The Office for Research (OFR) provides administrative support to Austin Health's Ethics Committees, who are responsible for approving research projects. In addition, staff provide advice and support to researchers with their ethics applications.
All research conducted at Austin Health must receive both ethical approval by a certified Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), and governance authorisation by the Austin Health OFR before it can commence.
The Office for Research represents Austin Health as active members in a number of collaborative networks, including:
Ethics Risk Level Definitions
To assist with determining the risk associated with your research project, please refer the definitions document found here.
Submission Pathway Checklist
To assist with deciphering which risk category your research project comes under, please utilise the REx Submission Pathway Checklist found here.
Submission Cut Off Dates and Meeting Dates for HREC and CRRC 2020
The new Ethics Review Manager (ERM) has been implemented within Victoria.
Researchers are now required to submit all New Research Applications and Post Approval Applications via the ERM website - excluding Audit and Quality Improvement Applications and Clinical Database and Database Application Submissions.
Please refer to relevant sections on the website for details on additional requirements and documentation to support your applications (including relevant Departmental sign-off's if required).
Please refer to the ERM User Guides developed by the Austin Health Office for Research to assist in the transition to the new ERM system.
For assistance with ERM, please direct any enquiries to Helpdesk@infonetica.net
We thank you for your patience during this transition phase.
An audit is defined as an activity involving a prospective or retrospective review of information that has been or will be collected for clinical purposes (e.g. a review of a medical record). Quality Improvement (QI) is an organised process that evaluates, assesses and seeks to improve health service delivery to improve patient and population outcomes and health service efficiency.