Ethical reviews of projects are conducted by the Epworth HealthCare Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and the HREC low risk (LR) sub-committee to ensure that research conducted at Epworth complies with the guidelines set out in the National Statement for Ethical Conduct of Human Research and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
The HREC and LR sub-committee have been delegated authority by the Board of Directors at Epworth and have executive authority conferred upon them to fulfil the role and carry out the functions detailed in the HREC and sub-committee Terms of Reference.
The HREC and its LR sub-committee have been formed under the auspices of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) who provide leadership and advice regarding research governance in Australia.
Epworth does not currently participate in the National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) system, therefore all research projects to be conducted at Epworth must be reviewed by the Epworth HealthCare HREC or the LR Sub-Committee.
Advanced notice, June 2017 HREC meeting
Please be aware that there will be limit to the number of new submissions accepted for the June HREC meeting due to regulatory commitments being undertaken by Epworth HREC.
If you plan to submit a new study for ethical review in June please contact us as early as possible to discuss.
Low risk ethics applications will not be affected.
Research related complaints
If you have a complaint in regards to a research project being conducted at Epworth HealthCare please refer to the Epworth research-related complaints protocol. You can also contact the research ethics officer by phone 03 9426 8806 or email HREC@epworth.org.au for more information.
Research conducted at Epworth HealthCare must be governed through every stage of the project to ensure the principles, requirements and standards of research are upheld.
Research governance addresses the
protection of research participants, the safety and quality of research,
privacy and confidentiality, financial probity, legal and regulatory
matters, risk management and monitoring arrangements whilst promoting
good research culture and practice.
If you are a researcher and wish to lodge a complaint regarding the conduct of research at Epworth HealthCare please contact the research governance officer on 03 9936 8205 or email EC-ResearchGovernance@epworth.org.au for more information.
Research ethics officer
Phone 03 9426 8806
Research administration officer
Phone 03 9426 8630
HREC email enquiries and submissions
Research governance officer
Phone 03 9936 8205
Governance email enquires and submissions
Ground Floor, Pelaco Building
21-31 Goodwood Street
Richmond Vic 3121
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Richmond VIC 3121