Western Health has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with 11 partner organisations to work together to streamline and harmonise ethical and governance review of all multi-centre human health research.
The physical proximity and multiple levels of collaboration across healthcare, medical research and academia throughout Western Health and our affiliated University of Melbourne partners, through the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), provide us with a great opportunity to build a seamless and streamlined system that facilitates changes in clinical practice in response to evidence generated amongst our group.
To realise this goal, the partners have established a Steering Committee to oversee, develop and implement a comprehensive framework to deliver a highly efficient and effective overarching system for streamlined, harmonised and standardised ethical and governance review within our group. This initiative includes participation in the existing National Mutual Acceptance Program for single ethical review of multicentre clinical trials and any new State or National streamlining initiatives that may arise in the future.
This submission process is only applicable and available for projects reviewed and approved by the Research Excellence (REx) Partners:
Accepting participating sites:
Please note: A Western Health employee should be nominated as a contact person as an associate researcher in ALL projects undertaken at Western Health.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned to the principal investigator and study contact without being reviewed.
Receiving a complete application in one package allows that application to be reviewed once, as opposed to multiple times. This promotes efficiency and will allow the Office for Research team to provide a more timely and comprehensive service to all of our researchers and research partners.