Health and Medical Research

Participating in research plays a vital role in advancing healthcare.

When you join a research study, you’re helping find new ways to prevent illnesses, create better treatments, and even find cures for serious health problems in our community.

At Northern Health, we care about keeping you safe above all else. Here’s what you need to know:

  • We’ll only ask you to join a research study if it’s right for you.
  • Joining a research study is your choice, and you can say no if you want. Your regular treatment won’t change either way.
  • You’ll get all the details about the study before you decide to join.
  • You can change your mind and leave the study at any time without it affecting your regular care.
  • Your privacy, rights, and well-being are always respected and protected.

If you would like to be involved in research at Northern Health, speak to your clinician in the first instance to determine if there are any projects suitable for you.

Research Complaints or feedback

Concerns or complaints about the conduct of human research projects at Northern Health are rare.

However, when they arise, they are often concerns that can be quickly and effectively resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

If you have any clinical questions or concerns, please contact your Principal Investigator/Study Coordinator as listed on the Participant Information and Consent Form (PICF).

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your involvement in the research project please contact the Research Development and Governance Unit (RDGU): or (03) 8405 2918.

Consumers and Research

To find out more information about consumer involvement in research, please follow this link