Research Ethics

High quality, ethical research is beneficial for patients, health professionals and the whole community.

The Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee helps protect the interests of patients, researchers and Cabrini by maintaining high ethical research standards across all research projects and all levels of risk.

Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee

The Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee (CHREC) reports directly to the Cabrini Board. It reviews and approves research projects conducted at Cabrini that involve human participants. It is chaired by Dr Margaret Staples and managed by Anne Spence. 

Our Human Research Ethics Committee ensures that:

  • ethically sound research is promoted and conducted at Cabrini
  • the research affirms the mission and values of Cabrini and teachings of the Catholic Church
  • ethical standards are maintained in research projects to protect the interests of the research participants, the investigator and the institution.

It conducts its business in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council in 2007, other relevant Commonwealth and State legislation and regulations and Catholic Health Australia’s Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia.

CHREC dates are available in the CHREC Handbook on page 9.

CHREC Handbook 

The Handbook is the most important CHREC resource and contains all the information researchers need to complete a research proposal for submission. 

Attachments 
  • Attachment 1 Application Form - Cabrini’s own application form. Only relevant sections should be completed, irrelevant sections can be deleted. We also accept the NEAF and VSM, in which case attachment 2 must be completed as well.  
  • Attachment 2 Cabrini Supplement Form - If the Cabrini application form (attachment 1) has not been used, researchers must complete this supplement. This form can also be used for low-risk submissions. Only relevant sections need be completed, irrelevant sections can be deleted.
  • Attachment 3 QA Checklist - This checklist is designed to aid researchers in determining the level of risk of their projects. Applicable to low-risk, negligible risk and quality assurance projects
  • Attachment 4 Progress Report - As per terms of approval of projects, all researchers are required to submit periodic progress reports. This form can be used for the annual report and the final report, required when a project is completed.
  • Attachment 5 Radiation Safety Form - Required if the project contains ionising radiation. Must be signed by Cabrini’s radiation officer, Dr Jeremy Druce, contactable at Cabrini Medical Imaging on 03 9508 1444. Please read the radiation guidelines prior to completing this document. Links are listed in the Handbook
  • Attachment 6 Documents to Be Presented Form - To be used if submitting additional/amended documents after the initial project submission, including protocols, participant information and consent forms, IBs, questionnaires etc.
  • Attachment 7 Events to Be Noted Form - To be used for all events excluding SAEs (see attachment 9), notably protocol deviations and violations.
  • Attachment 8 Admin Changes Form - To be used for all changes to study personnel, dates, contact details, logistics and other issues which raise no ethical concerns.
  • Attachment 9 SAEs Form - To be used for all SAE submissions. Please refer to the CHREC Handbook for SAE reporting guidelines. Rows can be deleted or added.
  • Attachment 10 Project Resourcing and Costing Form - Must be completed if projects need to use Cabrini resources or have support from departments, e.g. pharmacy and oncology. Unneeded sections can be deleted.
Governance Handbook

Cabrini Health Research Governance Handbook