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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PHRN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has taken steps to mitigate the risk of transmission to our staff. In line with advice on social distancing, all staff at PHRN program office have moved to work from home. Staff are currently all working in line with our usual work patterns and our landline numbers are being diverted to staff at home, so will either be answered, or it will be possible to leave a voicemail. Please bear with us as we move to this new way of working. We will be participating in any meetings we need to attend remotely via Zoom. We are reviewing our work plans in light of the current situation and will make changes as required to ensure we are serving our network, researchers and community in this changing situation.

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WA Department of Health is seeking to establish a contract for the provision of an expert resource which will provide consultation to the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Tourism and Industry on a joint initiative. The ‘Strategic Linkage Advisor’, will provide strategic linkage advice, research, analysis, stakeholder management and inter-governmental coordination on matters relating to data linkage.