The UOW and ISLHD jointly run two HRECs, both of which are accredited by the NHMRC. Applications will be reviewed by the most appropriate Committee based on the area of research.
The Health and Medical HREC is a Lead Committee in the NSW Health system, able to review multisite research within NSW Health. It has also been certified to review research involving sites from jurisdictions participating in the National Mutual Acceptance scheme.
Please note research involving NSW Health and Indigenous populations, the correctional environment in NSW, or NSW Health state wide data collections must be reviewed by a specialist HREC.
See NSW Health ethics processes.
The Health & Medical HREC
This Committee primarily reviews:
- Clinical research (including clinical psychology research undertaken through Northfields clinic and clinical trials of drugs, surgical trials or trials of therapeutic goods)
- Research that has as its primary focus understanding of human physiological processes, the efficacy of medicines and human health
- Research involving the administration of any substance or agent to participants (e.g. research involving administration of approved drugs, research involving alcohol or special diets or food supplements)
- Research involving the collection of body tissues or fluid samples (e. g. blood or urine samples)
- Physical procedures which involve risk of pain or discomfort for participants (including human movement research, research involving strenuous or repetitive exercise)
The Social Sciences HREC
This Committee primarily looks at research involving methods, practices and conceptual analysis familiar to the disciplines of the Humanities (including creative arts, history and English), Social Sciences (including commerce, economics, human geography, sociology, education and politics), or Behavioural Sciences (including marketing and psychology). Such research methods and practices include:
- Research to be analysed through the methods of the social sciences, humanities and behavioural sciences
- Research involving focus groups or interviews
- Research involving access to private papers concerning public figures, political movements, historical events, artistic practice, educational policy, etc
- Interviews and surveys of community members about social practices and attitudes, public policies, marketing strategies, etc.
- Educational research.