SA Health is committed to supporting the conduct of high quality health and medical research across the public health system.
The ethical review of research is an important step in ensuring the quality of research and maintaining the welfare of research participants. It is a requirement that all research conducted at South Australian public health institutions, or involving clients of South Australian public health institutions, including regional health services, hospitals, community health services, public health clinics and associated programs, complies with the SA Health Research Ethics Operational Policy (PDF 214KB) and SA Health Research Governance Policy (PDF 111KB).
Human Research Ethics Committees
Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) are established to protect the welfare of people involved in research. More information on the individual HRECs within the public health system is available on the SA Health Human Research Committees page.
The SA Health Single Ethical Review Model allows a single ethical and scientific review for all research taking place at multiple sites across the South Australian public health system. More information on the single ethical review model is available on the SA Health Single Ethical Review Model page.
Research governance is concerned with the quality, safety, privacy, risk management, financial management and ethical acceptability of research. The SA Health Research Governance Policy (PDF 111KB) outlines the research governance requirements applicable to the South Australian public health system. More information on the policy and governance requirements of SA Health can be found on the Research governance page.
NEAF and the transition to the HREA
The NHMRC has now decommissioned the NEAF.
SA public health system Human Research Ethics Committees will accept the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form created on Online Forms system as of 1 September 2017. Research applicants will continue to be able to create Site Specific Applications (SSAs) using the Online Forms system.
For National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) studies being submitted to a certified SA Health HREC for ethical and scientific review, the use of the Online Forms HREA will be a requirement from 1 September 2017 onwards. For other studies, please refer to the Fact Sheet below and contact the HREC directly to confirm their ethics form requirements if required.
The following Fact Sheet (PDF 254KB) should be referred to for guidance on the use of the HREA across SA Health.