Collecting informed consent

Informed consent involves providing sufficient information about the research study to allow a person to decide whether to consent to participate in research.

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Privacy and confidentiality

An individual's right to privacy is a fundamental human right. Confidentiality is the process of protecting an individual’s privacy.

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Minimising harm and managing risk

The risk and benefit of research must be assessed and any risks effectively minimised, mitigated or managed.

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Recruitment of research participants

It is essential that recruitment strategies adhere to the ethical principles of justice and respect.

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Remuneration and incentives

Offering reimbursements, incentives, or the possibility to win a prize as the result of participating in research has the potential to impact on the voluntary nature of consent and could be considered coercive to some participants.

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Clinical trials

Clinical Trials are a form of research design to find out the effects of an intervention, including a treatment or diagnostic procedure, and requires Human Ethics Committee (HREC) approval and governance authorisation. Find out more about Clinical Trials, and how we support our researchers and students in conducting research within ACU.

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Limited disclosure and debriefing

Researchers may find that the use of deception, or limited disclosure, is a necessary tool for their study. However, the use of such techniques raises special issues that the HREC/Ethics Panels will review closely.

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Codes, policies and guidelines

Researchers should conform to the requirements of any relevant guidelines, codes or legislation that applies to their research.

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Data management

The Research Data Management Toolkit has been developed to complement the ACU Research Data Management Policy, providing guidance for ACU researchers on the management of research data and the development of research data management plans.

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Conflicts of interest in research

A conflict of interest in research exists where there is a real, perceived, or potential divergence between the individual interests of a person and their professional responsibilities. Disclosure and, where necessary, management of conflicts of interest is crucial to maintaining the transparency and trustworthiness of research undertaken at the University.

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Certain participant groups and research settings have specific ethical requirements that researchers should consider.

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Page last updated on 16/04/2024

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