Human Research Ethics Committee

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00402) is a registered National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) in NSW / ACT.

The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance encourages participation in high quality, ethically sound research that will add to the body of available knowledge and will shape and inform practice.

We also encourage links with other organisations such as universities and hospitals and distribute research information both internally and externally as part of our commitment to collaboration and knowledge sharing.

If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of the research approved by the Ethics Committee, please call (02) 9975 8000 or email ethics@cerebralpalsy.org.au

For an overview of our process, review our Procedures Flowchart.

Role

To ensure the ethical standards outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans are met in all research projects approved by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Human Research Ethics Committee.

To ensure projects meet the three key principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, as set down in the National Statement.

The committee meets to consider:

  • new project proposals;
  • receive brief oral and written reports on ongoing projects;
  • consider any complaints or problems that may have arisen regarding ethical issues in Institute research; and
  • review the complaints procedures.

Members of the Ethics Committee are appointed for three-year terms.


Research and Ethics Policy

This policy is designed to ensure that all research undertaken and supported by the organisation is ethical and in line with our research priorities.

Policy for: Cerebral Palsy Alliance Human Research Ethics Committee

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00402) is a registered National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) in NSW / ACT.  The scope of the HREC to review ethics applications is limited within their registered status, i.e., not a lead HREC.  The demographics of the potential participants and other details of proposed projects may preclude the Cerebral Palsy Alliance HREC from reviewing an application for ethics approval.

Please note: the focus of the HREC is to review applications that involve the recruitment of CPA Clients or CPA Staff as participants, and the involvement of CPA Sites and other CPA resources to conduct the project.

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All research applications and accompanying documents must be received no later than 10 working days before the next scheduled Ethics Meeting.

2017 Dates for Ethics Committee

Submission Deadlines Meeting Date
16 January 1 February
13 February 1 March
20 March 5 April
17 April 3 May
22 May 1 June
19 June 5 July
17 July 2 August
21 August 6 September
18 September 4 October
16 October 1 November
20 November 6 December

Process to conduct research as an Investigator

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00402) uses a four stage submission process:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest to Research Committee*

*Experienced researchers or postgraduate students enrolled in a supervised research degree can elect to omit this phase and start the process at stage 3.
The purpose of this phase is to alert the Committee to your proposal and for you to receive initial feedback about whether it is likely to be approved before you complete a full submission. The Research Committee is assessing whether (a) the project has appropriate supervision, i.e. do no harm, and (b) the resources you request from Cerebral Palsy Alliance to support your project, such as staff time and funds, are a good match with the organisation’s agenda.

Document: Submit an Expression of Interest to Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Research Committee


Stage 2: Formal Proposal to Research Committee*

*Experienced researchers or postgraduate students enrolled in a supervised research degree can elect to omit this phase and start the process at stage 3.
The purpose of this phase is to provide the Research Committee with a detailed research plan. The Research Committee is assessing whether (a) the project has sound rigour, i.e. do no harm, and (b) it is feasible to recruit the sample group you are proposing to work with and that they are not currently being over-researched by other projects underway.

Document: Application for Research Approval to Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Research Committee


Stage 3: Formal Application to Ethics Committee

The purpose of this phase is for the Ethics Committee to assess ethical principles including: respect for people; potential benefits versus harm; and justice.

The methodology for your study will determine whether Application 1 OR Application 2 is appropriate. Please refer to the NHMRC guidelines to make this determination.

Study Documents

Please note: All documents to be submitted as part of an ethics application must be listed in a summary table in the Cover letter to the Committee. Please ensure the filenames for all documents start with the project reference number (if known) and a numbering format, including version number and date, to indicate the order in which the files are to be collated for the Committee.

For example:

Document Version Date
Filename: 1_Cover Letter_v1_date V1 Date
Filename: 2_Application_NEAF_v1_date V1 Date
Filename: 3_Research Protocol_v1_date V1 Date
Filename: 4_Participant Information_v1_date V1 Date
Filename: 5_Questionnaire_v1_date V1 Date
Filename: 6_Gatekeeper Letter_v1_date V1 Date

Application 1: Research involving greater than low risk (NEAF)

The National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) is a web-based tool that has been developed to assist researchers of all disciplines to complete research ethics proposals for submission to Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs), and to assist HRECs to consistently and efficiently assess these proposals. NEAF allows you to identify more than one HREC to which you will be submitting your proposal, and you can complete one proposal to submit to multiple HRECs. THis removes the need for researchers to prepare multiple application forms and means that all HRECs receive identical information about the proposal. More information is available at: www.neaf.gov.au.

Please note: If your project has been submitted to a lead HREC (eg university or hospital HREC) using the NEAF, you can submit that same NEAF and include a Site Specific Assessment (SSA) for Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The SSA needs to detail the proposed requirements for CPA Staff, CPA Clients or CPA Sites, and include email confirmation of approval from a CPA Senior Manager for their involvement in the project.

Multicentre trials, including public hospitals

Multicentre or single trials, excluding public hospitals


Application 2: Research involving only low or negligible risk

Document: Application for Ethical Approval of a Project


Stage 4: Board Approval

The Board of Directors of Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides the final approval to ensure potential liabilities have appropriate risk management strategies in place.


Application guidelines and reporting


More information

For any queries, please email Ethics at ethics@cerebralpalsy.org.au