Research ethics and governance

Health and research institutions are accountable for the research being conducted within their organisations safely and ethically.

As such, ethics are an essential component of research governance. Human Research Ethics Committees are responsible for assessing the ethical acceptability of research study proposals to conduct human research within the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and relevant national and jurisdictional legislation.

Another essential element of safe and ethical research is a robust research governance process. This is the process an institution follows to authorise research studies to be conducted at a particular site.

Public health facilities use a Site Specific Assessment application. This involves assessing the legal, financial, regulatory and contractual components related to research.

The following pages provide further information and tools to assist you in navigating these processes.

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