Are you interested in joining our Human Research Ethics Committee?

We are calling for expressions of interest for members who would like to join our Committee.

Specifically the Committee are looking for members to join to represent:

  • Lay People
  • Legal

Committee members are provided with an opportunity to complete relevant education and training with remuneration available for certain candidates.

Committee membership requires some commitment. Agendas are distributed prior to each meeting and often require several hours of preparatory reading.

The Committee meets at the Justice Health Administration Centre (JHAC), 1300 Anzac Parade, Malabar and/or virtually six times a year on a Thursday afternoon at 1pm. Meetings typically run for two hours.

If this sounds like it could be for you, or you would like more information please contact Victoria Bell Research Governance and Ethics Officer on (02) 9700 3443 or at:

Applications should consist of a CV and brief cover letter introducing yourself, your interest in the area and any relevant experience. Your application will be considered by the Research Governance and Ethics Officer and the HREC Chair.

Applications close 30 June 2023.

The Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Research Ethics Committee

  • Meetings are held six times a year on a Thursday afternoon from February-December.
  • Meetings start at 1pm, duration generally two
  • The number of studies – average between three and six per

Tasks/responsibilities of Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Research Ethics Committee members

  • Each member of the Committee is assigned as the reviewer for 1-2 studies each month.
  • Reviewing research applications involves familiarising yourself with each study Protocol and other supporting documentation and considering whether the proposed research meets the Values and Principles of Ethical Conduct detailed in Section 1 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). Ethical review of human research projects largely involves considering the risks and benefits of research, and participants’ consent (National Statement Section 2).
  • Each member is provided with the agenda, minutes from the previous meeting and files for each study for their review. Members are expected to complete all pre-reading before the
  • Preparation for the meeting usually takes between two and five hours. Meetings occur six times a

The conditions of appointment

  • The term of appointment for members is normally three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further three
  • A member may resign from the Committee at any time upon giving one month’s notice in writing to the
  • Members of the committee agree to conduct themselves according to the values of Justice Health – Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. 
  • Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network will provide indemnity for members of the Committee for any liabilities that arise as a result of the member exercising their duties as member in good
  • You will be required to submit your
  • You will be asked to sign a confidentiality
  • Remuneration is available for certain candidates.