Any research being conducted at or on behalf of Epworth must comply with the Epworth Research Policy and adhere to the requirements outlined in the Epworth Research Handbook and related SOPs.

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.

Ethical consideration is an integral part of research governance, any research being undertaken at Epworth requiring ethical review from an HREC will need to be approved by a 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.

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.

Researcher Credentialing

Any researcher engaged in health and medical research involving Epworth patients, staff and/or resources must be authorised to conduct research at Epworth.

The Researcher Credentialing Process ensures that all investigators conducting research at or for Epworth are qualified and authorised to do so. Research projects will not be granted governance authorisation until all listed researchers are authorised through this process.

Further information regarding the credentialing process and requirements can be found on our Resources for Researchers webpage. 

Please submit a researcher credentialing application to the RDGU through the Researcher Credentialing Form.

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 SOP.  You can also contact the research development and governance officer by phone on 03 9936 8058 or email [email protected] for more information.

Research misconduct

If you your complaint relates to an allegation of research misconduct at Epworth (defined as serious breach of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 which is also intentional, reckless or negligent) please refer to the Epworth Research Misconduct SOP. All allegations of research misconduct will be managed in a timely and confidential manner.

If you wish to discuss or lodge an allegation of research misconduct please contact the Group Director of Research and Development by phone 0400 223 097 or email [email protected].

Research Governance Fees

The following Research Governance Office (RGO) fees apply to commercially sponsored clinical research conducted at Epworth HealthCare, effective from January 1st 2020.

Commercially sponsored studies

  • Initial application: $5,500 Unit Cost (AUD) (exc GST)
  • Amendment Review Fee: $600 Unit Cost (AUD) (exc GST)