goals and functions
Research Ethics and Governance (REG) is committed to supporting
research that improves the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Our
department oversees research that is conducted in or by the Melbourne Children’s
Campus. The campus includes The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Murdoch
Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne Department of
The two key goals of our department are to:
the safety, rights and autonomy of research participants
high quality research through supporting researchers.
To help meet these goals, REG carries out a number of
functions. These include:
- managing the ethical review processes of
- managing the governance, namely the site
specific approval, of research projects conducted on or by the Melbourne
- providing researchers with timely advice about
- assisting researchers with research management,
including assistance with meeting legislative and regulatory requirements
- assisting researchers with the risk management
of research projects
- providing researchers with support to write in
- policy development.
All research conducted on or by the RCH Melbourne
Children’s campus requires:
approval by a certified Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and
authorisation provided by REG.
The RCH HREC complies with the National Statement on
Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) including all updates. For more
information about the HREC, please refer to its:
REG is active in a number of collaborative
Drop in service for student researchers
Are you a student researcher? Would you like to know more
about any part of the ethics process, including plain language writing? Research
Ethics and Governance has a new drop in service that can help!
The service is aimed at students. However, any researcher
can use it.
Drop in service details:
- Every Tuesday
from 2 pm - 4 pm.
- At the Research Ethics and Governance office,
Level 4 South. Take the white lifts to Level 4 and then cross the bridge to the
- No need to make an appointment, just turn up. We
will deal with questions on a first-in basis.
You can attend the drop in session individually or you can
come as a group if you have similar issues to discuss.
If you aren’t able to attend the drop in session you can
make a time to meet with us. Just email us at email@example.com and
provide a brief description of your project, some available times and your
contact details. If you have a plain language question, you can email the Plain
Language Adviser, Magdalena McGuire, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her work days are Mondays and Tuesdays.