The North Coast NSW Human Research Ethics Committee

The composition of The North Coast NSW Human Research Ethics Committee (NCNSW HREC) is in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement – 2007).

The NCNSW HREC current membership is as follows:

Dr David Hutton Chair – Clinical Research
Knowledge/ experience of professional care (Medical)
Mr Paul Corben Chair – Non-Clinical Research
Current research experience (Public Health)
Mr Greg Bell Knowledge/experience of professional care
(Public Health)
Dr Robbie Lloyd Layman
Knowledge/experience of professional care
Dr Nicola Jayne Laywoman
(Knowledge of Statistics)
Ms Maria Kelly Laywoman
(Lawyer)
Ms Shaida Attaii Lawyer
Mrs Lydia Kalinowski Pastoral Role
Mr John Whiteford Knowledge/experience of professional care
(Pharmacist)
Ms Debbie Deasey Current research experience
Knowledge / experience of professional care (Nursing & Midwifery)
Mrs Catherine Helps Current research experience
Knowledge / experience of professional care (Nursing)
Ms Mandy Hubbard Current research experience
Knowledge / experience of professional care (Hospital Scientist/Public Health)
Ms Rosa Flaherty Knowledge/experience of professional care
(Psychology / Child Protection)
Current research experience
Ms Susie Malady Knowledge/experience of professional care  (Nursing & Midwifery)
Lawyer

 

If you are interested in become a member or would like further information about the NCNSW HREC – please contact:

Executive Officer NCNSW Human Research Ethics Committee PO Box 821 Murwillumbah NSW 2484 02 6672 0269

 

Terms of Reference:

Click here – to access the NCNSW HREC Terms of Reference (TOR)

 

Complaint Management:

Any person (including participants, researchers, staff, students, administrators etc) can make a complaint to the NCNSW HREC about any aspect of a research study.

Complaints should be directed to the:

Executive Officer NCNSW Human Research Ethics Committee PO Box 821 Murwillumbah NSW 2484 02 6672 0269

Alternatively – a complaint can be directed to the Northern NSW Local Health District Consumer Relations Manager via the following link: http://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/northern-nsw-local-health-district/complaints-and-compliments/

Further information regarding complaints to the NCNSW HREC is contained within the NCNSW HREC TOR - the following is an extract from the TOR:

8. Appeals and Complaints

8.1 Appeals regarding HREC rejection
8.1.1 Where the HREC has   rejected an application, the investigator has the discretion to:

  • Submit a new application to the same HREC, taking due account of  the HREC’s concerns; or
  • Lodge an appeal with the HREC Chairperson specifying the grounds of the appeal in writing.
8.2 Appeals regarding HREC approval
8.2.1 Where the HREC has   given a favourable decision on an application and

  • An ethical or scientific issue is subsequently identified by any party; or
  • It has become apparent that the decision was based on inconsistent application of policy and guidelines

a written appeal is lodged with the Chairperson in the first instance.

8.3 Appeals to the Chief Executive
8.3.1 If the appellant   considers that the HREC has failed to follow due process after making an   appeal in line with 8.1 and 8.2 and remains unsatisfied with the outcome,   they have the discretion to lodge an appeal with the Chief Executive or   delegate of the Public Health Organisation or request that the Chairperson do so.
8.4 Complaints about the conduct of HREC members
8.4.1 Complaints about the   conduct of an HREC member are managed by the Chief Executive or delegate who   informs the Chairperson of the complaint.
8.5 Complaints about the   conduct of an approved research project.
8.5.1 Complaints about the   conduct of an authorised research project, including allegations of research   misconduct, are managed in accordance with the Public Health Organisations   local complaint handling procedures.