Ethics Committee and role

The AIFS Ethics Committee is a Human Research Ethics Committee registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).


  • To ensure that the ethical standards outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans, and elaborated in the Institute's ethics statement, Ethical Issues in the Research Process (1996), are met in all research projects undertaken by the Institute.
  • To ensure that projects meet the three key principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, as set down in the National Statement.

The committee meets to consider:

  • new project proposals
  • receive brief oral and written reports on ongoing projects
  • consider any complaints or problems that may have arisen regarding ethical issues in Institute research
  • review the complaints procedures

Members of the Ethics Committee are appointed for three-year terms.

Committee members

  • Dr Duncan Ironmonger AM (Chair)
    BCom, MCom (Melb); PhD (Cambridge)
    Department of Economics, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Marlene Burchill
    BSW, Dip.Fam.Therapy, MA (Social Work)
    Social worker and family therapist
    Marlene is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Werong woman from central Victoria
  • Rev. John Lamont
    BA (Latrobe); BTheol (United Faculty of Theology, Ormond College)
  • Dr Richard Ingleby
    MA, DPhil (Oxford); LLM (Cambridge)
    Latham Chambers, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University
  • Dr Kerreen Reiger
    BA Hons (Melb); PhD (La Trobe)
    Department of Sociology, La Trobe University
  • Dr Sarah Wise
    BA Hons (Melb); MA (Melb); PhD (Melb)
    Anglicare Melbourne
  • Mr Ian Claridge
    Lay person
    BA, Grad. Dip. Special Ed., Grad. Dip. Ed. Leadership
  • Ms Victoria Triggs
    BA (Melb.), Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin. (Melb.), Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria), Grad. Dip. Australian Institute of Company Directors
    Lay person

AIFS ex-officio member

Associate Professor Daryl Higgins
BA (Melb) BA (Hons)(Deakin); PhD (Deakin)
Deputy Director (Research)


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