National HREC Conference 2023

Date: 29 November - 1 December 2023

Venue: Online

4th National HREC Conference

The 4th National HREC Conference continues to draw on ethics expertise from around Australia.

This national conference will again be free and be held virtually across three full days, on 29, 30 November and 1 December 2023.

The conference will be held in the AEST-Brisbane time zone (GMT+10).

PRAXIS Australia Scholarship

Our sponsor PRAXIS Australia have 3 training scholarships available to be used on any of the PRAXIS research essentials. For further details and how to enter visit the PRAXIS website.

PRAXIS Australia offer

Attendees can also save 20% on the full price on any PRAXIS training, including online courses, HREC courses, and live virtual workshops.

To access these offers enter the exclusive conference code HREC23 when enrolling, for any enrolments up to 15 December 2023. Enrol now to access this offer.

Note offer is exclusive to 4th National HREC Conference attendees.

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Program Outline

08:15 - 09:00


Conference welcome to country and opening

09:00 - 10:00


Plenary Session

Too many HRECs - a view from across the 'ditch'
Professor Monique Jonas

10:30 - 12:00


Workshop 1 - AI and social media
Revolutionising Clinical Trial Recruitment: Unleashing Social Media's Power
Duncan Colyer, VCCC Alliance

View of apps as TGA regulatable in Trials (issues to consider)
Nik Zeps, Director of Research at Northern Health, Director of Operations, Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registries

Development of Guidelines for review of AI projects by HRECS
Lukah Dykes, HeartAI

12:15 - 13:45


Session - Effective use of data
Using 'synthetics data' to enable use of health information

Jason Pole, University of Queensland

ONDC Data Act update


Secondary data in research: Confusing ethics reviewers and applicants alike
Paula Swatman, University of Swinburne

14:15 - 15:45


Session - Contemporary ethical considerations
HREC judicial review
Rebekah McWhirter

The role and remit of the National Statement - Guidance vs Rulebook
Rob Loblay


16:00 - 17:30


Abstract session - The value of lived experience abstract 

08:00 - 09:00


Session - consumers


09:15 - 10:15


Praxis Plenary
Incorporating diversity and inclusion into HRECs

Jackie Leach Scully

10:30 - 12:00


Session - Clinical Trials

Psychedelic clinical trials - prescription vs legislation - important things for HRECs to look for
Ian Tindall

RCTs the gold standard - what do we need to know
Kelvin Robertson, Townsville

Adaptive Platform Trials Introducing PLATIPUS
Clare Whitehead

12:00 - 13:00



Panel discussion with HRECs on how they will manage risk changes in the National Statement

13:10 - 14:10


Session - External Influences on HRECs

HeSANDA Sharing and re-use of clinical trial data
Kristan Kang, ARDC

Authorised prescriber
Robyn Langham

Authorised prescriber scheme and psychedelic medicine
Hudson Birden and Kelly Parker


14:20 - 15:20


Session - Consent


Deferred consent in neonatology
Amir Zayegh, Neonatologist, Women's Hospital

15:30 - 17:00


Privacy Training

Andrea Calleia, Sallinger Privacy

08:00 - 09:45



Inclusion, diversity and lived experience
Philomena Horsley, Praxis

Marginalisation in research
Scott Walsberger

10:00 - 11:00


Abstract sessions
11:30 - 12:30



AI and HRECs - Development of guidelines for review of AI projects by HRECs
Lyle Palmer, Adelaide

13:00 - 14:00


HREC Coordinators session and parallel abstract session
14:15 - 15:45


Everyday issues for HRECs

Our Sponsors

PRAXIS Australia Scholarship for HRECs

PRAXIS is thrilled to offer three HREC for Busy People scholarships

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Frequently asked questions

The meeting time are in AEST-Brisbane

Yes! All sessions will be recorded, excluding the Privacy session.  Where we have permission from the presenter we will make the presentation as a resource on our HREC Conference webpage.

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Recordings of previous conferences can be found in our HREC Conference resource page.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email 1 week, 2 days and 10 minutes before the conference starts. A zoom link to each day of the conference will be provided.

The conference can be watched on any device, all you need is the internet.

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