The Western Australian Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee (WAAHEC) is one of three Aboriginal specific Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC) and is recognised and registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The WAAHEC was established to promote and support quality research that will be reflective of the needs of the community, and was created in response to concerns around the increased research being conducted in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The WAAHEC’s objectives are to effectively monitor ethically sound and culturally appropriate research, determine priorities for the research and ensure the benefits of the research to Aboriginal people.
Members of the WAAHEC meet (either face to face or tele/video conference) a minimum of nine (9) times per year. WAAHEC meetings are usually held at the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), 450 Beaufort Street, Highgate.