The Human Ethics office Roles

The Human Ethics office Roles

The Human Ethics office Roles

The Human Ethics office coordinates services for staff and students undertaking research involving people.

Academic research that involves people in any way is called “Human Research”.  That includes working with people, human tissue, or even information about people in any of the following ways:

  • Surveys, interviews, and focus groups;

  • Medical, physiological or psychological testing, including clinical trials;

  • Using people’s personal material, including documents;

  • Use of human organs, tissue or fluids;

  • Using information about people obtained from a database, including linkage data-sets or private practice patient files;

  • or, even just observing people for a research purpose.

People in any of those categories are called ‘participants’ in research.

Research at the University must be reviewed and approved by an ethics committee before you interact with participants. This review is usually done by a formally constituted Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) which meets once a month. However, projects defined as low-risk by the ethics code can be reviewed more informally by panel lists in each faculty who are trained in the application of the ethics code.

In most cases participants’ consent must be obtained before you conduct your research and participants are at liberty to participate, or not, without coercion. In rare circumstances, consent can be waived by making special application to the HREC.

Human research can also affect the lives of the family, friends, or community members who are not directly participating in your research. If impact on others is foreseeable, that must be considered in the research design and the ethical review of your research.

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