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 WCHN 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 Online 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 WCHN 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:
Research governance requirements
SA Health Policies
last modified: 23 Aug 2020