Research ethics and governance support
All health and medical research undertaken throughout Victoria’s western region is governed by State and national guidelines and regulations. The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research stipulate the obligations on all researchers to be aware of the ethical framework governing research and to be compliant with regulatory requirements.
All research involving human participants must obtain ethics approval from a registered Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
HRECs protect the welfare and rights of research participants by reviewing proposals for research involving humans, monitoring the conduct of research and dealing with complaints that arise from research.
Three health service HRECs registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) are located within the western region. You are encouraged to seek advice prior to submitting an application.
The officers listed below are available for advice and assistance with research design, research ethics applications and research governance compliance.
Ballarat and Ararat
Ballarat Health Services & St John of God Hospital Ballarat HREC
Mr John Hand
Geelong and Colac
Barwon Health HREC
|Dr Giuliana Fuscaldo
Manager, Research Ethics, Governance and Integrity (REGI) Unit, Barwon Health
(03) 4215 3372
Warrnambool and Hamilton
South West Healthcare Multidisciplinary Ethics Committee
|Mrs Barbara Moll
Manager, Education, Research and Workforce Development, South West Healthcare
(03) 5563 4080