The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is one of two HREC’s in the Metro North District.
The RBWH HREC has been certified by the NHMRC as a lead committee under the HoMER initiative. Although HoMER has not yet been launched in Australia, Queensland Health supports single ethical review for multi-centre research being conducted in Queensland.
Researchers requiring information about single ethical review for multi-centre research should refer to the Central Coordinating Service and MOU for Single Ethical Review of Clinical Trials (NSW Health, Qld Health & Vic Dept of Health) for further information and access the MOU Checklist for Coordinating Principal Investigators to submit with HREC applications.
Multi-centre research is research that is conducted at more than one site or conducted by researchers who are affiliated with more than one Institution (University and Hospital) or student research (University and Hospital). Student research includes undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD research for the purpose of a higher degree.
At the conclusion of its deliberations the Committee recommends ethical approval / or not dependent upon scientific validity and ethical viability. Researchers are also required to complete a site specific assessment for research governance purposes to gain District Executive Director authorisation to commence the research.
The Committee is constituted in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated in 2009)
HREC Terms of Reference (TOR) (PDF, 190 KB)
Research Governance Officer:Ms Jennifer Lonton
Phone: (07) 3646 8579
Location: University of Queensland, Centre for Clinical Research, Level 4, RBWH
Checklist for Site Specific Assessment - please refer to page 4 in Site Requirements located at:
Queensland Health - Human Research Ethics Committees - Contacts
Please refer to Queensland Health Information for Researchers
For other site specific RBWH HREC information that does not appear on this site please contact the Research Ethics Coordinator on (07) 364 65490.
If you are conducting single site low risk research, please complete the application form (including the SSA)at the Online Forms website. For enquiries regarding submission please contact Jenny Lonton, Research Governance Officer, RBWH Centre for the Advancement of Clinical Research, Level 4, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, telephone 07 3646 8579.
If you are conducting multi-centre low risk research, this research must first be registered by the Central Coordinating Service (the Online Forms website has been updated to include the Qld Low & Negligible Risk (LNR) Form and LNR SSA Forms). Please then refer to the appropriate HREC checklist for new applications.
Application for Exemption from full HREC review
In accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated in 2009) the definition of research appears on page 7. Please carefully review this when considering whether you are conducting research.
In addition, some research may be exempt from full HREC review. Please refer to page 79 in the National Statement.
Should you wish to submit a project for consideration of exemption, a) because it is not research or b) because it may be exempt research:
1. Letter to the HREC Chairperson, describing what you wish to do, how, why, expected outcome or benefit
2. Include copies of any tools that you may use to complete your project (for example, data collection spreadsheet, standards against which you are measuring your data)
3. Please justify your request in accordance with the National Statement
4. Please send one hard copy to the HREC office at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Level 7, Block 7, Butterfield Street Herston 4029.
Links and Downloadable versions
Should you wish to discuss the study in relation to your rights as a participant, or should you wish to make an independent complaint, you may contact the Coordinator or Chairperson, Human Research Ethics Committee, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Herston, Qld, 4029 or telephone (07) 3646 5490, email: RBWH-Ethics@health.qld.gov.au or the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Patient Liaison Officer on 07 3646 8216.
Telephone: (07) 3646 5490