Latest Research Ethics & Governance News

During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Northern Health continues to respond to ensure the safety of our patients, our staff and the community we support.

The following guideline is developed to outline the Northern Health Office of Research’s position and to provide you with guidance on the impact COVID-19 may have on research and clinical trial activity at Northern Health.

Research and Clinical Trials Guideline for COVID-19

Northern Health COVID-19 Research Updates can be found here.


Northern Health Office of Research
Level 3 NCHER building
185 Cooper St
Ph: 03 840 52918

All human research projects in Australia must adhere to the guiding principles outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, relevant National and State legislation and other regulatory organisations. Research projects must be reviewed and approved by:

A researcher must have both an ethical approval and research governance approval prior to commencing a research project at Northern Health.

Northern Health does not have a full Human Research Ethics Committee. Ethical approval for high risk project is accepted via the National Mutual Acceptance scheme. Click here for approved HREC’s.

NH initiated single site low risk research project that can submit to NH Low Risk Ethics Committee for ethical approval.

Northern Health Research Governance Approval must be obtained prior to commencement of all research projects.

Medical Lead – Research
Prof Peter Brooks
Associate Director of Research     
Dr Michael Kirk
Acting Manager – Clinical Research
Simone Said
Phone: 846 80746
Work Days: Mon – Fri
Mark Tacey
Phone: 846 80742
Work Days: Wed, Thu, Fri
Acting Manager – Ethics & Governance/ RGO
Jingfei Wu
Phone: 840 52918
Work Days: Mon – Fri
Senior Advisor – Research
Brittany Szabo
Phone: 840 52008
Work Days: Mon, Tue, Thu
Ethics and Governance Submission Officer
Hala Mehdi
Phone: 846 80743
Work Days: Wed & Fri
 Low Risk Ethics Officer
Amina Khayre
Phone: 846 80743
Work Days: Mon & Thu