All Melbourne School of Health Sciences research projects involving human participants require ethics approval from the School of Health Sciences Human Ethics Advisory Group (SHEAG) before they can proceed. Projects approved by a duly constituted external ethics committee only require registration with the SHEAG.
All Human Ethics applications (minimal risk, standard or approved by a duly constituted external ethics committee) are to be submitted electronically via the Human Ethics Workbench in Themis by following the steps below:
- Log into Themis at www.themis.unimelb.edu.au/
- Select the UOM Research – Self Service menu (if staff) or the UOM Research Student – Self Service menu (if student).
- Select the Human Ethics Workbench
- Create your application online - note you can save a draft at any stage before you submit it.
- Complete the online screens and:
- Click on the link provided to the Ethics Application Form. Complete this form offline. Once completed, it must be attached to the application.
- Electronically attach (where appropriate):
- Plain Language Statement/s
- Consent Form/s
- Evidence of any external approvals
- Submit your electronic application (an email confirmation will be sent to all researchers). It will now appear in Themis as "Lodged".
Please note that recent changes to ethics processes now mean:
- There is no longer a separate application form for Minimal Risk and Standard Project. Instead, these have been replaced with an all-in-one form (in Themis) which determines the type of application based on answers to questions posed.
- The only signatures that are now required on applications are those of the Responsible Researcher and the HEAG Chair. This is the case for all applications. Electronic signatures are acceptable. There is no requirement to obtain signatures from other researchers or the Head of Department.
- There is no longer the need to submit hard copies of your applications form. As long as everything that the committee needs to review the application is uploaded in Themis i.e. application summary, consent form, plain language statement etc hardcopies do not need to be handed to your SHEAG administrator.
2017 SHEAG application deadlines and meeting dates
|MEETING NO.||APPLICATION DEADLINE||MEETING DATE|
*Minimal risk applications only reviewed at Meeting 10/2017
Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by two of the following SHEAG members at the meeting:
2017 SHEAG Committee Members
|Chair||Assoc Prof Adam Bryant|
|Deputy Chair||Prof Cathy Humphreys|
|Nursing Academics||Dr Sharon Kinney|
|Dr Snezana Kusljic|
|Physiotherapy Academics||Dr Selina Parry|
|Dr Tim Wrigley|
|Social Work Academics||Dr Nicole Hill|
|Optometry & Vision Sciences Academics||Dr Laura Downie|
|Prof Algis Vingrys|
|Audiology & Speech Pathology Academics||Dr Dani Tomlin|
|Dr Adam Vogel|
The SHEAG reports to the University Behavioural and Social Sciences Human Ethics Sub-Committee (BSS-HESC).
In addition to SHEAG approval, all standard applications require approval from the BSS-HESC. Please ensure any amendments requested by the SHEAG are completed and your amended application re-lodged at least 3 days before the most appropriate BSS-HESC application deadline
Navigating the application process provides a quick overview of the process for both HEAG and HESC review. Student researchers or those new to UoM processes should find it useful.
Alternatively, please direct any queries to the SHEAG Secretariat, Josie Smith (email: email@example.com).