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.

View the AIFS Ethics Committee Terms of Reference.

Committee members

  • Dr Sarah Wise¬†(Chair)
    BA Hons (Melb); MA (Melb); PhD (Melb)
    Good Childhood Fellow, Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne/Berry Street
  • Dr Richard Ingleby
    MA, DPhil (Oxford); LLM (Cambridge)
    Visiting Professor, North China University of Technology
  • Ms Lorraine Parsons
    BA (Latrobe); BSW (Latrobe); Grad.Cert. Management (Curtin)
  • Rev. John Lamont
    BA (Latrobe); BTheol (United Faculty of Theology, Ormond College)
  • Ms Victoria Triggs
    BA (Melb.), Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin. (Melb.), Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria), Grad. Dip. Australian Institute of Company Directors
    Lay person
  • Karena Jessup
    BA (UTas), BTeach(Hons) (UTas), PhD (UTas), Senior Manager, Survey Research, The Australian Institute of Family Studies (Appointed September 2018)
  • Ms Carol Soloff
    B.Sc. (Hons) ANU
    Lay person

AIFS ex-officio member

Ms Kelly Hand
Deputy Director (Research)


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