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Research integrity

MSH is committed to conducting research:

  • that aids in the translation of new and innovative research into improved patient outcomes and best quality clinical care, in support of the MSH Research Strategy 2021-2024 and
  • with integrity, respect for participants, and in compliance with ethical and legislative standards.

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2023


Research Policy and Research Integrity Procedures

  • Research Policy - Outlines principles and expectations in conducting research within MSH, or in collaboration with external entities, through three key accountabilities – research excellence, research support and research administration. MSH upholds policy principles through the implementation of procedures, work instructions, guidelines, and protocols and in turn aims to embed research excellence through education and capability development. Research integrity is a vital element of the principles which underpin research excellence in MSH.
  • Research Integrity Procedure - outlines the expectations and process for the conduct of research in Metro South Health or research conducted under the auspices of MSH facilities/services. 
  • Research Complaints and Misconduct Procedure - establishes consistent and enforceable processes to manage any complaints and/or allegations that may be received about research undertaken at, in association with, or by MSH.

Research Integrity Education

The below three online research integrity modules have been developed in support of the first focus area of the Research Excellence and Capability Framework (PDF, 367.67 KB) and have been designed to target capabilities typically applicable to the following categories of researchers: novice, early and mid-career and experienced researchers.

Online education 

If you are already logged into MSHLearn please click the links below and you will be directed to the relevant course for registration:

If you are not already logged into MSHLearn please click here and search for 'Research integrity' in the 'Catalogue search' bar.

Research feedback, issues or concerns about research conduct

There are a variety of ways to provide feedback or raise a research related issue, concern about research conduct in MSH:

Option 1. Contact a MSH Research Integrity Advisor (RIA) (XLSX, 22.1 KB) in the first instance

  • MSH has appointed MSH employees from each service/facility to the roles of RIA.
  • RIAs promote the responsible conduct of research at MSH and are able to provide advice on good research practice. 
  • Anyone with a question or concern about research practices should speak to a RIA as soon as possible. Issues can often be avoided with early and appropriate communication. 
  • Individuals may speak to a MSH RIA from any service/facility.

Option 2. Provide feedback directly to Metro South Research

  • You can report any research conduct or protocol issues directly to the MSHREC.
  • You can also discuss any queries directly with any member of our team. 
  • Please see our Research related enquiries page for our contact details. 

Option 3. Complete the Metro South Research Integrity Portal 

  • This form allows you to submit a variety of matters of concern related to the conduct of research for consideration by MSH.
  • You can remain anonymous unless you choose to provide your contact details at the end of the form.

    Research Integrity Advisors


    • Metro South Research Integrity Advisors are able to advise on the responsible, ethical and conscientious conduct of research. Integrity Advisors might also be a point of contact in cases where an employee, member of the community or a research participant may be questioning research conduct or considering making a complaint about research. Integrity Advisors receive training and support.

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    Research Integrity Advisor Network

    Research Integrity Advisor Training

    Metro South Research Integrity Advisor Training, facilitated by experienced University of Queensland Research Integrity Advisors, was held on Wednesday 6 September 2023. 

    If you are interested in becoming a MSH RIA and being included in the MSH RIA Network please complete the EOI Form. 

    Health Translation Queensland (HTQ) - Research Integrity Showcases

    Research Integrity

    The research integrity poster has been developed as a guide when undertaking research to help you understand the code for the responsible conduct of research and how it applies to you. 

    Last updated 27 September 2023
    Last reviewed 14 September 2023