Human research ethics

What is Human Research?

Human research is conducted with/or about people, their biological materials, and/or data (information) about them. It therefore includes a broad range of activities such as:

Taking part in surveys, interviews, and/or focus groups;

Undergoing psychological, physiological, medical testing and/or treatment;

Being observed by researchers;

Researchers having access to participants’ personal documents and/or other materials;

The collection and use of participants’ biological materials (body organs, tissues, fluids and/or exhaled breath);

Access to participants’ information as part of an existing published or unpublished source/database.

If you have a question or would like some advice, we would really like to hear from you so we can be as helpful as possible. Please contact the friendly Human Research Ethics Team on:

E. humanethics@latrobe.edu.au

P. +61 3 9479 1443

Before you begin

How to Apply

1. Negligible & Low Risk Research

Submit by Closing Dates

Complete Online Application Form

Upload attachments (e.g., letters of support, advertisements, PICFs, surveys etc..) via the online portal

Choose SHE or ASSC College sub-committee to submit to

Need access? Contact researchmasteradmin@latrobe.edu.au

Request access to add external investigators

Need help? Online application Guide for Researchers

2. Above Low Risk Research

Submit by Closing Dates

Complete Online Application Form

Upload attachments (e.g., letters of support, advertisements, PICFs, surveys etc..) via the online portal

Choose University Human Ethics Committee (UHEC) to submit to

Need access? Contact researchmasteradmin@latrobe.edu.au

Request access to add external investigators

3. Externally Approved Applications

Used when La Trobe University staff and students receive ethics approval from another Human Research Ethics Committee

Review Externally Approved Project Guidelines

Complete the Externally Approved Project form

Submit all application forms, approved documents and/or letters to humanethics@latrobe.edu.au

Need more information? See externally approved project guidelines

The following templates can be used as a starting point for your PICFs (Please note that consent forms MUST no longer be separated):

Template PICF - General

Template PICF - Anoymous Online Survey

Template PICF- Databank

Template PICF - Clinical Trials

Template PICF - Clinical Trials Parent/ Gaurdian

Template PICF - Parent_Guardian

Modifications to an Approved Project

If you intend to modify your project you will be required to submit a modification request form. This can include, but is not limited to, changes to the following:

  • Recruitment, methodology and/or funding
  • Participant information statement and/or consent form/s (PICF)
  • Advertisements
  • Approval time period, i.e., if your ethics approval is due to expire and you require an extension

How do I submit a modification request?

  1. Complete Modification Form
  2. Attach a tracked changes and clean copy of all updated documents
  3. Submit modification request to humanethics@latrobe.edu.au

Annual/Final Reports

Serious Adverse Events and Incident Reports

How to Make a Complaint or Provide Feedback

For concerns about:

  1. an approved project
  2. the conduct of a researcher
  3. the conduct of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) or Low Risk sub-committees
  4. or wish to provide feedback

Please contact the Heidi Gaulke - Manager Ethics, Integrity and Biosafety

T: +61 3 9479 1443

E: researchintegrity@latrobe.edu.au

Legislation, Codes and External Guidelines

Research Integrity

Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Privacy and Data Protection

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: Guidelines and Protocols

Autism Spectrum Research

Clinical Trials

Quality Assurance

Research Involving Children

Other

Forms