The Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (the Network) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is constituted by, and operates in accordance with requirements of, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

In accordance with NSW Ministry of Health policy, all health research projects involving persons in custodial or forensic mental health settings in NSW and/or staff of the Network require review by the Network under the NMA scheme.

Research projects only involving persons in custodial or forensic mental health settings and/or staff of the Network will be reviewed by the Network HREC alone. Projects that also involve other participants should be reviewed by the Network HREC and another appropriate HREC.

The objectives of the Network HREC are to:

  1. Protect the mental and physical welfare, rights, dignity and safety of participants of research;
  2. Promote ethical principles in human research;
  3. Review research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) incorporating all updates; and
  4. Facilitate ethical research through efficient and effective review processes.

The Network HREC is comprised of members representing the following categories:

a)    A Chairperson with suitable experience whose other responsibilities will not impair the HREC’s capacity to carry out its obligations under the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) incorporating all updates;

b)    At least two members who are lay people, one man and one woman, with no affiliation with the institution or organisation and not currently involved in medical, scientific, legal or academic work;

c)    At least one member with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people;

d)    At least one member who performs a pastoral care role in the community, for example, an Aboriginal elder or a minister of religion;

e)    At least one member who is a lawyer, where possible one who is not engaged to advise the institution for which the HREC is reviewing research; and

f)     At least two members with knowledge of and current research experience that is relevant to the applications to be considered at the meetings they attend.

The Network’s HREC is a NSW Health HREC and operates in accordance with relevant policies, guidelines and legislation. For more information, please visit the Resources and Research Governance and Ethics pages on our internet.

 

2019 Meeting Schedule

Closing date for submissions (midday)

Meeting date

Tuesday 12 February

Thursday 21 February

Tuesday 26 March

Thursday 4 April

Tuesday 4 June

Thursday 13 June

Tuesday 13 August

Thursday 22 August

Tuesday 15 October

Thursday 24 October

Tuesday 3 December

Thursday 12 December

 


The Network Human Research Ethics Committee Members

According to requirements outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (NHMRC), Human Research Ethics Committees are made up of recommended categories of expertise.

 

Name

Membership Category

Dr Megan Williams

Chairperson

Dr Katerina Lagios

Professional Care

Ms Robyn Lloyd

Professional Care

Adj. Prof Julia Bowman

Researcher

Dr Anna Dalecki

Researcher

Mr Michael Cecilio

Researcher

Ms Robyn Gray

Lawyer

Ms Sharlene McKenzie

Pastoral Care/Aboriginal Representative

Ms Alison Milne

Lay Woman

Mr Stephen Bunyan

Lay Man

Last updated: 6 February 2019

 

Complaints about the conduct of an approved research project

If you have a complaint about the conduct of a researcher or if you have concerns about the conduct of research study/projects or researcher, you can contact the Research Governance & Ethics Officer at any time via phone, email or post (details listed below).

Please include any details about the study and the name of the researcher responsible to assist with enquiries.

 

Complaints about the conduct of HREC members

If you have a complaint about the conduct of the Research Governance & Ethics Officer or the Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee, you can contact the Research Governance & Ethics Officer at any time via phone, email or post (details listed below).

Please provide as much information as possible to assist with enquiries.

Contact Details

Phone number: (02) 9700 3443

Email address:  ethics@justicehealth.nsw.gov.au

Postal address: Research Governance & Ethics Officer

Clinical and Corporate Governance Unit

Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network

PO Box 150 Matraville  NSW  2036

 

These processes are aligned with Section 8 of the Human Research Ethics Committees: Standard Operating Procedures for NSW Public Health Organisations http://www0.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/gl/2013/pdf/GL2013_009.pdf.

And Sections EO014 and 015 of the Operations Manual: Human Research Ethics Committee Executive officers http://www1.health.nsw.gov.au/pds/ActivePDSDocuments/GL2010_014.pdf.