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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 the following 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 authorsiation - Site Specific Assessment (SSA) 
  • 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 (intranet 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 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 include:

  • Research support coordination and research grants administration – registered NHMRC Administering Institution
  • 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
  • Metro South Health biostatistics service
  • General research advice and support

These mechanisms are coordinated by 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. Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

About the CRF and our commitment

  • The CRF is committed to delivering high quality, world-class research that enhances patient care, challenges clinical practice and promotes innovative health service delivery.
  • Patient safety is our top priority and dedicated research staff provide specialist care to participants.
  • All clinical research studies at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), including those performed in the CRF, must meet the requirements of international and Australian regulations and are approved by a registered HREC.

Taking part in a research project

CRF Policy Framework

  • For clinicians and researchers wanting to undertake clinical trials at the CRF please review our policy and procedures.

CRF services

CRF contact

Last updated 20 February 2024
Last reviewed 20 February 2024