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Centres for Health Research

The Centres for Health Research aims to foster all forms of research across Metro South Health - from basic biomedical to translational, clinical, health service and population health research. The Centres for Health Research and consists of three key areas:

  1. Research Compliance
  2. Research Support
  3. Research Development

Research Compliance

Research Compliance entails provision of administrative and coordinating services in support of the following functions:

  • Metro South Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) – National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Certified: EC00167
  • Research governance authorisation
  • Post-authorisation on-site monitoring - including research project set-up advice
  • PowerTrials  - Research Support Module within the integrated Electronic Medical Record (iEMR)
  • Research Integrity and Compliance Support

The Metro South Health HREC's responsibility is to ensure that a research project is of the highest ethical and scientific standard and that appropriate mechanisms are in place to protect all participants, irrespective of whether they are patients or staff members.

Research governance ensures organisational requirements are met including; assessment of the resource impact of a research project, assurance that contractual requirements follow the Metro South Health Contract Management Framework (internal link), implementation of appropriate accountability and outcome measure descriptions, and authorisation of the Site Specific Assessment (SSA).

Post-authorisation on-site monitoring of a research project enables research integrity to be assessed, in-situ including adherence to appropriate approvals and regulatory requirements.

PowerTrials, the iEMR Research Support Module, is currently being rolled out across the health service. PowerTrials facilitates research safety and visibility and has significant recruitment and research project management benefits.

Research Support Services

Includes the following services:

  • Research Support Coordination and Research Grants Administration – Registered as NHMRC Administering Institution
  • Clinical Research Facility (CRF) 
  • Cancer Collaborative Biobank (CCB)
  • Metro South Health Biostatistics Service

These mechanisms are coordinated by the Centres for Health Research and aim to provide researchers with additional tools and resources that can take a research idea and potentially transform it into clinical practice.

Research Development

In Metro South Health, research development is constantly evolving, adapting and improving practices to ensure the Health Service supports our researchers and contributes to our Metro South Health Research Strategy. Research Development activities includes:

  • Strategic planning
  • Commercialisation advice including intellectual property
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Education and training – Human Research Ethics Application (HREA), SSA, Research Protocol development, Participant Information and Consent Form (PICF) compilation
  • General research advice and support

Our values

Our Metro South Health Research Management Values are:

  • Value 1: Research with Integrity
  • Value 2: Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Value 3: Appropriate Ethical Review of Research
  • Value 4: Good Stewardship of Research Resources

See the Metro South Health Research Management Policy (PL2017/55) (PDF, 183.74 KB) to find out more.

Last updated 25 May 2018
Last reviewed 17 May 2018

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