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Resources to support research ethics applications

To support the collaborative approach to research ethics, ECU have developed resources and training for staff and students undertaking research at ECU. For support resources for animal research, please see the animal ethics web page.

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ECU-REM

The ECU-REM is a booklet-based resource for the University’s researchers and research ethics reviewers. The booklets are based on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and contain direct references to the Statement throughout.

The booklets of the Manual cover:

  1. The core ethical principles;
  2. Matters of general significance to all research;
  3. Matters relating to specific research designs;
  4. Matters relating to participants and contexts; and
  5. Legal and regulatory matters.

The Manual is practical; it provides realistic and useful strategies to respond to real challenges and difficulties. Please visit the ECU-REM.

Research Ethics Advisors

Research Ethics Advisors are members of each school’s Human Research Ethics Subcommittee. The Subcommittees are comprised of active researchers from across disciplines within the school. They are responsible for the review, approval and monitoring of all low risk research as well as an important source of advice and information to students and staff with regards to the University’s human research ethics arrangements and their appropriate application to the research conducted in that area.

As well as supporting students and staff from their School with general research ethics questions, the Subcommittee members should also be consulted in the first instance for all matters relating to concerns or complaints about approved human research ethics projects.

To find out who the Subcommittee members are in your school, please see the Review committees web page.

Research Ethics Team

The Research Ethics Team supports the Executive of the Human Research Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee to manage the review, approval and monitoring of human and animal research projects at ECU. They are available to support you in using the Research Ethics Management System, including the Proportional Review Checklist which determines the way in which your research project is reviewed. They are also available to assist you in understanding the review process at ECU and are an important resource for understanding how your project is monitored and the mechanisms for seeking an extension or reporting an adverse event. The Research Ethics Team should only be consulted for these administrative questions and for guidance that cannot be sought from the ECU Research Ethics Manuals or your Research Ethics Advisors, who are members of your School’s HREC Subcommittee.

Importantly, the Research Ethics Team provides tailored professional learning for ECU students and staff. You can find all of the professional learning presented as narrated PowerPoints or request a tailored session for your area.

Helpful resources

ECU has developed templates for participant information letters and consent forms that may support researchers in the preparation of an ethics application.  Where you see blue text in the templates, you will need to populate information relevant to your project.  These templates are based on those provided by the NHMRC.

Professional Learning

Online

Professional learning for the ECU Research Ethics Management System, the Proportional Review Checklist and all other matters relating to research ethics and integrity can be found on our dedicated professional learning page. Here you will find narrated PowerPoint presentation with hyperlinks for further reading.

Face to Face

Should you require a face to face presentation of the professional learning, please contact the Research Ethics Team.

Framework for Responsible Conduct of Research

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (released by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia) outlines the requirements of Australian research organisations in relation to the responsible conduct of research.

Edith Cowan University has accepted the requirements of the Code and also abides by other relevant Federal and State Government requirements governing integrity and ethical practice in research.

Members of the University undertaking research are required to be aware of the provisions of the Code, relevant University policies and guidelines governing responsible practice in research, as outlined on the Framework’s intranet page .

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