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Multiple Membership Opportunities: SCHN Research Ethics Committee

Organisation : The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Location : Sydney (Westmead and Randwick (meetings however are held via zoom) )

Time required : 8-11 hours a month

Duration of project : 3 years

Skill area : Board & Committee Members, Community Services, Healthcare & Medical, Legal

Sector : Children, Government, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Research / Medical Research, Youth & Young People

About the role

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee (SCHN HREC) is looking to recruit members in the following categories:

  • A lawyer; and 
  • A person who performs a pastoral care role in a community. For example, a minister of religion or an Aboriginal elder


The HREC membership is established based on Clause 5.1.30 of the National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018).


About membership

This is a volunteer position. Members are initially appointed for a period of three (3) years and are expected to:

  • Attend online monthly meetings on the third Friday of each month (2:00pm to 4:00pm). 
  • Prepare for the monthly meetings by receiving and reviewing electronic copies of agenda documentation which are published two weeks before the meetings. Depending on the size of the agenda, members may need to spend 6-8 hours to prepare for the meeting. 
  • Attend at least two thirds of all scheduled HREC meetings in each year, barring exceptional circumstances.


If you have any questions, please contact Asra Gholami, SCHN Research Ethics Executive Officer at (02) 9845 3066 or


About the organisation

Organisation name : The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

The clinical excellence achieved at SCHN is underpinned by a strong research culture which aims to find cures for the prevention and treatment of ill health in children. Our translational research provides patients and families early access to new and innovative treatments and improves the quality and efficiency of our clinical services. The SCHN HREC is responsible for ensuring the ethical acceptability of research conducted at sites within SCHN and other paediatric specific research referred to it by other public and / or private entities. 

The SCHN HREC is constituted in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018), and subscribes to the ethical standards outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki & the Royal Australian College of Physicians Guidelines.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter indicating the position that you are interested in (i.e. lawyer or pastoral care), explaining why you are interested in joining the SCHN HREC and providing a background of your experiences and qualifications to

Please quote in application: Multiple Membership Opportunities: SCHN Research Ethics Committee via Pro Bono Australia.


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