More than Low Risk Research

UNSW has two Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) both of which are registered and certified with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Both HRECs are responsible for reviewing more than low risk research.

The Presiding Member for Human Research at UNSW is Associate Professor John Hunt.

Human Research Ethics Committee Submission Closing Dates

Applications must be submitted by no later than 9:00am on the closing date. Outcomes of the meeting will be circulated via email within 10 business days from the meeting date.

2018

  • Submission closing deadlines for 2018 have now closed

 

2019    
Closing Date Meeting Date Committee
Monday, 4 February 2019 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 Committee A
Monday, 4 February 2019 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 Committee B
Monday, 18 February 2019 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 Committee A
Monday, 4 March 2019 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 Committee B
Monday, 25 March 2019 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 Committee A
Monday, 8 April 2019 Tuesday, 16 April 2019 Committee B
Monday, 22 April 2019 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 Committee A
Monday, 6 May 2019 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 Committee B
Monday, 20 May 2019 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 Committee A
Monday, 3 June 2019 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 Committee B
Monday, 17 June 2019 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 Committee A
Monday, 8 July 2019 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 Committee  B
Monday, 22 July 2019 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 Committee  A
Monday, 5 August 2019 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 Committee  B
Monday, 19 August 2019 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 Committee  A
Monday, 2 September 2019 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 Committee  B
Monday, 23 September 2019 Tuesday, 8 October 2019 Committee  A
Monday, 7 October 2019 Tuesday, 22 October 2019 Committee  B
Monday, 28 October 2019 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 Committee  A
Monday, 4 November 2019 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 Committee  B 
Monday, 18 November 2019 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 Committee  A
Monday, 18 November 2019 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 Committee  B
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What is More than Low Risk Research?

Research which involves a risk of harm is considered more than low risk research. (National Statement paragraphs 5.1.19 to 5.1.23).

The following types of research require review by a HREC:

  • Interventions and therapies, including clinical and non-clinical trials, and innovations;
  • Human genetics;
  • Women who are pregnant and the human fetus;
  • People highly dependent on medical care who may be unable to give consent;
  • People with a cognitive impairment, an intellectual disability, or a mental illness;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples;
  • People who may be involved in illegal activities;
  • Research where a waiver of consent is being sought to access or use personal information in medical research, or personal health information.
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What Is Harm?

Physical harms: including injury, illness, pain;

Psychological harms: including feelings of worthlessness, distress, guilt, anger or fear related, for example, to disclosure of sensitive or embarrassing information, or learning about a genetic possibility of developing an untreatable disease;

Devaluation of personal worth: including being humiliated, manipulated or in other ways treated disrespectfully or unjustly;

Social harms: including damage to social networks or relationships with others; discrimination in access to benefits, services, employment or insurance; social stigmatisation; and findings of previously unknown paternity status;

Economic harms: including the imposition of direct or indirect costs on participants;

Legal harms: including discovery and prosecution of criminal conduct.

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Submission requirements

To submit the application form you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Attach your completed UNSW Ethics Application Form (and all corresponding documents) to an email.
  2. If your research involves the use of a medical drug or device, please attach the additional clinical trial documentation.
  3. Attach an email or letter of support for the project from Head of School.
  4. In the cc section of the email, copy in any named student investigator(s) or co-investigator(s) listed on the application.
  5. The person listed as the Chief Investigator must send the application using their work email address.
  6. Submit email to humanethics@unsw.edu.au with More than Low Risk Research Application marked in the ‘subject’ title section of the email.
  7.  Your form will be reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee at its next available meeting. 

 

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UNSW HREC Committee A (EC00397) - Membership
Professor Sean Emery

Chairperson

Ms Cherry Siu

Lawyer

Ms Deborah Lum

Lawyer

Ms Ruth Pojer

Laywoman

Dr Raj Shanker

Layman

Dr Lesley Heath

Laywoman

Mr Mark Green

Pastoral Care

Dr Bridianne O'Dea

Professional Care

Dr William Brooks

Professional Care

Ms Cathy Thomson

Researcher

Dr Tiffany Jessop

Researcher

Dr Steven Most

Researcher 

Leonne Thompson

Secretariat

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UNSW HREC Committee B (EC00142) - Membership

Name

Membership Category

Dr Jenny Richmond

Chairperson

Ms Joanne Miniter

Laywoman

Mr Peter Robertson

Layman

Mr Glynn Gill

Lawyer

Mr Lewis Jones

Pastoral Care

A/Prof Leong Chan

Researcher

Dr Juno Kim

Researcher

Dr John Booth

Researcher

Prof Lynn Chenoweth

Professional Care

Ayse Selcuk

Secretariat 

 

 

 

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