Research at Adelaide

Human Research and Ethics Committee (HREC)

The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) at Calvary Health Care Adelaide (CHCA) is properly constituted in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, relevant Commonwealth and State legislation and regulations and Catholic Health Australia’s Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia.

The aim of the HREC is to ensure that high ethical standards are maintained in research projects conducted at CHCA, to protect the interests of research subjects, investigators and the institution. In carrying out these functions, the HREC, at all times, takes into consideration guidelines issued by the NHMRC together with the teaching of the Catholic Church and local cultural and social attitudes.

Process for research

The current process for research activity approval and conduct at any Calvary Hospital in Adelaide is as follows:

  1. If/when a researcher/investigator enquires about conducting research at a Calvary hospital, he/she is forwarded the CHCA HREC Ethics Submission Guidelines and Declaration.
    CHCA HREC Submission and Declaration (213 KB)
  2. The researcher/investigator forwards an outline of the proposed research to the relevant hospital site CEO requesting HREC consideration and research proposal approval.

Initial HREC Review

Fees may be applicable upon application and are stated within the Schedule on the Application Template.

Once CEO approval is received:

 Submit 15 copies by mail AND one copy by email to the Research Co-ordinator:

 SA-CHCA-HREC@calvarycare.org.au

Julie Rowe, HREC Research Co-ordinator
Calvary SA HREC Office
Care of 300 Wakefield St
Adelaide SA 5000

Documents required:

CHCA HREC Submission and Declaration (213 KB)

> CEO approval letter

> Supporting documents


Please ensure emailed copy is sent within a single email. 

These documents are considered ‘in-confidence’ and are managed and stored securely.

Once CEO approval is received:

 Submit one copy by mail AND one copy by email to the Research Co-ordinator

 SA-CHCA-HREC@calvarycare.org.au

Julie Rowe, HREC Research Co-ordinator
Calvary SA HREC Office
Care of 300 Wakefield St
Adelaide SA 5000

Documents required:

CHCA HREC Submission and Declaration (213 KB)

> CEO approval letter

> Supporting documents


Please ensure emailed copy is sent within a single email. 

These documents are considered ‘in-confidence’ and are managed and stored securely.

HREC members must have minimum of ten days to consider proposals before they are considered formally at the next HREC meeting, held every six weeks.

Researchers are requested to ensure they include relevant version numbers in order to track any requested amendments and for archival purposes.

The HREC Chairman notifies the principal researcher/investigator as soon as practicable by letter as to the approval status of the research.

Agenda items and Research Protocol submissions must be received by the Research Co-ordinator at least 10 business days prior to each meeting.

HREC meeting dates for 2018

28th November 2019

Closing date for submissions 2018

13th November 2018


HREC meeting dates for 2019

21st February 2019

11th April 2019

6th June 2019

1st August 2019

26th September 2019

28th November 2019

Closing date for submissions 2019

6th February 2019

27th March 2019

22th May 2019

17th July 2019

11th September 2019

13th November 2019

Protocol amendments/updated informed consent documents

Fees may be applicable upon application and are stated within the Schedule on the Amendment Application Form.

 Submit 15 copies by mail AND one copy by email to the Research Co-ordinator:

 SA-CHCA-HREC@calvarycare.org.au

Julie Rowe, HREC Research Co-ordinator
Calvary SA HREC Office
Care of 300 Wakefield St
Adelaide SA 5000

Documents required:

CHCA HREC Amendment Application Form (180 KB)

> Any supporting documents


Please ensure emailed copy is sent within a single email. 

 Submit one copy by mail AND one copy by email to the Research Co-ordinator:

 SA-CHCA-HREC@calvarycare.org.au

Julie Rowe, HREC Research Co-ordinator
Calvary SA HREC Office
Care of 300 Wakefield St
Adelaide SA 5000

Documents required:

CHCA HREC Amendment Application Form (176 KB)

> Any supporting documents


Please ensure emailed copy is sent within a single email. 

 

Reports

 Submit one copy by email to the Research Co-ordinator:

 SA-CHCA-HREC@calvarycare.org.au

Documents required:

CHCA HREC Annual-Final Report Template (233 KB)

 Submit one copy by email AND one copy by mail to the Research Co-ordinator:

 SA-CHCA-HREC@calvarycare.org.au

Julie Rowe, HREC Research Co-ordinator
Calvary SA HREC Office
Care of 300 Wakefield St
Adelaide SA 5000

Documents required:

CHCA HREC SAE Reporting of Individual Events (170 kB)

OR

CHCA HREC SAE Reporting of Summary Events – IB Updates (177 KB)


The Research Co-ordinator maintains complete records and has monitoring obligations for the study duration as stated in the governing document, The National Health and Medical Council (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct of Human Research 2007.

It is the responsibility of the HREC Chair to guide members through the research consideration process and to be informed and updated on all relevant legislative and jurisdictional documents and obligations.