Research Ethics

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The Office for Research 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.

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Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) Form Update

This month, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) will launch the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA), a new online ethics application for all research involving humans.  The HREA will replace the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF), and is designed to guide applicants through the ethical principles of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).  
Ethics applications to one or more public hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)
Public hospital HRECs participating in the National Mutual Acceptance Scheme (NMA) are currently working to integrate the HREA into their existing IT platforms and processes.  In the interim, please continue to use Online Forms to generate and submit NEAF applications to Australian public hospital HRECs in the following NMA jurisdictions: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.   This will ensure that the reviewing HREC can process the application using their current IT infrastructure.  If you are submitting an ethics application to an HREC that is located in a jurisdiction that is not currently part of NMA (Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia), please contact that HREC to obtain their local submission requirements.
Plans for public hospital transition to the HREA
The public hospital transition to the HREA is anticipated to occur in mid- to late-2017. The transition and related instructions will be communicated broadly well in advance, so that all applications will undergo ethics review without complication.  Please check on this website for any updates on this transition.
If you have any questions, you may contact the public hospital HREC or the State/Territory Department of Health office in the relevant jurisdiction.