All staff, students and affiliates of Torrens University Australia must obtain appropriate ethical clearance before commencing any activity involving human research.
Guidelines Regarding Human Research
What is Human Research?
- Taking part in surveys, interviews or focus groups
- Undergoing psychological, physiological or medical testing or treatment
- Being observed by researchers
- Researchers having access to their personal documents, information or other materials, including when taken from an existing database.
- The collection and use of bodily tissues or fluids (e.g. skin, blood, urine, saliva, hair, exhaled breath, bones and biopsy specimens).
Ethical Approval for Human Research
- Negligible/low risk (the foreseeable risk to human participants in the research is of inconvenience or discomfort only).
- High risk (there is a foreseeable risk of harm to human participants in the research OR the research involves particular participant groups or methodologies).
Forms are available on the Policies and Forms page under “Higher Degree Research Ethics and Progression Forms”.
2018 HREC meeting dates and current HREC members
|19 January||31 January|
|23 February||7 March|
|20 April||2 May|
|8 June||20 June|
|13 July||25 July|
|24 August||5 September|
|2 November||14 November|
|Justin Beilby (ex-officio)|
|Mavourneen Casey (ex-officio)|
|Louise Townsin (Secretariat/ ex-officio)|
|Rick Russell (Chair)|