Research Updates

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 pandemic, Northern Health Offie of Research has put in place measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients, visitors, and staff members engaged in research is not compromised. As research staff may be directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and recourses may be limited over time, the Office of Research needs to ensure that our efforts are expended on what is deemed essential as opposed to business as usual. The attached guideline is developed to outline the Northern Office of Research’s position and to provide researchers with guidance on the impact COVID-19 may have on research activities.

The Office of Research will prioritise projects relating to COVID-19. All COVID-19 related projects must be submitted to the departmental Research Lead for preliminary review before submitting the ethics and governance application. Please contact the Northern Health Office of Research if you are having difficulty finding a suitable Research Lead to conduct a review on your project. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or require any support on your ethics and governance application.

The Office of Research staff will do all they can to support you during this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you need any advice or require further information.

Research Documents and Resources

Research and Clinical Trials Guideline for COVID-19

Australian Federal Government – COVID-19: Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors

Non-Serious Breach/ Protoocl Deviation Tracking and Reporting Log duing COVID-19 Pandemic


Genreal Research Rescources

NH Glossary List for Researchers

NH Research Investigator CV template

NH Research site file template

How to write a protocol, IB  and PICF

Clinical trial feasibility – MH clinical trial recruitment predictor tool (used with permission)

Protocol template – low risk

Protocol template – high risk

Is my project high, low, negligible risk?

Certified HRECs and RGOs

Research budget template

Research governance new application fees

Research governance amendment fees

Ethics Review Manager

Ethics Review Manager user guide

Northern Health contracts and agreements

General research or clinical trials enquiries

Phone: 8468 0763

Research Governance & ethics enquiries

Phone:8405 2918