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Research integrity advice

The designated Research Integrity Advisor at Princess Alexandra Hospital is the Acting Director of the Centres for Health Research.

The Research Integrity Advisor is able to advise a staff member who is unsure about a research conduct issue and may be considering whether to make an allegation or a complaint about research.

The Research Integrity Advisor will explain the options open to the person considering, making, or having made an allegation. These options include:

  • referring the matter directly to the person against whom the allegation is being made
  • not proceeding or withdrawing the allegation if discussion resolves the concerns
  • referring the allegation to a person in a supervisory capacity for resolution at the local or departmental level
  • making an allegation of research misconduct in writing to the designated person.

The adviser’s role does not extend to investigation or assessment of the allegation.

If the complaint cannot be handled to everyone’s satisfaction at the departmental level, a formal complaint or allegation must be made in writing to the Chair of the Centres for Health Research (the designated person appointed by Metro South Health). It is the role of the Chair to advise the Chief Executive/Executive Director or their delegated officer whether allegations appear to be justified and whether a prima facie case exists.

The Chair receives a written allegation, conducts a preliminary investigation, and provides advice to the Chief Executive/Executive Director or their delegated officer. The Chair maintains full records of all matters that relate to allegations of research misconduct.

Last updated 30 April 2015
Last reviewed 19 February 2015

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