Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Human Research Ethics Committee

Research at the WCHN

Human Research Ethics

The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) Human Research Ethics Committee's (HREC) responsibilities are outlined in its Terms of Reference. The HREC has responsibility to review, and where appropriate, approve research or audit projects involving patients, patients’ families, patient tissue, patient information, and/or WCHN staff.

Protocols involving a drug or therapeutic substance are also reviewed by the Drug and Therapeutics (DTC) Clinical Trials Group (CTG). The DTCCTG is an advisory and recommending body to the WCHN HREC. Its responsibilities are outlined in its Terms of Reference.

Before commencing a research project or audit, approval must be obtained from the WCHN HREC. In addition, WCH page link iconresearch governance approval is required for all research projects before they may commence.

The WCHN HREC is a NHMRC certified Committee that operates in accordance with the principles set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. The National Statement is produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); for more information on the NHMRC visit their website at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au.

For more information regarding submissions to the WCHN HREC see the relevant link below:

  1. HREC and DTC CTG 2018 Timelines and Meeting Dates
  2. WCH page link iconHREC Submission of Documentation
  3. WCH page link iconHuman Research Ethics Application (HREA) submissions
  4. WCH page link iconLow and Negligible Risk (LNR) submissions
  5. WCH page link iconMulti-centre research: HREA and LNR submissions – single ethical review
  6. Word iconProtocol Amendments
  7. WCH page link iconAudit submissions
  8. WCH page link iconComplaints/concerns
  9. WCH page link iconAlternate Contact Form / Information sheet
  10. WCH page link iconContact WCHN HREC
  11. WCH page link iconHREC and related forms/documents/policies

The Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

As part of the initiative to streamline ethics approval, NHMRC developed the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) as a replacement for the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF).

The Human Research Ethics Application was launched on Online Forms on 31 August 2017. After that date, you can create a HREA and can no longer create a new NEAF.

All existing NEAFs remain saved in Online Forms.

The HREA is to be used for Full applications and Low and Negligible Risk (LNR) applications to the WCHN HREC.

Site Specific Assessment (SSA) forms for research governance are not affected by this change.

SA Health has prepared a fact sheet that provides further information on the implementation of the HREA across SA Health. Please read this important document before using the HREA for the first time.

Any queries can be discussed with the Executive Officer and/or Chair of the WCHN HREC.



last modified: 17 Jul 2018