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Research at Adventist HealthCare

AHCL Ethics Committee

All research which involves human interaction, access to human tissue and/or identified personal information that is not already on the public record must routinely undergo ethical review by the Adventist HealthCare Limited Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) prior to commencement.

The ethical review process incorporates all aspects of research governance to ensure that human research within Adventist HealthCare Limited meets appropriate standards of quality, safety, privacy, risk management, financial management and ethical acceptability. Retrospective ethical approval will not be granted. Complaints are handled in accordance with relevant protocols and regulations.

Research activities that require ethical review include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Interview
  • Survey
  • Focus group
  • Audit
  • Observation
  • Testing or treatment
  • Peer review
  • Clinical trial
  • Clinical intervention

Committee membership

Membership of the Adventist HealthCare Limited Human Research Ethics Committee is structured in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) Sections 5.1.29 and 5.1.30. Members are selected based on their experience in the areas of research conducted within Adventist HealthCare facilities and are appointed by the Adventist HealthCare Limited Board of Directors for a three-year term.

In addition to the core membership requirements specified by the National Statement, other member categories have been identified by the Human Research Ethics Committee as relevant to the Committee's function and the members form an integral part of the Committee's membership.

The Committee includes the following members. Duties and responsibilities of certain members are outlined in the linked job descriptions.

Complaints or concerns

If you have concerns about the ethical conduct of research, you may find the following documents useful: