Human Ethics Advisory Group Health (HEAG-H)

*Projects are not eligible to be reviewed by HEAG-H if they have been or are to be reviewed by another Australian committee. These projects must be sent to DUHREC.

Important note: From 2 April 2012 it will be compulsory for all staff and students submitting a full ethics application for the first time at Deakin (either DUHREC or HEAG) to complete human research ethics training. This may be done in person or online*. Once training is completed, you must take the quiz on the Human Ethics D2L site to obtain your email confirming completion. This can then be submitted with your application. If you have already been listed as a researcher on a successful application submitted prior to 2 April, you are exempt from this requirement.

*To gain access to online training you will need to log into D2L, click on self-register and select the Office of Research Integrity. The site will then appear within the My Sites area of your D2L homepage. If you are already logged into D2L, you can go directly to self-register.

Who requires ethics approval?

  • Research projects from or at Deakin involving human participants (surveys, interviews, experiments, exercises, etc) require prior ethics approval from the Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee(DU-HREC) or a faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG). Some research may be exempt from review if it is negligible risk research or involves the use of existing collections of data or records that contain only non-identifiable data about human beings. In these cases an application for ethics exemption must be submitted to the DU-HREC.

What projects are eligible for HEAG-H review?

  • Projects are not eligible to be reviewed by HEAG-H if they have been or are to be reviewed by another committee. These projects must be sent to DUHREC.
  • All staff and student low risk research projects from the Faculty of Health may be submitted to the HEAG-H for ethics review.
  • Any project with a higher than low level of risk must be submitted to theDU-HREC for review.
  • Projects that may be exempted from review must have an "Exemption from Ethics Review" form submitted to the DU-HREC.

How do I know if my project is low risk?

  • It is the responsibility of the researcher to assess the level of risk associated with their own project. You may need to refer to the National Statement.

What are the possible outcomes of HEAG-H review?

  • The HEAG-H may grant approval, request amendment or resubmission of low risk research proposals.
  • After risk assessment, if the HEAG-H believes that the project is not low risk, the researchers will be notified and asked to submit their application to DU-HREC for ethics review. Please note that DUHREC require ethics applications to be submitted on the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF).

After approval, what then?

  • Once ethics approval (or exemption) is granted, research is authorised to commence
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