Ethics and Governance

Ethics

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

The National Statement (2007) consists of a series of Guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. It is intended for use by:
•    any researcher conducting research with human participants;
•    any member of an ethical review body reviewing that research;
•    those involved in research governance; and
•    potential research participants.
The National Statement is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia. It replaces the 1999 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans. Compliance with the National Statement is a prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council funding. (Synopsis from www.nhrmc.gov.au)

Values and Ethics: Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research

The document contains guidelines for ethical health research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In accordance with guidance from Aboriginal people it is written around a framework of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values and principles. These guidelines are the authorative statement on health research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  (Synopsis from www.nhrmc.gov.au )

Research Governance

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The Code shows how to manage breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct, how to manage research data and materials, how to publish and disseminate research findings, including proper attribution of authorship, how to conduct effective peer review and how to manage conflicts of interest. It also explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers if they witness research misconduct.

Compliance with the Code is a prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council funding. (Synopsis from www.nhrmc.gov.au)

Research Governance Handbook: Guidance for the national approach to single ethical review

The purpose of the Research Governance Handbook: Guidance for the national approach to single ethical review is to articulate best practice in the governance of multi-centre human research as part of the national approach to single ethical review. The document guides the reader through the components of a research governance framework for multi-centre human research and describes the responsibilities of key stakeholders within the framework. (Synopsis from www.nhrmc.gov.au)