The Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Healthcare  Human Research Ethics Committee is a duly constituted and registered Ethics Committee under the guidelines of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), responsible for approving, overseeing and monitoring the conduct and performance of research in both institutions and partners throughout the Grampians Region.

The Ethics Committee must approve all research projects to be conducted by staff members and visiting clinicians and all projects involving participants who are patients/clients or staff members of Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Ballarat Hospital and partner organisations.

Research involving humans must not be undertaken until a formal signed approval has been confirmed by BHSSJOG HREC.

The HREC reviews studies such as:

  • Non-interventional
  • Qualitative
  • Laboratory or basic science
  • Observational studies
  • Clinical research involving drugs and devices. This includes both experimental agents, and those approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
  • Non-standard clinical interventions. This includes both experimental agents, and those approved for use by the TGA.

Committee Information

HREC Meeting Dates

  • 2021 HREC Submission Dates/Closing Dates
  • Applications and correspondence items will not be reviewed by the committee unless all documents are signed and submitted within Ethics Review Manager (ERM)

The dates for 2021 are:

Meeting No:

Agenda Closure

2021 BHSSJOG HREC Review Dates


18 January 2021  (3:00pm)

11 February 2021


01 March 2021  (3:00pm) 

25 March 2021


12 April 2021  (3:00pm)

06 May 2021


24 May 2021 (3:00pm)

17 June 2021


5 July 2021 (3:00pm)

29 July 2021


16 August 2021  (3:00pm)

09 September 2021


27 September 2021  (3:00pm)

21 October 2021


08 November 2021  (3:00pm)

02 December 2021

Responsibilities of the Chief Principal Investigator (CPI), Principal Investigator and Sponsor 

Roles in Single Site Research Projects
Roles in Multi Site Research Projects 


There is a vacancy in the below category of membership of BHSSJOG HREC:

Expressions of interest close on 31 October 2021.

Expressions of Interest are invited and should be addressed to Kirsty Broadbent, Research Governance Officer: 

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