Research at the WCHN
WCHN Research Governance
Before a human research project may commence at Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) it must undergo a Research Governance Review, also known as Site Specific Assessment (SSA) review. This review is in addition to the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) review. The SSA Form has a separate purpose and separate assessment process to the HREC.
Applications for Research Governance Review at the WCHN must be made by submitting the SSA Form which is located online on the same page as the application for the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form.
It is highly recommended that the Site Specific Assessment (SSA) application for research governance is submitted concurrently with the HREC application to avoid any delays in project commencement.
The Research Governance Officer (RGO) will also require other documentation to be submitted in company with the SSA for approval. For this information, the WCHN SSA Submission Guidelines and Checklists and the SSA Checklist on the SSA form will assist the applicant in ensuring which documents need to be provided to the RGO.
The study can only commence once the RGO and the Executive Director, Corporate Services have signed off on the SSA, and the RGO has provided the applicant with an authorisation letter for the study to commence at WCHN.
For further information on the SSA submission at WCHN, or any matters related to Research Governance, please contact:
Research governance requirements
SA Health Policies
last modified: 24 Sep 2019