Joondalup Health Campus
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Research

Human Research Ethics Committee

The role of the Joondalup Health Campus Human Research Ethics Committee (JHC HREC) is to provide an ethical review of proposed research in accordance with principles as set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2015) (‘National Statement’).

Central to the conduct of ethically sound research are the principles of respect, fairness and the protection of study participants. When research is conducted ethically it values and respects the individual, fairly distributes any benefits or burdens of research throughout society, and minimises harm to participants. Unless proposed research also has merit and is conducted with integrity, the involvement of human participants in research cannot be ethically justified.

The JHC HREC is constituted and operates in accordance with the requirements of the National Statement, which means it has medical, care provider, research, legal, pastoral care and community representation.

The JHC HREC considers applications for research and quality improvement projects to be carried out at:

  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Glengarry Private Hospital
  • Peel Health Campus and
  • a number of private organisations.

The ethical aspects of research conducted at any of the above locations must be approved by the JHC HREC unless otherwise arranged with the JHC ethics staff. The JHC HREC aims to deliver a timely and satisfactory decision to researchers.

In addition, the JHC HREC monitors ongoing research projects and obtains regular reports about the progress and results of research being undertaken.

For Researchers

The JHC HREC can help researchers identify and consider aspects of their project which may have ethical implications, such as participant recruitment, consent and privacy. The JHC HREC can also assist researchers by providing information about the application process and the preparation of necessary documents. For further information, please contact JHC HREC staff.

JHC HREC meetings are held monthly (except January) and applications close two weeks prior to each meeting. Links to the application forms and deadlines for upcoming meetings are provided below. The Committee also accepts the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) which must be submitted with the JHC HREC NEAF supplementary form.

The review process is not intended to create a system which might inhibit research, but rather to ensure that ethical considerations are being taken seriously before the project begins. The ethical evaluation of research is not therefore to be regarded as an obstacle to be overcome but rather as a fundamental part of the research process.

Complaints

Participants: If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in a research project, please contact JHC Executive Office on (08) 9400 9404. Any complaint you make will be investigated by an independent party, treated in confidence, and you will be informed of the outcome.

Researchers: If you are a researcher with concerns about the ethical review process, please contact JHC HREC staff in the first instance.

How to contact the JHC HREC

Ann Hammer
Executive Officer
Phone: (08) 9400 9400 (ext. 6404)

Joanna Brisbane
Ethics Officer
Phone: (08) 9400 9897

Jacqui Mooy
Minutes Secretary
Phone: (08) 9400 9271

Email: JHC-Ethics@ramsayhealth.com.au


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