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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.


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

Lay People

Mr Terry Eastwood
Mr Robert Preston
Ms Cath Duane
Ms Ellen Kittson
Ms Jill Davison

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
Professor Vincent Thijs
Assoc. Prof Andrew Weickhardt
Dr Suba Rudolph
Dr. Philip Peyton

Members who perform a Pastoral Care Role in the Community

Ms Rosalind Cairns
Mr Luke Bowen

Members who are Lawyers

Ms Emma Litleton
Mr Andrew Rakowski
Mr Brett Hogan
Mr Michael El Moussalli

Other Members

Dr Michael Ching - Clinical Trial Pharmacist

HREC Managers/Officers

Ms. Priyanka Sathe
Ms. Alyaa Mohamed

Office for Research Attendees

Dr Sianna Panagiotopoulos
Mrs. Lisa Pedro

Updated March 2020