Information for sponsors and collaborators

Clinical trial capacity

Northern Health encourages investigator-driven and sponsored clinical trials. Northern Health has the capacity to conduct phase II, III  and IV clinical trials.
Clinical trials are currently being conducted in the following areas:

  • Aged care
  • Anaesthesia
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrics

Ethics approval

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

Northern Health Low Risk Ethics Committee provides ethical review of NH initiated single site low risk research projects.

Click here for further information with regard to Northern Health ethics applications.

Governance approval

All governance application (site specific assessments or SSA’s)  are to be submitted via ERM.  Please also email all copies of required documents for review to  All research conducted at Northern Health requires a local principal investigator. Principal investigators must be a Northern Health employee or honorary.  Research Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is required for principal and associate investigators.

Click here for further information with regard to Northern Health research governance.

Research agreements

Research agreements are required when the Sponsor is external to Northern Health. Research agreements are not required to be submitted as part of an ethics submission, however are required as part of the Northern Health governance submission.

Click here for further detail regarding research contracts and agreements or contact if questions or concerns.

Northern Health Office of Research will facilitate the execution or sign-off of contracts. Contracts and indemnity forms are required in triplicate with two copies to remain at Northern Health.