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Submitting an Ethics Application

There are three types of review for research and related activities in HNE Health:

  • Full HREC Review (Greater than low risk)
  • Expedited Review of Low and Negligible Research (LNR)
  • Review of Non-Research Activities that may result in external presentation/publication

Full HREC Review

Research Projects that will require full review by the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee (HNEHREC):

  • Interventions and therapies, including clinical and non-clinical trials and innovations or new treatment modalities
  • Active concealment or planned deception of participants;
  • Exposure of illegal activities;
  • Research specifically targeting Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
  • Research involving some vulnerable groups of participants
Application Form – Human Research Ethics Application Form (HREA)

Ethics Review Pathway ‘Greater than low risk research’

Expedited Review of Low and Negligible Risk (LNR) Research

An expedited review process for research projects, which are considered to be low or negligible risk to participants.

The types of low and negligible risk research that may undergo expedited review include research where:

  • The threat to participants privacy and confidentiality is remote;
  • The project does not (or does not have the potential to) involve sensitive information about participants; and
  • The level of intrusiveness and disruption to participants is minimal.
Application Form – Human Research Ethics Application Form (HREA)

Ethics Review Pathway ‘Low and Negligible Risk’

Quality Improvement,Service Evaluation, Audit Activities and Case Reports

Checklist: Ethical Considerations in Quality Improvement, Service Evaluation and Audit Activities

Case Reports

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