Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee

The Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC) is a joint committee of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) and Flinders University. 

The committee is constituted under the requirements of National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) and is a fully accredited lead HREC within SA Health.

Since 2 April 2012, SA Health has mandated a streamlined approach to ethical review within the SA public health system resulting in a single review model. This approach has resulted in a single scientific and ethical review by a chosen lead HREC for multi-site research being undertaken across the SA public health system.

As a chosen lead HREC, the SAC HREC reviews multi-site and single site clinical research being undertaken within SA Health (including the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network) and Flinders University, which involves: patients, staff or visitors; research involving the administration of drugs; and applications from external organisations which have requested the SAC HREC review studies on their behalf.

Committee members and meetings

HREC Membership List (PDF 55KB)
Meeting Dates 2022 (PDF 55KB)
Meeting Dates 2023 (PDF 474KB)

Australia Day Honours for Professor Bill Heddle
Professor William (Bill) Heddle, Chair of the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee, has been named a Member (AM) in the General Division of the 2022 Australia Day Honours List.
Professor Heddle was recognised for his significant service to cardiology, to tertiary education and to professional associations.
Professor Heddle has a long association with Flinders Medical Centre: he did his Advanced Training at Flinders Medical Centre 1976-1980; was Senior Visiting Specialist (Cardiology) FMC 1983-1988; and Senior Staff Specialist 1989-present. He was Head of SALHN's Arrhythmia Service 1989-2012 and 2021-present. He is also Professor in Flinders University's College of Medicine and Public Health.

Procedures and protocols


Authorised prescriber guidelines