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Research and Ethics Governance at Calvary Health Care Adelaide
Calvary Health Care Adelaide (CHCA) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) considers research and ethical issues that may arise at any Calvary Health Care Adelaide hospitals. The HREC demonstrates a strong commitment and attention to detail in its research and ethics governance.
Institutions must ensure that any human research conducted for which they are responsible is:
(a) designed and conducted in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007); and
(b) ethically reviewed and monitored in accordance with The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).
In parallel, Little Company of Mary (LCM) Health Care services must have regard to the Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia (2001), and national policy no 5.2.1 Ethical Research and Reporting Requirements.
Comprehensive annual reporting is provided by each HREC to the National Health and Medical Research Council and to LCM Health Care National Office.
Individual institutions must retain all detailed research activity correspondence and archive for any human research conducted in that institution.
CHCA HREC is fully compliant with all directives and obligations of the National Medical Research Council (NHMRC) / Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) in terms of committee composition, committee conduct, reporting, and monitoring; guided by The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007.
The HREC Chairman provides a comprehensive Annual Report to NHMRC/AHEC and subsequently receives an annual ‘HREC compliance confirmation’ letter, without which an HREC may not consider nor conduct any human research.
The current process for research activity approval and conduct at any Calvary Hospital in Adelaide is as follows:
- If/when a researcher/investigator enquires about conducting research at a Calvary hospital, he/she is forwarded the HREC Ethics Submission Guidelines and Declaration May 2010. This document is attached to download.
- The researcher/investigator forwards the completed submission (14 printed copies of all elements) with a covering letter to the CEO requesting HREC consideration and research proposal approval. In addition, a copy of the proposal IN FULL (i.e. all relevant documents) may also be sent electronically, WITHIN A SINGLE EMAIL to the Chairman. These documents are considered ‘in-confidence’ and are managed and stored securely. A Consent Form and separate Patient Information Sheet (plain language) must be included with both containing detail on any and all participant risks.
- Proposals are posted to the Chairman, CHCA Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), c/o Calvary North Adelaide Hospital HREC, 89 Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide S.A. 5006. The Chairman will arrange distribution to all HREC members in a timely manner. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- HREC members must have minimum of two weeks to consider proposals before they are considered formally at the next HREC meeting. HREC meetings are conducted approximately 6 weekly. The Meeting Date schedule is available from HREC Chair, or the CEO Executive Assistants, or on this website.
- Fees may be applicable upon application and are stated within the Schedule on page 11 of the Application Template. The HREC approval may be ‘subject to minor amendments as outlined to the principal investigator by the HREC Chair’, or approval may be granted for the original submitted version.
- Researchers are requested to ensure they include relevant version numbers in order to track any requested amendments and for archival purposes.
- The HREC Chairman notifies the principal researcher/investigator as soon as practicable by letter as to the approval status of the research.
- The HREC Chair/Secretary maintains complete records and has monitoring obligations for the study duration as stated in the governing document, The National Health and Medical Council (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct of Human Research 2007.
- It is the responsibility of the HREC Chair to guide members through the research consideration process and to be informed and updated on all relevant legislative and jurisdictional documents and obligations.
Contact CHCA HREC Chairman – Dr Amanda Rischbieth on 0417 200 883 or Email: email@example.com
- chca_hrec_submission_and_declaration_may_ 2010.pdf