Ethics

Ethics and Research Integrity

All Monash University researchers, including Graduate Research candidates, are required to comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Expectations and requirements of the Code and Monash policies and procedures covers a large range of research activity, including aspects such as authorship, data management, supervision of research trainees, publication and dissemination of research findings, conflict of interest, and ethical clearances.

Within MADA research involving human participants or subjects may take many various forms, the majority of which will be considered low risk. Examples of research projects involving humans which may require an ethics clearance include:

  • Use of interviews, focus groups or survey data
  • Research which includes the production of creative works utilising human stories and documents (photographs, written, audio and visual material)
  • Research which uses human materials for the production of creative works (hair, bones, fluids)
  • Design, testing and production of human-use products (transport design, public health projects, investigations into housing alternatives where interview data is utilised, design of mobility aids, hearing aids, other medical aids which require human interaction to test and develop)
  • Design, development and commercialisation of materials for human use

How to start an ethics application

Human ethics clearance applications for Graduate Research projects need to be initiated by the candidates’ main supervisor. To do so, the supervisor should:

  • go to my.Research
  • Select Applicant Login for Infonetica (on the left)
  • Once in, under Actions, click the "Create Project" button and follow the prompts
  • The supervisor will be able to assign the application across to the candidate to complete once the initial parts of the form have been filled in.

You can find further information about Human Ethics at the following Monash Research Office page: http://www.intranet.monash/researchadmin/start/ethics/human

The Monash Research Office provides a range of guidelines and information for researchers in relation to research data gathering, ethics, consent (including provision of consent form templates) and other legal issues associated with human research.