Research Ethics and Governance


Research ethics

Following an extensive review of Epworth's research governance including ethical review frameworks to ensure that we achieve contemporary best practice, the Epworth Board of Management has endorsed a program that closes the operations of the Epworth HREC and moves to an arrangement of accepting ethical reviews from National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) certified HRECs under the National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) scheme. The NMA scheme is a widely adopted initiative which aims to reduce the duplication and streamline the ethical review process.

As a result of these changes all projects active at Epworth under an Epworth HREC approval are requested to transfer ethical approval by the 30 May 2019.

Please refer to our FAQ document​ for further guidance on the next steps involved in transferring ethical approval of studies.

It is anticipated the transfer of ethical approval will not impact on the conduct of the project, however if you have any questions or concerns regarding this process please contact us with your project reference number and contact details. 

Please note all projects will continue to require Research Governance authorisation as per the Epworth Research Policy.

Policy document is available upon request​.

Research governance

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.

All new research projects must be registered with the Research Development and Governance Unit (RDGU) and the RDGU should be contacted as early as possible to discuss the requirements for conducting the specific project at Epworth. The RDGU can assist in all aspects of the research to be conducted at Epworth including research development (protocol design, statistical assistance where required) through to achieving ethical and institutional approvals.

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 for more information.

Research misconduct

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.