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Austin Health HREC Information

Austin Health HREC Terms of Reference and Standard Operating Procedure

The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Terms of Reference can be found here.

The HREC Standard Operating Procedures can be found here.



Updated 18 August 2017

New Austin Health Human Research Ethics Committee Chair

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Associate Professor Laurence Weinberg, Director, Department of Anaesthesia, Austin Hospital & A/Prof. Departments of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Austin Health, and Anaesthesia Perioperative Pain Medicine Unit, University of Melbourne has recently been appointed and commenced as Chair of the Austin Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Laurence previously held the Deputy Chair position on the HREC and brings with him a strong commitment to our organisation, committee, researchers and patients.

We warmly welcome Laurence to this position.

We would like to Thank Professor David Taylor who held the Chair position since 2011 and performed the role to exceptional standards. David will be missed by the committee member and researchers alike.

HREC Membership


Assoc. Prof  Laurence Weinberg

Deputy Chairperson


Lay People

Mr Terry Eastwood

Mr Robert Preston

Ms Cath Duane

Ms Marina Norio

Ms Sandra Morris

Ms Ellen Kittson


Members with Knowledge of and Current Experience in Care, Counselling or Treatment of People

Professor Richard Kanaan

Ms Michelle Goldsworthy

Ms Melinda Millard

Dr Emma Cohen

Miss Debbie Gregory

Ms Jennifer Coleman


Members with Current Research Experience Relevant to Research Proposals Considered at Meetings

Dr Carole Smith

Prof Albert Frauman

Dr Michael Ching


Dr Saul Mullen

Dr Hui Gan

Dr Barbara Fam

Professor Vincent Thijs

Assoc. Prof  Andrew Weickhardt

Dr Suba Rudolph



Members who perform a Pastoral Care Role in the Community

Ms Rosalind Cairns

Mr Luke Bowen 


Members who are Lawyers

Ms Emma Litleton

Mr Mark Eaton

Mr Andrew Rakowski

Mr Brett Hogan

Mr Michael El Moussalli


Other Members

Dr Michael Ching - Clinical Trial Pharmacist

Mr Xavier Symons - Bioethicists


HREC Managers/Officers

Mrs Lisa Pedro

Miss Alyaa Mohamed


 Office for Research Attendees

Dr Sianna Panagiotopolous

Ms Chelsea Webster



Updated 04 July 2018