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Human Research Ethics

Research involving human participants must not proceed without ethics approval

All human interaction, including human research, has ethical dimensions. Responsibility for the ethical design, review and conduct of human research is exercised at many levels. While the processes of ethical review are important, individual researchers and the institutions within which they work hold primary responsibility for ensuring that their research is ethically acceptable. Research involving human participants should also meet appropriate professional and cultural standards and legal requirements.

All staff and students who wish to undertake a research project involving humans (including direct collection of data, accessing data from databases and/or collection of human tissues/samples etc) must apply for ethics approval from the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee using the Online Human Research Ethics Application and Review System (online ethics system).

UniSA is guided by the:

The University's research policies are consistent with these guidelines and state and federal legislation. Under national guidelines the UniSA HREC is obliged to gather certain information before ethics approval can be granted.


HDR Human Research Ethics Workshop

The University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University invite all higher degree by research (HDR) students from these three institutions to a one day workshop on research ethics and integrity.

Current HDR students who are undertaking research projects which require human research ethics approval are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. Non-HDR students whose current program of study requires an application for ethics approval may also be eligible, pending confirmation from their supervisor.

The HDR Human Research Ethics Workshop will be held on Thursday 14 June 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the UniSA City East Campus, Basil Hetzel Building, Frome Road, Room H2-02.

Registration for this event is required by Monday 04 June 2018.

For further information and to register for this event, please view the workshop flyer here.