About us

Our 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 Paediatrics. 

The two key goals of our department are to:

  1. protect the safety, rights and autonomy of research participants
  2. facilitate 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 research projects
  • managing the governance, namely the site specific approval, of research projects conducted on or by the Melbourne Children’s Campus
  • providing researchers with timely advice about research ethics
  • 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 plain language
  • policy development.

Ethics and governance 

All research conducted on or by the RCH Melbourne Children’s campus requires:

  1. ethical approval by a certified Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and
  2. governance 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:

Our networks

REG is active in a number of collaborative networks, including: