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Our role and responsibility

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

The Cabrini Research Governance Office (CRGO) is responsible for ensuring 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; and
  • ethical standards are maintained in research projects to protect the interests of the research participants, the investigator and the institution.

About us

Cabrini’s former Human Research Ethics Committee (CHREC) closed on 31 December 2019. The Cabrini Research Governance Office was introduced in 2020, offering review of low or negligible risk projects, and site governance for single or multi-site projects with a moderate to high level of risk.

Cabrini abides by the following research directives:

  • The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in 2007 and subsequent updates;
  • other relevant Commonwealth and State legislation; and
  • Catholic Health Australia’s Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia (2001).

Ensure you are familiar with Cabrini’s Clinical Trial COVID-19 response which has adopted government recommendations.


Seeking ethics approval of moderate to high risk studies

Human Research Ethics Committee Review of moderate to high risk studies to be conducted at Cabrini can be sought via Monash Partners HRECs through Monash Health HREC and Alfred Health HREC.

To enable concurrent governance review, please send your application (which can include an HREA and VSM) and supporting documentation to

The level of risk of your proposed research will determine which path is required to seek approval to conduct your study at Cabrini.

Ethics and governance approval must be secured before any research can commence.

Please review the CRGO Handbook for steps in obtaining ethics and governance approval.

Everything you need to complete a low risk or governance submission  

The CRGO Handbook will provide you with all the necessary information to complete a low risk or governance submission.


  • Attachment 1 – Full Review Application Form – No longer required at Cabrini.
  • Attachment 4 – Level of Risk 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 5 – Confidentiality Agreement – No longer in use. External researchers must now obtain an honorary appointment if access to Cabrini data is required. Email for more information.
  • Attachment 6 – 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.