All non-clinical and social research which involves people conducted by or in Blue Care, UnitingCare Community and the acute care setting within UnitingCare Health requires prior approval from the UnitingCare Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
The UnitingCare Queensland HREC provides a robust governance structure for human research conducted throughout the organisation. Research requiring ethics approval is subject to vigorous and standardised consideration to ensure it is ethically acceptable. See the current HREC members and read the UCQ HREC Terms of Reference for more.
Researchers should seek ethical approval when the research they are proposing to conduct is with or about people. Read more about when to seek ethics approval here.
Gaining approval to do research within UnitingCare Queensland is a two step process, with a third concerning ongoing reporting:
Is this research of use to the organisation or the broader community at this time?
Does the organisation have the resources to support the research at this time?
Once the Research Approval Group has approved the research, the application form will be returned to the applicant. The second section of this form can then be completed and forwarded to the UnitingCare Queensland HREC. Please find the application deadlines here.
The UnitingCare Queensland HREC will primarily consider the following questions:
Will the likely the benefits of the research outweigh any risks?
Does the method of data collection, analysis and publication of findings meet the ethical standards of good research?
The UnitingCare Queensland HREC Committee is governed by the National Statement on NH&MRC (2007) Ethical Conduct in Human Research in performing its responsibilities.
For more information email HREC@ucareqld.com.au
Once you have started the research you will be asked to submit reports each six months on the progress of your research. These reports are designed to comply with National Health and Medical Research Council requirements and to facilitate communication with the service group regarding your research project.
Please see the UnitingCare Health website for information regarding the UnitingCare Health HREC application process.