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Welcome to the Research and Ethics Office web site for the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD).

This site explains the work of this Office and the processes a researcher must follow in order to undertake research on humans within the SWSLHD.

The policies and processes governing authorisation of human research have been developed in accordance with the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 and NSW Health policy directives and guidelines.

We hope this site is informative and helpful. Should you wish to make any comments or suggestions about this site please provide feedback to

Quick Links
Greater than Low Risk HREA
Low Risk HREA
Site Specific Applications
Decision Aid
SAE form
Progress Report form
Amendment Form
Participant Information Templates
Free Training on Research Ethics Principles     
Adding Investigators to Studies

 Updated National Statement - 2018 

NOTE: The National Statement (document that governs the Ethical principles in Australia and is used by the Ethics Committee in reviewing applications) has been updated in 2018. Further information in relation to the update can be found at  

SWSLHD recommends that researchers start using REGIS for all Applications

REGIS is being progressively implemented in all local health districts across NSW and the ACT. Most sites are now in the REGIS soft launch phase. The SWSLHD Research and Ethics Office recommends using REGIS as soon as possible. SWSLHD will be using REGIS for all new applications from 1 January 2019. There will be a transition period until 1 April 2019 and during this time, if you have already started an application using Online Forms, please continue using Online Forms until that application is submitted to our office. We strongly encourage you start using REGIS for all new research applications as soon as possible. Following 1 January 2019, the office will not accept applications created on Online Forms unless they have been started prior to 2019.

We note that by 1 April 2019, Online Forms will be decommissioned by NSW Health. This means that if you have any draft applications in Online Forms, that application will be lost if it is not submitted by 1 April 2019.

Existing Projects
For existing projects that have already received Ethics Approval and Research Governance Authorisation, please submit any new Amendments, MC Amendments, addition of investigator, SUSAR, Protocol Violations/Deviations the normal way (i.e., using the existing forms found on the SWSLHD Research and Ethics website and emailing to All projects will be migrated to REGIS by 1 April 2018. More communication will be sent closer to April 2019 in regard to this.

Quick Reference Guides (QRGs)
Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) for Research Applicants to assist you with how to complete applications, responding to a request for further information, etc., can be found at:

If you are experiencing IT issues with REGIS, please call the REGIS Helpdesk on 1300 073 447, or email The help desk is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm (excluding public holidays). If you have any other issues with REGIS, or any questions, please contact the Research and Ethics Office of 8738 8304. We also note that if you would like information on training, resources, news, feedback on REGIS or general questions, you may also contact the REGIS team on 

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