Research Ethics Consultation Committee

Ethical Research Consultation

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CMHDARN seeks to encourage researchers to participate in a process of peer-review regarding ethical issues to promote ethical conduct in practice-based research in mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors. This process helps to improve the quality of research related to these sectors, which, in turn, makes the research more useful for CMHDARN’s members. CMHDARN will support community managed mental health and AOD sectors to both implement and demonstrate ethical research in their workplace.

The CMHDARN Research Ethics Consultation Committee (RECC) has been established to provide ethical guidance to researchers and research participants. The RECC provides a researchers’ forum for ongoing consultation and guidance in matters of ethics regarding human research enquiries within the mental health and alcohol and other drug communities.

HOW CAN THE CMHDARN RECC ASSIST YOU?

  • Reviewing project proposals, methodology and data collection tools in the mental health (MH) and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sectors from an ethical perspective
  • Providing ethical review for CMHDARN and partner-organisation research projects that do not require ethical approval from another institution (e.g. a Human Research Ethics Committee) to ensure that the research meets the ethical requirements stipulated in the ‘CMHDARN Best Practice Guidelines’
  • Providing guidance and advice on engagement with consumers / clients and use of their feedback in research data and publications
  • Providing approval for CMHDARN / NADA / MHCC to support, participate in or promote a research project
  • Providing information about ethical standards and ethical practice guidelines appropriate to working in the AOD and MH sectors
  • Providing advice and support for an application to a Human Research Ethics Committee

WHO SHOULD REQUEST RECC ETHICS CONSULTATIONS?

  • Anyone who is conducting research relating to clients / consumers who receive services from MHCC and NADA member organisations
  • NADA member organisations who wish to access data from the NADAbase
  • Academic researchers who wish to conduct research in and with the MH and AOD sectors
  • Service delivery organisations in the MH and AOD sectors who are conducting an internal evaluation
  • Service delivery organisations in the MH and AOD who want to publish research / evaluation results
  • Researchers who want CMHDARN / NADA / MHCC to support, promote or participate in their research in the MH and AOD sectors

 

HOW CAN YOU REQUEST ETHICS AND RESEARCH REVIEW OF YOUR PROJECT?

  1. Read the CMHDARN RECC – Information for Applicants then;
  2. Complete the Request for Ethical Research Consultation form and submit to info@cmhdaresearchnetwork.com.au
  3. The CMHDARN RECC will meet to explore your application, and provide feedback, ask questions and make recommendations

 

MORE INFORMATION

Contact the Research Network Coordinator

EMAIL info@cmhdaresearchnetwork.com.au

PHONE 02 9555 8388

Useful Resources: 

NSW Health

National Health and Medical Research Council

Understanding Consent in Research Involving Children: the ethical issues – A handbook for ethics committees and researchers

St James Ethics Centre

Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine

The Ethics Guidebook