Ethics Advisors and Drop-In Sessions

There are a number of options available for researchers seeking ethics support.  In particular, researchers submitting to the HREC for the first time are encouraged to reach out for guidance and support.  If you would like help writing an application, are seeking general ethics advice or have any queries about the human ethics process, you can:

  • Attend a human ethics drop-in session
  • Contact an Ethics Officer on
  • Approach an Ethics Advisor in your Faculty

UOW Ethics drop-in consultation sessions

As of September 2023, the Human Ethics team will offer drop-in consultation sessions on UOW main campus. To begin, these sessions will run from 10-11am on the third Wednesday of every month in Building 20, Room 106 (20.106, RSO Presentation Room). Additional sessions may be offered, pending the level of attendance.

An Ethics Officer will be available during these sessions and researchers are encouraged to attend before submitting to the HREC – whether you have specific questions about your application, about using the IRMA system, or are seeking more general information about the human ethics review process.  The Ethics Officer can also highlight where information is missing and discuss aspects of your proposal that may raise ethical concerns.

While researchers are able to attend without prior registration, to help us run these sessions as smoothly as possible we ask that you please register your attendance in advance by contacting the Human Ethics team at

Drop-in consultation dates




Wednesday, 20 September, 2023

10-11 am

Building 20, Room 106 (20.106, RSO Presentation Room)

Wednesday, 18 October, 2023

10-11 am

Building 20, Room 106 (20.106, RSO Presentation Room)

Wednesday, 15 November, 2023

10-11 am

Building 20, Room 106 (20.106, RSO Presentation Room)

Wednesday, 20 December, 2023

10-11 am

Building 20, Room 106 (20.106, RSO Presentation Room)

If you are unable to attend an Ethics drop-in session, you can make an appointment with an Ethics Officer – via Zoom or on campus – at any time. To make an appointment, email the Ethics team at and an Ethics Officer will contact you.

UOW Ethics Advisors

Researchers are also able to discuss applications with a faculty Ethics Advisor before submitting to the Ethics Committee. As in the Ethics Office drop-in sessions, the advisor can show you where information is missing, identify aspects of your proposal that may raise ethical concerns, and help you put together an application that can be reviewed quickly. If there is no Advisor for your faculty, approach an advisor who you think may be familiar with your area. For student researchers, please ensure you have worked through your application with your supervisor before contacting an Ethics Advisor for support.

Ethics Advisors by faculty


Staff member

Phone number



Dr Paul Chad

(02) 4221 4413 


Associate Professor Khin Win

(02) 4221 4142 


Associate Professor Dylan Cliff

(02) 4221 5929 


Associate Professor Natascha Klocker

(02) 4298 1331 





ASSH & Indigenous Research

Dr Anthony McKnight

(02) 4221 4092