwan has significant theological expertise and experience, having taught both undergraduate and post-graduate coursework in Theology and Pastoral Theology. He teaches across the Globe, in both first and third world countries including South America and Vietnam. He has a large published academic portfolio and has given many Plenary Addresses and Conference presentations.

Mr Burhan Khan

Category f—Mr Burhan Khan is currently a Visiting Scholar/Research Assistant within the University of Queensland/Translational Research Institute; working under Dr Ian Frazer.  Prior to 2017 Burhan worked in the United States of America; at a number of medical/academic organisations.  His appointments included a two year stint with the National Institutes of Health where as a Technical Research Fellow Burhan worked on Innate immune response to viral (HSV-1, LACV, Zika) infections of the central nervous system.  At the University of Montana Burhan worked on pharmacogenetics in American Indian populations and from 2006 to 2007 Burhan was a Clinical Research Associate at the Children’s Hospital of Chicago. 

As a Visiting Scholar, Burhan is currently undertaking a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) through the University of Queensland School of Medicine and Ochsner Clinical School, New Orleans. 

Ms Nicolla Lewin

Category c—Nicolla has extensive clinical/research nursing experience.  She is currently Clinical Nurse Consultant within the Clinical Research Facility (CRF), on the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) grounds.  In this position Nicolla is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the CRF under the direction of the Centres for Health Research. 

Previously, Nicolla worked as a Clinical Nurse in a number of different settings.  From late 2015 until early 2017 Nicolla worked within the PAH’s  Oncology Daycare, managing a number of workplace items including the facilitation of  the implementation of hospital wide electronic medical records and operation as a Clinical Research nurse on a large, randomized controlled trial. 

Prior to these appointments, Nicolla worked, for some years, in the United Kingdom; as a Senior Chemotherapy Nurse and earlier, a Senior Nurse Educator at University College London hospitals.  During this period, Nicolla also worked as a Clinical Skills Facilitator at London Southbank University.  

Ms Lisette Knight

Lisette Knight

Category c—Lisette is a Registered Nurse/Clinical Nurse Researcher. A former QUT student, Lisette now coordinates research in the PAH’s Emergency Department; a role she has occupied since 2011. Prior to this time, Lisette held a number of registered nursing positions; providing nursing assistance to a wide range of clientele, including (but not limited to) children, infants, emergency presentations and the elderly population. Lisette is most interested in this key research function, looking forward to expanding her knowledge/expertise of all types of research.

Last updated 15 January 2018
Last reviewed 23 April 2018

Page feedback

Contact (optional)

Please provide your phone number or email address if you are happy for us to contact you with any follow-up questions.