Human Ethics Tips & Training
Human Ethics Training
Human Ethics Top Tips
Legislation and Application Process:
- The first two sections of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research are essential reading.
- Work out which application process applies to your research (The first two sections of the NS will help you).
- Use the latest forms and downloads.
General Ethics Tips:
- Think critically about ethical issues, right through from your research question, to recruitment, data collection, writing up findings and dissemination thereof.
- Some key ethical issues to consider are:
- privacy and confidentiality
- perception of coercion in recruitment
- Declare all risks - be realistic. Then consider:
- research design to minimise risk, and
- ensure realistic process is in place in the rare event that the risk eventuates. Silence regarding risk speaks loudly. Be honest. No-one ever got HREC refused for declaring a risk. The important aspect is the balance between import of the research, risk and outcomes.
- Never say, "There is no risk".
- Never say, "There is no literature".
- Communicate in lay language and clearly convey your project's methodology, aims and objectives, benefits and risks.
- Attach all necessary supporting documentation.
- Utilise your mentors, supervisors, colleagues and your ethics team.
- Answer all questions in full - do not refer to other answers within your application or refer to a past application.