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Human Research Governance


Before a human research project may commence at any site within Mater, it must undergo a Research Governance review (known as Site-Specific Assessment, or SSA). This review process is in addition to, and separate from, the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) review process.
 

The Research Governance review has a different purpose to the HREC review, including determination of the following:
 

  • compliance of the proposed project with all relevant legislation, regulations, guidelines and codes of practice (including Privacy Laws)
  • access to all required resources and expertise (such as facilities, equipment and appropriately qualified research personnel)
  • adherence to Mater site-specific policies (such as signatures from appropriate Heads of Department)
  • adherence to other administrative and legal requirements (such as evidence of adequate insurance, indemnity, budget and relevant agreements).

In summary, a human research project must hold both HREC Approval and Research Governance Authorisation before commencement of any project-related activities at Mater.


Once authorisation has been granted, there are certain conditions that must be met throughout the life of the study, including submission of study amendments and reports. Any human research that is conducted at Mater, or for which Mater is responsible, must be designed and conducted in accordance with the following:
 

Clinical trials must also be designed and conducted in accordance with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Note for Guidance on Good Clinical Practice

 

Contact us

Mater Research Governance Office
Room 270, Level 2, Aubigny Place
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Telephone: 07 3163 3769
 
Research Compliance Officer
Room 290, Level 2, Aubigny Place
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Telephone: 07 3163 2559