Silver Chain Human Research Ethics Committee

Silver Chain Human Research Ethics Committee

Our Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) reviews applications for research involving Silver Chain Group.

Our Committee is registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and complies with the rules and regulations of the NHMRC.

Research applications are considered from suitably qualified or supervised persons. We retain the absolute right to approve, refuse, defer, limit or cease involvement in any research at our discretion.

HREC meetings

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

Meeting Date Date for Receiving Applications
9 April 2020 12 March 2020
11 June 2020 14 May 2020
10 September 2020 13 August 2020
10 December 2020 12 November 2020

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 Technical Advisor by email

Note: The Technical Advisor position is resourced one day per week and can be accessed on Fridays to discuss or give input to research applications. Email

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 please contact the Technical Advisor at

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