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The Metro South Health Research Integrity Advisor is able to advise a member of the community or a participant 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:
The Research Integrity Advisor 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. 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.