Join our committee

Are you interested in joining one of the University of Wollongong’s Human Research Ethics Committees? 

Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC) are required to have a balanced membership of individuals from within and external to the University, as set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (Section 5.1.30).  We welcome expressions of interest from the community, in the following categories:

  1. Community Members: people who bring a broader community or consumer perspective and who have no paid affiliation with the University.
  2. Pastoral Members: any person who performs a pastoral care role in a community. For example, an Aboriginal Elder, a minister of religion, a community group leader.
  3. Lawyers: current or previously practising lawyers.
  4. Professional Carers: people with current experience in the professional care, counselling or treatment of people; for example, a nurse or allied health professional.

What would I do?

Committee members receive training in ethical review and have the opportunity to debate challenging issues to help protect the rights and well-being of research participants and promote ethical research.  

Committees meet on average for half a day each month and positions are voluntary but travel expenses may be paid where appropriate.  

Please read the HREC information document (PDF: 467 KB) for further details on the role of HRECs and what membership would involve.

What skills do I need?

We ask that applicants can:

  • communicate well, both in person and online.
  • comfortably read and review documents using a computer
  • dedicate sufficient time to attend monthly meetings and read the research proposals and other relevant documents.  

I’m keen, what now?

Please email a short CV with your expression of interest to our Ethics Officers by clicking the button below.

Email a UOW Human Ethics Officer