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Metro South Research

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

1. 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 - Site Specific Assessment (SSA) 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 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 facilitates research safety and visibility and has significant recruitment and research project management benefits.

2. Research Support Services

Includes the following services:

  • Research support coordination and research grants administration – registered NHMRC Administering Institution
  • Clinical Research Facility (CRF) 
  • Metro South Health biostatistics service

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

3. 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 – HREA, SSA, research protocol development, Participant Information and Consent Form (PICF) compilation
  • General research advice and support

Metro South Health Research Management Values

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) to find out more.

Last updated 23 June 2020
Last reviewed 17 May 2018