Research and Ethics Office

About Us


Christmas Closure 2020

Please find below the closing submission dates for the Research Directorate for 2020.

• Closing submission for greater than low risk ethics applications is the 27th November 2020.
• Closing submission for Low risk ethics applications is the 4th December 2020.
• Closing submission for Site specific applications is the 4th December 2020.

The Research Ethics and Governance Office will be closed for all submissions from the 18th December 2020 – reopening on the 11th January 2021.

Please withhold submitting any applications in REGIS during this period to avoid delays.

We wish you all the best for the holiday period and look forward to working with you all in 2021.

What we do

The Research Directorate is responsible for:

  • Administering submissions to the South Western Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the Chief Executive about the satisfactory governance of research projects within the SWSLHD
  • Answering questions and advising stakeholders on human research ethics and human research governance policies, guidelines and procedures within SWSLHD
  • Providing the research community with updated information relating to internal and external human research policies and guidelines
  • Dissemination of information about human research being undertaken within the SWSLHD
  • Facilitating communication with Research Offices in other jurisdictions
  • Organising educational opportunities for stakeholders on matters relating to ethical research and authorisation (governance) of human research in SWSLHD

Terms of Reference
Standard Operating Procedures

Sites covered

The SWSLHD Human Research Ethics Committee is an accredited Lead HREC therefore can review applications for ethical consideration for research to be undertaken within any NSW Health public health organistaion and participating Victorian and Queensland participating public health organisation for Clinical Trial of Drugs/Devices studies. The Chief Executive, in authorising a proposal, will however accept proof of ethical approval from either the SWSLHD HREC or an accredited Lead HREC.

Study Type Jurisdiction
  SWSLHD sites only
Clinical Trials of drugs and devices - Phase II NSW, VIC & Qld Public Health Organisations only
Clinical Trials of drugs and devices - Phase III NSW, VIC & Qld Public Health Organisations only
Qualitative health research Any NSW Public Health Organisation
Paediatrics (excluding Clinical Trials) Any NSW Public Health Organisation
Population Health and/or Public Health Any NSW Public Health Organisation
Clinical Intervention research other than Clinical Trials Any NSW Public Health Organisation
Mental Health Any NSW Public Health Organisation
Other - Clinical Research Any NSW Public Health Organisation
Other - Research involving culturally diverse population Any NSW Public Health Organisation

South Western Sydney Local Health District Sites

Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital
Bowral and District Hospital
Camden Hospital
Campbelltown Hospital
Fairfield Hospital
Liverpool Hospital

Community Health Centres
Bankstown Community Health Centre
Bowral Community Health Centre
Cabramatta Community Health Centre
Fairfield Community Health Centre
Hoxton Park Community Health Centre
Ingleburn Community Health Centre
Liverpool Community Health Centre
Miller Community Centre
Moorebank Community Health Centre
Narellan Community Health Centre
Prairiewood Community Health Centre
Rosemeadow Community Health Centre
Wollondilly Health Centre
Wingecarribee Community Health Centre

Functional Units
South Western Area Pathology Service – Liverpool
South Western Area Pathology Services – Camperdown
Local Units
Campbelltown Mental Health Service
FLYHT Youth Centre
Service for the treatment and rehabilitation of torture and trauma survivors (STARTTS)
Ingham Institute

Model of Ethics and Governance in NSW

The NSW Health Policy Directive for single ethical and scientific review of multicentre research establishes a system of Lead HRECs which are accredited to ethically review human research undertaken in the NSW public health system. HRECs may be accredited to review clinical and or general research for multicentre research proposals. A list of accredited (Lead) HRECs in NSW is available on the NSW Health website.

The aims of this single review system are to:

  • Ensure more effective use of resources.
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of the ethical and scientific reviews.
  • Allow acceptable multi-centre research to commence in a timely manner.

This policy recognises that ethical review may be undertaken on a single, state wide basis by an accredited HREC (Lead HREC).

It views organisational issues such as resourcing, investigator qualifications and legal matters as being site specific and related to research governance.

Human research may only commence when the Chief Executive of LHD, or his/her delegate, has authorised the commencement of research upon being assured that ethical approval has been granted (by a Lead HREC or the local HREC) and all site specific matters (research governance) per the Site Specific Assessment (SSA) have been appropriately reviewed and conform to NSW Health policy standards.

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