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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.

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.

Apply for human research ethics

You will apply online and your application will be reviewed by UniSA's Human Research Ethics Committee (UniSA HREC)

Register Now for the 2015 Human Research Ethics Workshop: 14 & 15 July

The University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University invite all higher degree by research (HDR or RHD) students from all three institutions to a 11/2 day workshop on research ethics and integrity. Current HDR/RHD 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.

Sessions will include:

  • An introduction to research integrity and the responsible conduct of research
  • An overview of the ethical issues that may arise in research involving human participants (including research topic breakout sessions)
  • Tools to analyse and address these issues
  • How to apply for approval from a Human Research Ethics Committee
  • WHEN: Tuesday 14 July 2015, 9:00am to 4:30pm, and Wednesday 15 July 9:00AM to 12:00PM (note: attendance is required across both days)
    WHERE: UniSA City East Campus, Level 3 Centenary Building, Room C3-16 (Campus Map)
    RSVP: Registration required by 30 June via the Online Form
    ENQUIRIES: Contact the UniSA Research Ethics Team: humanethics@unisa.edu.au