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Conducting research within the SCHHS

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provides guidelines for the conduct, approval and management of research within Australia. All research undertaken in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) should follow the principles and responsibilities set out in these guidelines:

Within Queensland Health, research is reviewed and approved according to two distinct processes:

  • Ethical review process and
  • Research governance.

All research conducted within the SCHHS must also comply with any State or Commonwealth legislation such as (but not limited to):

  • The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (Qld)
  • The Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld)
  • The Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)
  • The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth)
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Ethical Review and Approval

Ethical review is a process by which an independent committee assesses the ethics, quality, methods and researcher capabilities of a project against the guidelines provided by the NHMRC. All research must have:
  • scientific merit
  • be able to demonstrate that any benefits outweigh any associated risks
  • be conducted by personnel qualified to undertake the research
  • show respect for the participants (with particular guidelines for vulnerable groups)
  • consider ethical issues associated with the methodology being employed.

Ethical review is undertaken by an NHMRC registered Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

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Research Governance Authorisation

Research Governance is a process by which projects are assessed to ensure that the SCHHS has the personnel, resources (including financial resources) and facilities to support them. It also ensures that there are clear accountabilities for all parties involved through the review of budgets, agreements and indemnity documents. Research Governance review is undertaken by the SCHHS Research Governance Officer and authorisation is granted by the SCHHS Chief Executive or delegate.
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Additional Approvals Required by Legislation

The following additional approvals may be required:

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Monitoring and reporting

The SCHHS Research Governance Office is authorised to conduct monitoring activities on approved and authorised research. The monitoring process includes the review of Progress Reports and a Final Report.

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Compliments and complaints

The SCHHS welcomes compliments from patients, families, clinicians, researchers and other institutions on the conduct and outcomes from the research undertaken in, or in collaboration with the SCHHS. Where patients or family members wish to make a complaint about a researcher or about a research project, all complaints will be taken seriously by the SCHHS.

Last updated: 21 September 2017


Research Governance Unit:

Administration: (07) 5202 3005



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