UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee

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All medical research projects undertaken at UnitingCare Health facilities require prior approval from the UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee.

UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee


The UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is responsible for ethical and scientific acceptability of all medically related research projects conducted at UnitingCare Health facilities and involving patients in any of UnitingCare Health’s hospitals.

The HREC is formed under the auspices of the National Health and Medical Research Council, which provides leadership and advice regarding research governance in Australia.

UnitingCare Health HREC and its Scientific Sub-Committee meet every two months to consider applications for research projects from investigators within UnitingCare Health.

Ethics Approval Process


Submit your application and copies to the UCH HREC Ethics Co-ordinator. Following a successful review you will receive one approval letter for ethical, scientific and Director of Medical Services approval.  The Initial Application Submission notes document below outlines the process in more detail.

Further information for researchers wishing to make submissions to the UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee is contained within the documents below.

Ongoing Reporting


Following a successful review the UCH HREC requires an annual report submission and notification of any serious adverse events, changes in protocol, extensions etc.

Fee


For all pharmaceutical sponsored projects there will be a review fee.

 


Initial Application for Ethical Review

Initial Application for Ethical Review of Low Risk Research
 

Application for Amendment

 


Report Forms

 


Other Forms

 




Please provide one electronic set of submission documents to ethics@uchealth.com.au.

Send one original signed application, along with ​nine copies (low risk applications need not send ​nine copies) to:
HREC Coordinator
UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee
The Wesley Hospital
PO Box 499
Auchenflower  Qld  4066


All medical  research projects undertaken at UnitingCare Health facilities require prior approval from the UnitingCare Health Human Research and Ethics Committee.   Please direct all enquiries for this research to Shannon Lytras, the HREC Coordinator on Ph 3232 7500 

All social research carried out in the acute care setting within UnitingCare Health which involves human participants, and for the provision of advice to UnitingCare Queensland on related matters require the prior approval of  UnitingCare Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee.  Please direct all enquiries regarding this research to Patricia Patterson, the HREC Coordinator, on 07 3253 4008. Study queries refer to the UnitingCare Queensland website.

Complaints procedure
For complaints about unethical conduct during any research project that has been reviewed by the UnitingCare Queensland Health Human Research Ethics Committee, or for concerns relating to the HREC process, please contact Shannon Lytras


Biological samples and data for research across QLD UnitingCare Health Hospitals

Based at The Wesley Hospital but providing services across all four UnitingCare Health hospitals in Queensland, the WMR Tissue Bank was established in 2007 and is the largest tissue bank of its kind in the state. The WMR Tissue Bank provides the scientific research community with high quality annotated biological samples, both healthy and diseased.

By using the WMR Tissue Bank, this enables researchers to focus on lab based activities rather than recruiting, consenting and collecting samples from willing participants.

For further information:
Ms Emma Raymond
Ph: (07) 3721 1519