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Research Governance & Integrity – obtaining authorisation to conduct research at BHS, SJOGBH and partner organisations

Research must be ‘governed’ at all stages of a project and BHS is responsible for the quality, safety and ethical acceptability of all research that is conducted under its auspices and partner organisations.

No study is exempt from Research Governance processes and it is recommended that researchers and sponsors of research review this website at each application point for applicable documentation requirements and fees.

Research governance implements the principles, requirements and standards of research. It addresses protection of research participants, the safety and quality of research, privacy and confidentiality, financial probity, legal and regulatory matters, risk management and monitoring arrangements and promotes good research culture and practice including review process that eliminates any unnecessary duplication of ethical review.

Roles and responsibilities for institutions in the governance of research are described in the following links:


Research Integrity

Ethical guidelines for the conduct of research

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (the Code) encourages and promotes integrity in research. It provides a framework for managing breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct, managing research data and materials, publishing and disseminating research findings, including proper attribution of authorship, conducting effective peer review and managing conflicts of interest. It also explains the responsibilities and rights of researchers if they witness research misconduct.

NHMRC takes all matters related to research integrity very seriously, and all research funded by NHMRC is required to comply with the Code. It is important to note, however, that NHMRC does not investigate allegations of research misconduct. This is the responsibility of the relevant research institution, as stated in the Code. The fact sheets below provide advice on how to raise concerns about research misconduct.

For further advice, please contact

Related NHMRC documents and policies

Principles for accessing and using publicly funded data for health research

Useful resources