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 advised it will be decommissioning the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) on 30 June 2017. SA public health system Human Research Ethics Committees currently accept the NEAF created using the Online Forms system. The Online Forms NEAF will continue to be available until such time as the system is updated to incorporate the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form, which will occur prior to the NEAF being decommissioned. For National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) studies being submitted to a certified SA Health HREC for ethical and scientific review, it is recommended that the Online Forms NEAF continues to be used for the present time. For other studies, please contact the HREC directly to confirm their ethics form requirements.