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Health Research Coordination

Health Research Coordination

Health Research Coordination (HRC) provides Secretariat support to the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DDVA HREC) and the Joint Health Command Low-Risk Ethics Panel (JHC-LREP).

HRC are responsible for the ethical monitoring of approved health and medical research and managing the review of proposed publications and presentations.


Joint Health Command Low-Risk Ethics Panel 

The JHC-LREP was established in 2014 and is responsible for the ethical review of low and negligible risk health and medical research. The scope and responsibilities of the JHC-LREP are outlined in the JHC-LREP Terms of Reference.

Submissions to JHC-LREP are to be written in lay language and are to include the Health Research Ethical Review Assessment, the Low Risk Research Protocol Application for Ethical Review, the relevant supporting documentation and brief curriculum vitae for all research personnel. Where the research involves access to data collected as part of a previous study, the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form for the previous study/ies must also be provided. Applications are to be emailed to health.research@defence.gov.au

The JHC-LREP does not have a formal meeting schedule. Applications will be considered out-of-session and a response can be anticipated 12 business days.




Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee

Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs have established a joint human research ethics committee (HREC). Further information on the DDVA HREC is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/health/hrec/


Contact Us

JHC-LREP: health.research@defence.gov.au
DDVA HREC: ddva.hrec@defence.gov.au   (http://www.defence.gov.au/health/hrec/)


Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee

The Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee (ADHREC) (previously known as the Australian Defence Medical Ethics Committee) was established in 1988 and first met in November 1989. ADHREC was closed on the 30 June 2017 and was replaced by the DDVA HREC.

ADHREC provided updates on the committee’s activities during its tenure to the Chief of the Defence Force via an Annual Report.