Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)
The committee's responsibilities and functions within the research governance framework are outlined in its Terms of Reference.
Composition of the HREC
- a chairperson, with suitable experience.
- at least two lay people, one man and one woman, who have no affiliation with Murdoch University, 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
- at least one person who performs a pastoral care role in a community (e.g. Minster of Religion or Aboriginal Elder).
- at least one lawyer.
- at least two people with current research experience that is relevant to research proposals to be considered at the meetings.
To ensure diverse representation of research areas, additional researchers are appointed to the committee. This requires additional members to be appointed in other categories to retain the overall balance of membership (at least one third of members must come from outside the university). Whenever possible there is an Indigenous voice on the Committee, and each of the sub-committees chairs are also on committee.
Possible Committee decisions
Standard conditions of approval
In order to simplify the paperwork for researchers, the HREC has a number of standard conditions of approval. These are generally conditions which apply to all projects or which need to be taken into consideration by everyone undertaking similar research. It is important for researchers to familiarise themselves with this part of the approval letter and to ensure compliance with these conditions. Any issues should be discussed with Research Ethics and Integrity as early as possible.