SA Department for Health and Wellbeing Human Research Ethics Committee

The SA Department for Health and Wellbeing Human Research Ethics Committee (DHW HREC) receives and examines research and evaluation proposals initiated or conducted by SA Health staff and/or external researchers seeking access to SA Health data and/or clients. Proposals are assessed in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) ‘National Statement’, Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and SA Health's Code of Fair Information Practice.

Expressions of interest — Research members

The DHW HREC is currently recruiting members to its research category. More information can be found in the document below or call the Executive Officer on 8226 8102, or e-mail

Applications close midnight Friday 13 August.

DHW HREC Expressions of interest  Research members

Submitting an application through the Research GEMS system

All research ethics applications must be submitted through the Research GEMS online system.

Research GEMS allows researchers to:

  • complete and submit the project registration, Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) and Site Specific Assessment forms, concurrently
  • monitor approval progress of the research project
  • Submit post-approval monitoring information to the relevant research office, including milestone reports, amendments (including project extensions), adverse event reports and protocol deviations.

The system will automatically notify the relevant research office that the submission is available for review. For more information on the DHW Site Specific Assessments, see the Research Governance page.

DHW HREC submission checklist

When submitting an ethics application to the DHW HREC, please use the submission checklist (PDF 148KB) to ensure all relevant documents are attached to the application in Research GEMS.

Every research ethics application must have a separate study protocol (DOCX 418KB).

Peer review

It is a requirement of the SA Health HREC that each ethics application undergoes a peer review process by a person independent of the project team, in accordance with the expectations outlined in the Australian Code for Responsible Research Conduct. Details of this review should be outlined in the ethics application form and a copy of the peer review report provided as an attachment to the application.

Data Linkage applications

Applicants who are seeking to access SA Health data held by SA NT DataLink must submit to the SA Department for Health and Wellbeing HREC. The HREA application must be accompanied by the SA NT DataLink Letter of Feasibility.

All applicants must ensure they address the conditions for a Waiver of Consent listed above. Where applicable, applicants must also address the matters listed for consideration in paragraph D.5 of the Guidelines Approved under Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988, 2001; or, the matters listed for consideration in paragraph 3.3 of the Guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988, 2000.

DHW HREC COVID-19 response

Please see the DHW HREC COVID-19 response flow chart (PDF 94KB) when determining whether your study has been affected by COVID-19. You may need to submit a formal amendment to the committee if your data access or data collection methods have changed.


For further information relating to the DHW HREC, contact:

HREC Executive Officer
Office for Research
SA Health
PO Box 287
Rundle Mall SA 5000
Telephone: (08) 8226 8102