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New Research Applications

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

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) allows for different levels of ethical review of research, reflecting the difference in degree of risk involved.

Peninsula Health has established 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

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.

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.

External researchers must ensure that they have a Peninsula Health investigator or contact person listed in their application.

Please note that ethics/research governance review fees are applicable for some applications.

Application type


Level of Review

Quality Assurance (QA) Projects

Peninsula Health Staff Only

The primary purpose of the project is to monitor or improve the quality of service delivery. The project involves minimal risk, burden or inconvenience to participants.

Executive Sponsor Research

Low and Negligible Risk Research (single-site)

The only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort (research in which risk for participants is greater than discomfort is not low risk)

Human Research Ethics Committee  (HREC)

More than Low Risk Research (single-site)

The foreseeable risk is greater than that of discomfort

Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

Multi-site Research

Research projects which have been ethically and scientifically approved by an accredited reviewing HREC

  • For clinical trials click here
  • For multi-site health and medical research (including low and negligible risk review) click here.

Research Governance / Site Specific Assessment