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Human Ethics Tips & Training

Human Ethics Training

Human Ethics Top Tips
Saskia Leinius, one of the Ethics Managers at the Office of Research, shares tips on considerations researchers should take when applying for ethical clearance.

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Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)
Professor Bill Boyd, the Chair of the SCU Human Ethics Research Committee (HREC), outlines how HREC and the ethical review process supports researchers.

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Principles of Quality Research
Professor Bill Boyd, the Chair of the SCU Human Ethics Research Committee (HREC), goes into detail about the principles HREC refers to in the ethical review process.

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Obligations and guiding documents
Professor Bill Boyd, the Chair of the SCU Human Ethics Research Committee (HREC), outlines responsibilities and obligations that researchers and the institution have.

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Human Ethics Top Tips

Legislation and Application Process:

General Ethics Tips:

  • Think critically about ethical issues, right through from your research question, to recruitment, data collection, writing up findings and dissemination thereof.
  • Some key ethical issues to consider are:
    • privacy and confidentiality
    • perception of coercion in recruitment
    • risk.

Risk:

  • Declare all risks - be realistic. Then consider:
    • research design to minimise risk, and
    • ensure realistic process is in place in the rare event that the risk eventuates. Silence regarding risk speaks loudly. Be honest. No-one ever got HREC refused for declaring a risk. The important aspect is the balance between import of the research, risk and outcomes.
  • Never say, "There is no risk".

Common Errors:

  • Never say, "There is no literature".
  • Communicate in lay language and clearly convey your project's methodology, aims and objectives, benefits and risks.
  • Attach all necessary supporting documentation.
  • Utilise your mentors, supervisors, colleagues and your ethics team.
  • Answer all questions in full - do not refer to other answers within your application or refer to a past application.

Updated: 29 June 2016