The North Coast NSW Human Research Ethics Committee

Last updated: 08/02/2021

The North Coast NSW Human Research Ethics Committee (NCNSW HREC) provides scientific and ethical review of human research:

  • Conducted at Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNC LHD) and/or Northern New South Wales Local Health District  (NNSW LHD); and/or
  • involving participants, tissue or data accessed through MNC or NNSW LHDs.

The North Coast New South Wales (NCNSW) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is constituted and operates in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) incorporating all updates by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council and Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee.

The current NCNSW HREC membership is:

Dr David Hutton Chairperson – Clinical Research
Dr Tony Lower Chairperson – Non-Clinical Research
Mr Neal Marks Layman
Dr Nicola Jayne Laywoman 
Ms Maria Kelly Laywoman
Ms Dorothy (Dot) Holdom Laywoman
Rev Simon Reeve Pastoral Role
Mr Stephen Downs Knowledge/Experience of Professional Care
Ms Karen Beattie Knowledge/Experience of Professional Care
Ms Gowri Sriraman Knowledge/Experience of Professional Care
Mr Ashley Handy Knowledge/Experience of Professional Care
Mr Skye White Knowledge/Experience of Professional Care
Ms Samantha Petersen Knowledge/Experience of Professional Care
Ms Molly Magahy Knowledge/Experience of Professional Care
Dr Kazi Rahman Research Experience
Dr Christina Aggar Research Experience
Dr Sabrina Pit Research Experience
Dr Linda Ferrington Research Experience
Ms L-A Thomas Lawyer
Ms Amanda Tucker Lawyer
Ms Alicia Northcott Lawyer

Interested in becoming a HREC member?

HREC members volunteer their time to review submissions before a meeting and to meet once a month by teleconference or by videoconferencing. HREC membership is for 3 years with the opportunity for extension.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals with current research experience relevant to research proposals considered by the NCNSW HREC.

If you are interested in volunteering your services please submit your curriculum vitae by email to the Executive Officer, NCNSW HREC at NNSWLHD-Ethics@health.nsw.gov.au.

For more information, please call (02) 6672 0269.

Contact: Rebecca Lavery, Executive Officer to the North Coast NSW Human Research Ethics Committee.
Email: NNSWLHD-Ethics@health.nsw.gov.au or telephone (02) 6672 0269.

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