Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Research Governance

Research at the WCHN

WCHN Research Governance

Before a human research project may commence at Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) it must undergo a Research Governance Review, also known as Site Specific Assessment (SSA). This review is in addition to the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) review. The SSA Form has a separate purpose and separate assessment process to the HREC.

The PDF iconWCHN Human Research Ethics and Research Governance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been developed for research ethics and research governance matters. They apply to WCHN researchers, external researchers (including students) who are undertaking research at a WCHN site, WCHN research ethics committee members and other staff involved in the conduct and oversight of health and medical research at WCHN. The SOPS take into account the regulations, legislation, ethical and governance principles and guidelines for the responsible conduct of research.

Applications for Research Governance Review at the WCHN must be made by completing the SSA Form found at Link iconOnline Forms on the same page as the application for the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form.

The Research Governance Officer (RGO) will also require other documentation to be submitted together with the SSA for approval.  For this information, the Word iconWCHN SSA Submission Guidelines and Checklists will assist the applicant in ensuring which documents need to be provided to the RGO.

It is highly recommended that the Site Specific Assessment (SSA) application for research governance is submitted concurrently with the HREC application to avoid any delays in project commencement.

Once completed the SSA Form should be printed, signed and scanned and submitted by e-mail to the RGO together with the supporting documentation.

The study can only commence once the RGO and the Executive Director, Corporate Services have signed off on the SSA, and the RGO has provided the applicant with an authorisation letter for the study to commence at WCHN.

For further information on the SSA submission at WCHN, or any matters related to Research Governance, please contact:

Dr Carmel Murone
Research Governance Officer
Phone (08) 8161 6688

Research governance requirements

WCH page link iconSite Specific Assessment (SSA) Form

WCH page link iconWorking with Children Checks

WCH page link iconIndemnification and Insurance

WCH page link iconConfidentiality Agreements

WCH page link iconCredentialing

WCH page link iconClinical Trial Notification (CTN)

WCH page link iconFees

WCH page link iconPromoting research opportunities

WCH page link iconDocument Links

SA Health Policies

Link iconSA Health Research Governance Policy Directive

PDF iconSA Health - SSA advice to applicants

PDF iconSA Health - Clinical Trial Agreements Policy (March 2012)



last modified: 23 Aug 2020