The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is a multi-disciplinary committee established in accordance to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) requirements, specifically the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). The Committee’s objective is to consider research project applications and to ensure that research conducted within the hospital complies to the NHMRC principles and any issues arising from these projects are administered by a properly constituted committee.

The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) consists of, as far as possible, equal numbers of men and women, at least one third of whom are not employees of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. The Committee shall include the core members;

  • The Chair
  • At least two members who are lay people, one man and one woman with no affiliation with the hospital and not involved in medical or legal work
  • At least one member with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people, for example a nurse or allied health professional
  • At least one member who performs a pastoral care role in a community, for example a Minister of Religion or an Aboriginal Elder
  • At least one member who us a lawyer, where possible one who is not engaged to advise the institution
  • At least two people with current research experience that is relevant to the type of research to be considered at the meetings they attend

View the HREC Terms of Reference

View the Current HREC Membership

Positions on the HREC

There are currently no vacancies on the Eye and Ear HREC.

If you wish to express interest in joining the Committee in future, please complete the relevant nomination form below and return it to

If you would like further information on HREC membership, please email