SA Health Human Research Ethics Committees list
There are currently five Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) within the South Australian public health system. For human research committees in South Australia that fall outside the public health system, refer to the National Health and Medical Research Council website.
Information on the application process, including contact details, is available on the individual HRECs websites listed below.
SA Department for Health and Ageing Human Research Ethics Committee
The SA Department for Health and Ageing Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) receives and examines research and evaluation proposals initiated or conducted by SA Health staff and/or external researchers seeking access to SA Health data and/or clients.
Royal Adelaide Hospital Ethics Committee
The Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Ethics Committee is a standing committee of the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Central Adelaide Local Health Network. This Committee considers research proposals involving staff, patients or facilities of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Human Research Ethics Committee (TQEH/LMH/MH)
The Human Research Ethics Committee (TQEH/LMH/MH) considers human research proposals involving staff, patients or facilities at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital or Modbury Hospital.
The Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee
The Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC) is a joint committee of Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and Flinders University. The SAC HREC reviews:
- clinical health and medical research undertaken at southern area health services involving patients, staff or visitors at the Flinders Medical Centre, Repatriation General Hospital, Noarlunga Health Service and Southern Mental Health
- clinical trials involving the administration of medicines and devices within sites under its jurisdiction
- research conducted by staff of southern area health services, including those listed above
- clinical health and medical research conducted by Flinders University staff or students, regardless of where the research is being conducted
- applications from other organisations that do not have a HREC, and who have requested ethical review of their studies.
Women’s and Children’s Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee considers proposed research or audit projects involving patients, patients’ families, patient tissue (including stored tissue), patient information and/or staff.
Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics Committee
Any research that involves a significant proportion of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples should also be submitted to the Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) in addition to the review by the South Australian public health system HREC, where applicable. The AHREC promotes and supports quality research for the benefit of Aboriginal people.
Country health research projects
Anyone wishing to engage in research projects within the Country Health South Australia Local Health Network should submit an application through one of the metropolitan HRECs listed above.