Research

Ethics and Research Governance

About us

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 (AH) 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 Austin Health OFR are also active members in a number of collaborative networks, including:

  1. The Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) Research Excellence (REx) Steering Committee
  2. Biomedical Research Victoria

Submission Pathway Checklist

 

To assist with deciphering which risk category your research project comes under, please utilise the REx Submission Pathway Checklist found here.

  • All research involving human participants carried out at Austin Health requires the prior approval of the Austin Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

  • The Clinical Research Review Committee (CRRC) provide scientific and ethical review of Low & Negligible Risk Research (LNRR) projects on behalf of the HREC.

  • An audit is defined as an activity involving a research hypothesis which includes the analysis of data from previous collected patient information with an intention to publish or otherwise present the data beyond the staff of the hospital.

  • Clinical Databases are collections of clinical data which have been created for clinical or administrative use. There are many such databases across the hospital; many of which have been created or modified to allow research as a secondary purpose.

  • This type of application relates to National Mutual Acceptance. It is required when the Austin is a participating site of a multicentre study, where ethical approval has been granted by an external lead HREC.

  • The Austin Health Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is constituted by Austin Health with authority to approve and monitor all animal based research at Austin Health sites.

  • The Austin Health IBC is constituted by Austin Health with the authority to assess, review and approve all dealings involving genetically modified organisms at Austin Health.

  • How to submit an Authorised Prescriber Application at Austin Health

  • Mandatory GCP Requirements at Austin Health; Education Resources Available

  • Quick access to our ethics and governance forms, research agreement and research guidelines.