A key priority for the Human Research Ethics and Governance Advisory Group is research ethics and governance training. In response to this priority in the absence of ethics associated conferences due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Health Translation Queensland worked with Dr Gordon McGurk, in 2020, to host the first annual (virtual) conference for ethics committee members and administrative staff.


Feedback from the conference confirmed that there is most definitely a want for training and education in research ethics, and an online conference has far greater reach across metro, rural and remote communities than a face-to-face conference could have. Though a face-to-face conference would indeed bring more opportunity to network, the online nature of the HREC conferences to date, with talks being categorised into sessions, allows individuals to ‘dip in and out’ and carry on with day-to-day tasks.

Delegate comments

Great initiative - program covered a spectrum of issues, every session I attended was informative and insightful!

It was an amazing program of interesting presentations and enthusiastic speakers. Very enjoyable!

I live in a remote area and it would not be possible for me to attend a conference in person.

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