The WA Health Research Governance Framework governs the scientific, ethical and site governance review and approval and the conduct and monitoring of human research within WA public health organisations.
The policy and procedures apply to WA Health employees and non-WA Health employees (including clinical and non-clinical university academics) who propose to undertake, manage, review and govern human research involving patients, their tissue or data accessed through WA Health.
Research projects cannot commence at SMHS sites until they have:
- ethical and scientific approval AND
- site governance approval.
The ethical and site governance reviews are independent processes, but usually conducted in parallel.
SMHS retains the right not to authorise a research project at its sites, even if the project has ethical approval and/or site approval at other institutions.