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Human Research Ethics and Governance

About Human Research Ethics and Governance

All research projects involving humans undertaken in, or under the auspices of Peninsula Health, require formal approval prior to commencement.

It is recognised that human research encompasses a wide range of activities with an equally wide range of risks and potential benefits. The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research allows for different levels of ethical review of research, reflecting the difference in degree of risk involved.

Peninsula Health has therefore established two levels of review commensurate with the level of risk involved in the project. The levels of review include:

  1. Review of quality assurance projects by the Executive Sponsor Research
  2. Human Research Ethics Committee, includes the review of Low Risk Research

In addition to the levels of review above, Peninsula Health is a participating organisation in state and national systems for streamlining ethical and scientific review of multi-site research projects.  Under these systems, Peninsula Health will accept the approval of an accredited reviewing HREC and will only undertake research governance/site specific assessment authorisation.

  • For more information on the process for multi-site clinical trials click here
  • For more information on the process for multi-site health and medical research (including low and negligible risk review) click here.

Researchers wishing to recruit research participants at Peninsula Health through posters, leaflets, handouts, for research that will be undertaken and has undergone ethical review and approval elsewhere will need to seek approval in accordance with the Research Recruitment Request Process.

Peninsula Health encourages researchers to consider appropriate consumer involvement in research.

For further information or assistance contact the Office for Research or download the NHMRC Statement on consumer and community involvement in health and medical research (2016).

Information on how to apply for ethics and research governance approval can be found using the links below or by contacting the staff of the Office for Research.