NT Health Research

Ethics

Human Research Ethics Committee

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health sponsors two Human Research Ethics Committees that together provide ethical review for all health related research conducted in the NT. These Committees are registered with the National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Top End HREC, located within the Menzies School of Health Research, reviews all research applications for the Department of Health research applications and the Top End Health Service. The Central Australian HREC, located within the Flinders’ Centre for Remote Health, reviews all research applications for the Central Australian Health Service.

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Top End Human Research Ethics Committee (TEHREC)

Top End Human Research Ethics Committee (TEHREC) approval is required for:

  1. All Clinical Trials or Data Linkage projects conducted using Department of Health, Top End Service (TEHs), or Central Australia Health Service (CAHs) sites or data, in consultation with CAHREC where Central Australian sites or data are used.
  2. All research:
    a)Conducted by employees of the NT Department of Health, or Top End Health Service
    b)Researchers wishing to conduct studies involving the participation of:
    • Department of Health employees or clients, and/or;
    • Top End Health Service employees or clients

Top End Human Research Ethics Committee (TEHREC) is registered with the NHMRC as the Human Research Committee of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Menzies School of Health Research and nominated as the Clinical Trials and Data Linkage HREC for the NT.

The Secretariat is hosted by Menzies School of Health Research and the Committee is comprised of health service staff, research academics, consumers and other members in compliance with the NHMRC National Statement.

The TEHREC also considers applications submitted for research in non-government health services across the Top End of the Northern Territory.

For multi-centred research the TEHREC accepts the following documentation:

  • HREA submitted to the lead HREC
  • All attachments to the HREA submission contextualised to the NT site
  • Completed relevant site information and Part D of the TEHREC full HREC form.

Further information including Researcher Resources, Application, Amendment and Report forms and the current TEHREC calendar is available on the Human Research Committee of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Menzies School of Health Research website or by contacting: ethics@menzies.edu.au

Related information

For research and ethics guidelines go to the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council website.

Central Australia Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC)

Central Australia Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC) approval is required for all research:

  1. conducted by employees of the NT Department of Health, or Central Australia Health Service;
  2. involving the participation of:
    • Department of Health employees or clients, and/or;
    • Top End Health Service employees or clients;
  3. Central Australia Health Service employees or clients.

All Clinical Trials or Data Linkage projects in the NT are referred to the Top End Human Research Ethics Committee (TEHREC) to take the lead on ethical approval in consultation with CAHREC.

Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC) is registered with the NHMRC as a Human Research Ethics Committee of the Northern Territory’s Department of Health.

The Secretariat is hosted by Flinders University Centre for Remote Health and the Committee is comprised of health service staff, research academics, consumers, and other members in compliance with the NHMRC National Statement.

CAHREC also considers non health related research and research involving non-government services across Central Australia.

For multi-centred research the CAHREC accepts the following documentation:

  • HREA submitted to the lead HREC;
  • All attachments to the HREA submission contextualised to the NT site; and
  • Completed Part D of the CAHREC full HREC form.

CAHREC reviews research applications where a research site is proposed to be located within the Central Australian region of the Northern Territory.  For research being conducted in the adjoining tristate areas (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia or the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia), ethical reviews are undertaken by either the “Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee” (AHREC) of South Australia or the “WA Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee” for Western Australia.

HREC requirements for projects involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

Approval from the appropriate NT HREC is required where Aboriginality is a key determinant or the research project is explicitly directed at Aboriginal people.  That is, where the project involves the following:

  • The experience of Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as an explicit focus of all or part of the research;
  • Data collection is explicitly directed at Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as a group, are to be examined in the results;
  • Where it is proposed to separately identify Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the results;
  • The geographic location of the research is such that a significant number of the population are likely to identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (based on chapter 4.7.6 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, updated 2018)) and the information, intervention, data collection and/or project outcome has an explicit impact on one or more Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; or
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health funds are a source of funding.

Further information on CAHREC, and to access researcher resources, including Application, Amendment and Report forms, and the current CAHREC calendar, is available from the Centre for Remote Health research website or by contacting cahrec@flinders.edu.au.

Related information

For research and ethics guidelines go to the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council website.

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Last updated: 07 December 2019

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