Human research ethics
Human research ethics at Torrens University
Torrens University Australia (TUA) is committed to the ethical and responsible conduct of human research and aligns to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018), referred to as the National Statement.
"Human research is research conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue." (National Statement) In line with the National Statement, research projects at TUA that involve people, their data or tissue, require review and approval in writing, prior to commencement.
Retrospective ethics approval cannot be provided as this contravenes the requirements of the National Statement.
The term ‘participants’ is used very broadly to include those who may not even know they are the subjects of research. In Australia, the National Statement is designed to clarify the responsibilities of institutions and researchers for the ethical design, conduct and dissemination of results of human research.
The purpose of the National Statement is to promote ethical human research. Fulfilment of this purpose requires that participants be accorded the respect and protection that is due to them. It also involves the fostering of research that is of benefit to the community.
At Torrens University Australia, ethics applications are managed via the Ethical Review Manager (Ethics RM) system. A user profile can be established by selecting the green button 'new user' on the EthicsRM login page. The ethics application form within EthicsRM is a NHMRC licensed version of the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA), in accordance with the ethical principles of the National Statement 2007 (updated 2018).