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Student Research & Research Ethics

All research conducted under the auspices of Adventist HealthCare Limited must be submitted for prior ethical review. For example, a student who conducts research as partial fulfilment of an academic degree must submit the research for ethical review. Similarly, a student who will conduct their research overseas, as part of their research program, must submit the research for ethical review, even though the research will occur outside of Australia.

In the case of student research the primary supervisor is considered the Principal Investigator. The student is named as a member of the research team and has shared responsibility for the ethical conduct of the research, but it is the primary supervisor who has primary responsibility for the ethical conduct of the research.

In practice, the student may be listed as the Contact Person on an Application for Ethical Review which means they will be the main correspondent about the application. The primary supervisor must ensure that the application is of an appropriate standard, that any matters relating to ethical review are resolved in a timely manner and the research is conducted as approved, that the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is notified of any changes to the project and reporting requirements are complied with.

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