Research governance is a framework through which institutions are accountable for the scientific quality, ethical acceptability and safety of the research they sponsor or approve to be conducted.
Research Support Services at Monash Health provides governance across all Monash Health campuses including, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, School of Clinical Sciences, and the Deakin – Monash Health Nursing Research Centre.
As part of the Research Governance Framework, Monash Health facilitates training for researchers through a Research Governance Seminar series, provides access to the biostatistical consulting service, provides advice to researchers prior to submission of ethics and governance applications and provides ongoing monitoring of research through audits.
A project may be audited for a number of reasons:
- At the request of the Human Research Ethics Committee, following a protocol violation or following a significant change in classification of risk;
- Following a complaint;
- Random Selection;
- Following an insufficent Progress Report being submitted on an annual basis;
- Researchers are encouraged to view the Guidelines for Auditing of Research, the Self Audit Tool and the Short Audit Tools.
Monash Health has developed a suite of Standard Operating Procedures which are updated regularly and are available via PROMPT for all Monash Health users. In the event, that an external researcher requests access to an SoP, please email Research@monashhealth.org with a request and the relevant SoP will be emailed as a PDF document to you.