Research at the WCHN
Research GEMS – Now Live (posted 21 December 2020)
The WCHN Research Secretariat is now accepting new applications for ethics and site assessments through Research GEMS. Please note the following:
A specific GEMS user guide is still under development, however, the guides provided for the NSW REGIS system are compatible and are good source for instructions. These guides can be accessed via the REGIS webpage.
All new HREC and/or SSA applications must now be submitted via the Research GEMS.
Important Message for Researchers About COVID-19 (posted 2 December 2020)
Due to the current changing situation of COVID-19 in South Australia, it advised that all researchers and participants at WCHN comply with the advice provided by the WCHN Chief Operating Officer, including the wearing of masks and use of QR codes. We will provide updates as conditions change.
Message from the Research Secretariat regarding Ethics and Governance Submissions (posted 21 October 2020)
SA Health has engaged F1 Solutions to develop a new Research Management System called Research Governance and Ethics Management System (GEMS) which is in the final design stages of development and will be rolled out later this year. Research GEMS will replace Online Forms as the new platform to generate and submit Ethics and Governance applications for review.
As there will be a transition phase between when SA Health will end the contract with Online Forms and the implementation of Research GEMS, we request that researchers with draft applications in Online Forms finalise and download their completed applications by 28th October.
New applications can be commenced by the following process for submissions from 29th October 2020 during the transition phase:
Please ensure you have included all supporting documents with your application to avoid delays.
An acknowledgement email confirming receipt of your application will be sent. If you do not receive this email, please follow up with the Research Secretariat.
If you have any queries, please contact the relevant person by accessing their details on our webpage.
Once Research GEMS is operational, we will contact researchers to provide training in the use of this new system.
Your patience during this transition phase is greatly appreciated.
SA Health announces a new Research Management System called GEMS (posted 10 September 2020)
SA Health announced the purchase of a new Research Management System called Governance and Ethics Management System (GEMS). The system is still being finessed and will be rolled out later this year.
In the interim, you may have queries about what this means for you and your research. Hence we provide the following initial advice:
Please Note: These dates are only guides at this stage and may change with short notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition period. More information will be made available as it comes to hand from SA Health and F1 Solutions.
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR RESEARCHERS ABOUT COVID-19
Below are messages posted for researchers in relation to COVID-19.
Updates will be provided if and when there are any changes that impact on research at WCHN. Please check this webpage regularly for updates.
WCHN Research – Opening Up Research at WCHN (UPDATED as of 1 October 2020)
Please note, the principles below apply to researchers and anyone associated with the research.
As noted in the NHMRC document, COVID-19: Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors, HRECs, researchers and sponsors, “The safety and well-being of patients, research participants and their families, and health care professionals, researchers and other staff involved in patient care and research are paramount”.
Staff are advised of the following updated (additional) principles governing research at the WCHN:
In addition to the above:
Changes to NHMRC’s 2021 grant schedule and policies in response to COVID-19 (posted 10 August 2020)
NHMRC has released a communique regarding changes to the 2021 grant program in response to COVID-19 pandemic as below.
*Exact dates will be finalised later this year in consultation with RAOs and the ARC.
For more details, please refer to the communique.
Frequently Asked Questions on NHMRC processes during COVID-19 (posted 23 April 2020)
NHMRC has released FAQs on changes to the processes for NHMRC applications for funding, peer review, grant management and other changes since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Research Secretariat staff working from home (posted 6 April 2020)
All WCHN Research Secretariat staff will be working from home as of Tuesday, 7 April 2020. As a result, our office will be closed until further notice.
All enquiries and documents should be emailed to the relevant person as detailed on our webpage.
All of our services will still be available as usual so please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail.
Stay safe everyone (#STAYATHOME)!
last modified: 21 Dec 2020