Human Research Ethics Committee
The Children’s Health Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) reviews the ethical and scientific validity of proposed research within the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS), as well as studies conducted in other Queensland health services, New South Wales, Victoria, Australia Capital Territory, West Australia and South Australia. The CHQ HREC is constituted and functions in accordance with the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) and the Queensland Health Research Management Policy and all subsequent updates.
The CHQ HREC acts in a consultative and advisory capacity with researchers to ensure that all clinical, research and management practices are conducted in an ethical and scientifically robust manner. The purpose of the committee, in accordance with the National Statement, is to ensure that all research is conducted in an ethical manner and to promote and foster ethical and good clinical/health research practice that is of benefit to the community.
Key objectives of the committee are to:
- Protect the mental and physical welfare, rights, dignity and safety of research participants
- Facilitate and promote high calibre ethical research through efficient and effective review processes
- Ensure that all clinical and ethical research is conducted responsibly.
The Children’s Health Queensland HREC is registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (# EC 00175) and has been certified to undertake multi-centre ethical reviews in the following research categories:
- Paediatric clinical trials Phase I, II, III and IV
- Paediatric clinical trials drugs and devices
- Paediatric clinical interventional research other than clinical trials
- Other health and medical research – paediatric research with adult components
- Paediatric qualitative research
- Paediatric mental health
- Paediatric justice health
- Paediatric population health and/or public health
As per section 5.1.30 of the NHMRC National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007), the membership of the Children’s Health Queensland HREC includes:
- (a) A chairperson, with suitable experience, whose other responsibilities will not impair the HREC’s capacity to carry out its obligations under this National Statement
- (b) At least two lay people, one man and one woman, who have no affiliation with the institution and do not currently engage in medical, scientific, legal or academic work
- (c) At least one person with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people; for example, a nurse or allied health professional
- (d) At least one person who performs a pastoral care role in a community, for example, an Aboriginal elder, a minister of religion.
- (e) At least one lawyer, where possible one who is not engaged to advise the institution.
- (f) At least two people with current research experience that is relevant to research proposals to be considered at the meetings they attend. These two members may be selected, according to need, from an established pool of inducted members with relevant expertise.
CHQ HREC Terms of Reference
CHQ HREC Decision Making Principles
CHQ HREC Submission Fees
Standard Operating Procedures for Queensland Health HREC Administrators
Access to Confidential Health Information (Public Health Act 2005)
Applying for ethical approval