Eastern Health Research and Ethics Committee
Eastern Health Research and Ethics Committee is a Human Research and Ethics Committee or HREC that is constituted in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC 2007).
This means that the HREC consists of the required number of members who fit the recommended criteria as stipulated in the guidelines.
Additionally the Eastern Health Research and Ethics Committee is certified by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in February 2012. This means that the NHMRC has assessed and deemed the HREC processes as meeting the requirements of the above mentioned National Statement.
- Current Member Listing (download)
- Terms of Reference (download)
- Standard Operating Procedures – Scientific and Ethical Review (download)
- Standard Operating Procedures – Governance Review of Multi-centre Research (download)
- Eastern Health Research Policy (download)
Research with a ‘Waiver of Consent’
Consent to participate in research must be voluntary, and based on sufficient information and adequate understanding of both the proposed research and the implications of participation in it. The requirement for consent may sometimes be justifiably waived. In this case research participants will characteristically not know that they, or perhaps their tissue or data, are involved in the research.
Only an HREC may grant waiver of consent for research using personal information in medical research, or personal health information.
A list of research projects where a ‘waiver of consent’ has been granted in the most recent months is available (download)
The Office of Research and Ethics
The Office of Research and Ethics was established in 2010 under the leadership of the inaugural Director of Research. Personnel of the Office provide:
- administrative support to the Eastern Health Research and Ethics Committee
- research support to the Eastern Health research community
- monitoring and governance of on-going research at Eastern Health
Applications must be submitted to the following address (hard copy) and generic email (electronic files):
Eastern Health Office of Research and Ethics
5 Arnold Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
Specific queries should be addressed to the appropriate person, as described below.
Pat Sterling – Ethics Officer (Full Ethics Committee)
Queries pertaining to single site ethical approval for new projects that are more than low risk
Work days: Part time, Mon, Wed, Fri, and alternate Thurs
Ph: 03 9895 3398
Gavin Davies – Administrative Assistant (Ethics Sub-Committee and Chair Review)
Queries pertaining to single site ethical submissions for already approved projects, eg safety reports, annual progress reports, notifications of deviations, changes in personnel.
Work days: Part time, Mon - Thurs
Ph: 03 9895 3265
Astrid Nordmann – Governance Officer (Office processing and Chair Review)
Queries pertaining to multi-site ethical approval and single-site low risk applications.
Work days: Full time, Mon – Fri
Ph: 03 9895 3100
Lai Wan Reid – Manager
Queries pertaining to policies, procedures, regulatory requirements, financial issues.
David Taylor – Director of Research and University Relations
Jo Wainer – Research Fellow