Health research

NT Health endorsers for research responsibilities

The role of the site endorser(s) is to assess whether the research is appropriate to be conducted at the relevant site by evaluating the research according to criteria to be considered for granting Site Specific Approval. On-the-ground assessment and endorsement is done by on-site Unit heads, Co-Directors and/or General Managers (collectively called endorsers).

The role of Unit Heads is to assess:

  • There are suitable and adequate facilities and resources for the research project to be conducted at this site.
  • The research is relevant to the NT Health site and aligns with the strategic goals.
  • The Organisational benefit of participating in the research is consistent with the resource contribution.
  • The research translation strategy is demonstrated and will provide evidence based information for improving patient outcomes, clinical care or service delivery.
  • All external researchers/students involved in the research project have the skills, training and experience necessary to undertake their role.
  • All NT Health researchers/students involved in the research project have the skills, training and experience necessary to undertake their role.
  • There is no conflict of interest for the researcher’s or that the declared conflict of interest is acceptable.
  • There is evidence of compliance with indemnity requirements.
  • Requirements for access to organisational data are clear and comply with legislative and NT Health policy requirements.
  • Data management, privacy and confidentiality requirements are described, and comply with legislative requirements.

The role of Co-Directors and/or General Managers is to assess:

  • There is a clear organisational benefit of participation in the research.
  • The research is consistent with the strategic objectives of the organisation.
  • The research project and resource implications are within the allocated budget of the service.
  • The Site Principal Investigator (Site PI) is responsible for obtaining approval from the relevant endorsers as outlined in the SSA Form. Endorsements can be in the form of email or letter and once obtained should be forwarded to the NT Health RGO.
  • If an endorser is concerned about the research they are encouraged to discuss concerns with the site PI and the NT Health RGO. If approval is withheld, the rationale for doing so, or requests for additional information and/or guidance is provided by the endorser.

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Last updated: 14 June 2022

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