Introduction to Research Governance
As defined by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Research Governance refers to the processes used by institutions to ensure that they are accountable for the research conducted under their auspices. To be properly governed, research must be conducted according to established ethical principles, guidelines for responsible research conduct, relevant legislation and regulations and institutional policy.
Research governance is vital to ensure patient safety during a research project and is a mechanism whereby each facility can confirm that any departments or individuals required to perform activities as part of a research project are willing to undertake them, are aware of their responsibilities and are capable of fulfilling them.
Conducting Research in a Ramsay Facility
Any research activity that is to be undertaken within Ramsay Health Care must have both Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and Research Governance approval in place.
Details regarding HREC applications and how to apply can be found on our Research Ethics page.
Ramsay Health Care are happy to accept Research Governance applications for studies pending HREC approval in order to facilitate a timely review. Please note, however, that Research Governance Approval will not be granted until evidence of ethical approval has been provided.
All Research Governance applications should be prepared using the Site Specific Assessment Form and submitted to the National Research Unit via email at ResearchGovernance@ramsayhealth.com.au.
Research Governance applications will be reviewed by the National Research Unit, a member of the relevant Facility Executive (e.g. CEO, Director of Clinical Services or Director of Medical Services) and the Medical Advisory Committee (or other relevant specialist clinical group).
Please note approval is subject to certain conditions, such as having HREC approval for the study and maintaining all relevant insurances required for the research activity. These conditions will be outlined in your approval letter.
The National Research Unit charge the following fees for Research Governance Applications.
|For a Research project that is commercially sponsored (single Facility)
|Additional sites for an existing Research project that is commercially sponsored
||$1,000 per additional site (capped at a maximum additional fee of $2,000)
|Clinical Registry Application
|For a Research project that is a Collaborative Group study, a Not for Profit entity, a Medical Research Institute or a University*
|For a Research project that is conducted at a Facility by a Ramsay Health Care employee, an accredited specialist or a student under the supervision of an accredited specialist which does not have external funding
|For a Research project that is conducted at a Facility by a Ramsay Health Care employee, an accredited specialist or a student under the supervision of an accredited specialist which does have external funding*
|Low-Negligible Risk Research or Clinical Audit*
|Amendments or additions to an already approved Research project (Major Amendment)
|Amendments or additions to an already approved Research project (Minor Amendment)
* N.B. Fees can be waived at the discretion of the National Research Unit
All fees are payable to the Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation (ABN 11 607 036 948).
An invoice will be generated and sent to you for payment once your application has been lodged.
For further information and queries, please email ResearchGovernance@ramsayhealth.com.au or call (02) 9433 3854.