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Silver Chain Human Research Ethics Committee

Silver Chain Group’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and complies with the rules and regulations of the NHMRC.

Only applications from suitably qualified or supervised persons will be considered. Silver Chain retains the absolute right to approve, refuse, defer, limit or cease involvement in any research at its discretion.


HREC meetings

The HREC usually meets quarterly on the second Thursday of March, June, September and December. Proposed meetings are:

Meeting Date Close date for receiving applications
12 June 2014 15 May 2014
11 September 2014 14 August 2014
11 December 2014 13 November 2014
12 March 2015 12 February 2015


Who needs to use the ethics committee?

All researchers whose project involves using the name Silver Chain Group or RDNS SA, or its data, equipment or premises, or the participation of clients, students or staff.


How to apply

All applications must be made on the Silver Chain Group’s Research Application and Ethics Application forms which must be accompanied by a copy of a full proposal and any data collection instruments to be used. Where client and staff consent is necessary, a copy of the information statement(s) and consent form(s) must also be submitted. Any other study documentation such as recruitment and appointment letters must also be included. Please see the Researchers Information Sheet for further information.

All documents must be typed and signed. The completed forms and supporting documentation must be forwarded to the Research Support Co-ordinator by email ethics@silverchain.org.au in the first instance.

A copy of the signed ethics form needs to be posted to:
Research Support Co-ordinator
Silver Chain Group Human Research Ethics Committee
6 Sundercombe Street
Osborne Park WA 6017
Telephone (08) 9201 6758
Facsimile (08) 9242 0268


Timetable for submission of applications

Applications must be received a minimum of 28 days prior to a meeting date, if the application is to be ready to proceed to the HREC meeting. See above table for dates.


Ethics forms and information for researchers


If you have any questions you can contact the Research Support Co-ordinator at ethics@silverchain.org.au.