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Approval: Guidelines, Application and Reporting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples |Research on self


University staff, students enrolled in the University and persons in any way associated with or sponsored by the University who are involved in a human research project must ensure that the project has undergone the appropriate level of ethical review before it can commence.

Note: the HREC is not able to give retrospective ethics approval to projects which have already commenced.

Ethical review is undertaken by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) at various levels. Ethics approval is granted for a period of three years subject to annual progress reporting. Ethics approvals may be extended subject to submission of a satisfactory ethics renewal report prior to the project approval expiry date.

Low risk research may be reviewed by a review group or a sub-committee of the HREC or executively approved by the HREC Convenor. The HREC has established Review Groups to deal with low risk research projects for the Faculties of Arts and the Professions (Arts/Profs) and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Application for ethical approval is made using the forms available on the University of Adelaide website.

The HREC has an established subcommittee in the School of Psychology to deal with low risk research projects. Researchers should consult with the convenor of this subcommittee regarding the application process.

Note: all researchers proposing to conduct surveys with University staff, students or Alumni as participants must also comply with the University's Survey Framework. This approval process is independent of the HREC. For more information refer to

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Proposals to conduct research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or communities need to be submitted to the HREC. Researchers should refer to both the:

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Values and Ethics - Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research and

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

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Research on self

In general, experiments by a researcher on himself or herself will not be approved, as self-experimentation lacks meaningful informed consent in the manner required. However, where the proposed procedure is in no way dangerous or unreasonable, and where objectivity in the observation of results can be maintained, self-experimentation may be approved.