The Australian Defence Medical Ethics Committee (ADMEC) was established by the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary of Defence as a non-statutory body in 1988. The first meeting of ADMEC was held in November 1989. The Committee was renamed Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee (ADHREC) in 2001.
The purpose of Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee (ADHREC) is to provide expert review of research protocols submitted for approval by researchers, to conduct human research on Defence personnel.
ADHREC reviews the ethics of, and where appropriate, approves proposals for human research to be conducted by, or on, Defence personnel and/or utilising Defence resources in accordance with the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, other relevant guidelines and institutional policy.
No element of Defence is to perform or sponsor a human research project involving human volunteers, which requires human ethics consideration, without the clearance of ADHREC.
ADHREC also monitors the progress of research protocols it has approved to review progress to date, or outcome in the case of completed research; maintenance of security records; compliance with the approved protocol; and compliance with any conditions of approval.
ADHREC Meeting Dates
New Protocol Submission
Cut Off Dates
Other Business: Amendments, Modifications Cut-off Dates
|Monday 20 February 2017 **||Friday 3 February 2017||Friday 3 February 2017|
|Monday 20 March 2017||Friday 17 February 2017||Tuesday 21 February 2017|
|Monday 1 May 2017||Friday 7 April 2017||Tuesday 11 April 2017|
|Monday 19 June 2017||Friday 19 May 2017||Tuesday 23 May 2017|
* Cut off times for all submission is 1700hrs (Canberra time)
** Dates have been adjusted due to stand down period.
|Name||Category / Role|
|Mr Ian Tindall||Category (a)|
|Mr Lindsay Roe||Category (b)|
|Mr Bronson Horan||Category (b)|
|Ms Margaret Proctor||Category (b)|
|Ms Vivienne Moyle||Category (b)|
|Dr Jodi Bailey||Category (c)|
|Dr Maxwell Fraser||Category (c)|
|CHAP Robert Sutherland||Category (d)|
|Dr Wendy Bonython||Category (e)|
|Mr Chris Gunson||Category (e)|
|Dr Stephen Coleman||Category (f)|
|Mr Tony Cotton AM||Category (f)|
|Dr Susannah Whitney||Category (f)|
|REV Nicole Coleman||Category (f)|
|Dr Mark Jaffrey||Category (f)|
|Dr Victoria Ross||Defence Health Graduate|
|CAPT Nicole Curtis||Defence Health Graduate|
|Name||Category / Role|
|Ms Terri Davis||A/ Director Defence Health Research|
|Ms Georgina Gill||Research Administrative Officer|
The Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are establishing a joint human research ethics committee, effective 1 July 2017. Both organisations are undertaking a large body of work in order to meet the 1 July deadline and further communication of the implications of the establishment of the joint committee will be provided as they are available.
Expressions of interest (EOI) for membership to the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DDVAHREC) are now closed. Interviews will be held over the coming weeks and details of membership of the new committee will be made publicly available once finalised
The tentative meeting and submission dates for the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee are as follows:
Submission Closing Date
|17 July 2017||19 June 2017|
|21 August 2017||17 July 2017|
|18 September 2017||21 August 2017|
|16 October 2017||18 September 2017|
|20 November 2017||16 October 2017|
The ADHREC provides updates to the Chief of the Defence Force via an Annual Report.