Human Research Ethics Committees

All research involving humans, funded or conducted by the Queensland Eye Institute, must be approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). The Queensland Eye Institute HREC is an approved HREC.

Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) are an important component of all research involving humans in Australia and are the Australian equivalent of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) in the USA.

The Queensland Eye Institute has established an independent, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) registered HREC, which focuses on the needs of researchers and sponsors seeking to undertake ophthalmology clinical trials and translational vision research in Australia.

The functions of this HREC are to:

  • Consider the ethical implications of proposed human research with participants proposed by collaborating organisations and investigators and to advise these organisations and investigators of the ethical acceptability of these proposals;
  • Monitor experiments involving human research to completion to ensure compliance with approved ethical and scientific standards;
  • Maintain a register of research projects, to provide for adequate monitoring for the purpose of ensuring scientific integrity and compliance;
  • Establish and maintain communication with other local and national human research ethics committees.

Any human research that is conducted at the Queensland Eye Institute or for which QEI is responsible, must be designed and conducted in accordance with:


Applications are first submitted to the Scientific Committee (SC) before being submitted to the HREC.  Following HREC review, other legal administrative and financial documents will be assessed by the Research Governance Office (RGO).  Please refer to the links below for the appropriate forms to be completed.

Committee Members

Chairperson (Female)
Deputy Chairperson (Male)
Scientific Researcher (Male)
Scientific Researcher (Female)
Clinician Researcher (Female)
Professional Carer (Female)
Lawyer (Male)
Lay Representative (Male)
Lay Representative (Female)
Pastrol Carer (Female)
Statistician (Male)
Toxicologist (Male)

Meeting Schedule 

The 2016 HREC meeting dates are:

  • 16 June 2016
  • 15 September 2016
  • 15 December 2016

All meetings start at 5.30pm and are held in the Desmond Hancock Boardroom, Level 2, 140 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane.

Please Note: All submissions are required three weeks prior to the above meeting dates.

HREC Resources and Forms

Research Governance Forms