Latest Research Ethics & Governance News

Northern Health Office of Research is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the Northern Health Low Risk Ethics Committee (NH LREC) chaired by Professor William van Gaal.

The NH LREC will provide ethical review of NH initiated single site low and negligible risk research projects. The LREC will be accepting low risk ethics applications from 15 May 2019. The first committee meeting will be held on 04 July 2019.

Submission Cut Off dates and Meeting Dates for NH LREC. 

2019 Dates

2020 Dates

Research Applications

Research applications require two types of approval: ethics and governance.  Ethics approval is permission to conduct the research on research subjects i.e. patients, animals, staff etc. Governance approval is permission to conduct the research at the site it has been approved by i.e. Northern Health.   Northern Health does not have a full Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and recommends that researchers apply to Austin Health for ethical approval where the high risk research is to be conducted at Northern Health only. For multi-site projects use the National Mutual Acceptance scheme. Click here for all approved HREC’s that are accepted by Northern Health Office of  Research. The Northern Health office of Research will conduct the governance review. Research conducted at Northern Health must have ethics and research governance approval.

Northern Health Office of Research accept the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services template forms.  Please refer to the Clinical Trials and Research website for all current version of forms.

All high and low risk ethics and governance applications are to be submitted via ERM.  Ethics applications are to be submitted to the reviewing HREC and governance applications or site specific assessments (SSA’s) are to be submitted to the Northern Health Office of Research.

NOTE: It is our expectation that for both high & low risk projects & quality improvement activities, the Principal Investigator must be a Northern Health  employee or honorary.