Human Research Ethics Committee
The role of the Joondalup Health Campus Human Research Ethics Committee (JHC HREC, EC00267) is to provide an ethical review of proposed research in accordance with principles that are set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2015) (‘National Statement’).
Central to the conduct of ethically sound research are the principles of respect, fairness and the protection of study participants. When research is conducted ethically it values and respects the individual, fairly distributes any benefits or burdens of research throughout society, and minimises harm to participants. Unless proposed research also has merit and is conducted with integrity, the involvement of human participants in research cannot be ethically justified.
The JHC HREC is constituted and operates in accordance with the requirements of the National Statement, which means it has medical, care provider, research, legal, pastoral care and community representation.
The JHC HREC considers applications for research and quality improvement projects to be carried out at:
- Joondalup Health Campus (including Joondalup Private Hospital)
- Glengarry Private Hospital
- Peel Health Campus and
- a number of private organisations.
The ethical aspects of research conducted at any of the above locations must be approved by the JHC HREC unless otherwise arranged with the JHC ethics staff. The JHC HREC aims to deliver a timely and satisfactory decision to researchers.
In addition, the JHC HREC monitors ongoing research projects and obtains regular reports about the progress and results of research being undertaken.
The JHC ethics staff can help researchers identify and consider aspects of their project which may have ethical implications, such as participant recruitment, consent and privacy. Ethics staff can also assist researchers by providing information about the application process and the preparation of necessary documents. For further information, please contact JHC ethics staff.
JHC HREC meetings are held monthly (except January) with links to the application forms and deadlines for upcoming meetings provided below. The Committee also accepts the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) which must be submitted with the JHC HREC HREA supplementary form.
The review process is not intended to inhibit research, but rather to ensure that ethical considerations are being taken seriously before the project begins. Therefore the ethical evaluation of research should not be regarded as an obstacle to be overcome, but rather as a fundamental part of the research process.
Participants: If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in a research project, please contact JHC Executive Office on (08) 9400 9404. Any complaint you make will be investigated by an independent party, treated in confidence and you will be informed of the outcome.
Researchers: If you are a researcher with concerns about the ethical review process, please contact JHC ethics staff in the first instance.
How to contact the JHC Human Research Ethics Committee
Phone: (08) 9400 9400 (ext. 6404)
Phone: (08) 9400 9897
Phone: (08) 9400 9271
Forms and deadlines:
About the JHC HREC: