Ethical Responsibilities

Ethical Responsibilities

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, updated 2018) sets out the national standards for ethical design, review and conduct of human research. Compliance with the National Statement is a prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council Funding. In addition, the National Statement sets national standards for use by any individual, institution or organisation conducting human research. This includes human research undertaken by governments, industry, private individuals, organisations, or networks of organisations. The National Statement is organised around the values of respect, research merit and integrity, justice, and beneficence.

Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders (2018) provides a set of principles to ensure research is safe, respectful, responsible, high quality and of benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Guidelines define six core values — spirit and integrity, cultural continuity, equity, reciprocity, respect, and responsibility. Keeping research on track II describes how the values and principles can be put into practice in research.

The NHMRC maintains a list of all registered Human Research Ethics Committees in Australia.

Australian HRECs specialising in data linkage review


ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Ethics Committee
NSW Population and Health Service Research Ethics Committee
SA Department for Health and Wellbeing Human Research Ethics Committee
Tasmania Health & Medical Human Research Ethics Committee
Department of Health WA Human Research Ethics Committee


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HRECs


Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee (SA)
Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee
Human Research Ethics Committee of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Menzies School of Health Research
WA Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee


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Data linkage has a significant role in reduction of cervical cancer in Australia. The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2007, success of the vaccine was monitored by linking vaccine registers to cervical smear registers in Queensland & Victoria.

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