Human Ethics Advisory Group Health (HEAG-H)
- 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.
- 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 the DU-HREC for review.
- Projects that may be exempted from review must have an "Exemption from Ethics Review" form submitted to the DU-HREC.
- It is the responsibility of the researcher to assess the level of risk associated with their own project. The Human Ethics Quickstart tool can help you. You may also need to refer to the National Statement.
- 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).
- Once ethics approval (or exemption) is granted, research is authorised to commence