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Ethics and research

Ethical conduct of research activities that involve animal or human participants is governed by guidelines contained in legislation and policies. The guidelines’ primary purpose is to ensure:

  • the human care of animals used for scientific purposes, including teaching; and
  • the protection of the welfare and rights of human participants.

The secondary purpose is to facilitate research that is, or will be, of benefit to researchers’ communities or to humankind.

Research ethics committees

University Council established the Animal Ethics and Human Research Ethics Committees to administer these guidelines, to apply policy and to provide assistance to staff and students undertaking research in the consideration of ethical issues.

Support, guidance and reporting

The Research Ethics Team has responsibilities relating to the ethical conduct of research at ECU, including:

  • providing information, support and guidance to staff and students;
  • administrative support for the Animal Research and Human Research Ethics Committees;
  • liaising between Committees and applicants;
  • preliminary reviews of applications and provision of feedback to applicants;
  • monitoring approved research projects;
  • developing, implementing, reviewing and updating policies and procedures; and
  • reporting to the University, the National Health and Medical Research Council, and other organisations.

Our Research Intranet is a gateway to comprehensive research ethics information, resources and support for our research staff, students and supervisors.

For more information, visit the Research Intranet.


Kim Gifkins
Senior Research Ethics Advisor, Mount Lawley Campus (Monday and Friday) and Joondalup Campus (Tuesday-Thursday)
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2170
Facsimile: (61 8) 6304 5044

Rowe Oakes
Ethics Support Officer, Joondalup Campus (Monday-Thursday)
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2943
Facsimile: (61 8) 6304 5044

Sue McDonald
Ethics Support Officer, Joondalup Campus
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2784
Facsimile: (61 8) 6304 5044

Claire Blankley
Ethics Support Officer, Joondalup Campus
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2332
Facsimile: (61 8) 6304 5044

Sonja Coetzee
Ethics Support Officer, Joondalup Campus (Wednesday-Thursday)
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5032
Facsimile: (61 8) 6304 5044


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