The Research and Policy Centre is committed to the highest ethical standards in our human research.
Our ethical standards
To ensure that we maintain and develop these high ethical standards, all research at the Brotherhood of St Laurence is reviewed by our Human Research Ethics Committee. This committee is registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council and its work is guided by the NHMRC's National statement on ethical conduct in research involving humans.
Research ethics applications must demonstrate that:
- the research will be relevant to the lives of people on low incomes
- participants are considered as partners in the research process
- the research will not harm participants
- people have the right not to participate, with no adverse consequences from that decision.
Ethics committee membership
The ethics committee comprises internal and external members. It is chaired by Janet Cohen.
Our ethics process
Details of our ethics guidelines and procedures are currently being reviewed.
To seek ethics approval to conduct research at the Brotherhood, please initially contact Dr Julie Connolly, Deputy General Manager, Research and Policy Centre at Julie.Connolly(at)bsl.org.au
Our ethics committee meeting times
The Human Research Ethics Committee currently meets twice each year.
All applications between meetings are reviewed and assessed by a subgroup of members, with oversight and approval by the Chair of the Ethics Committee.
If you have any enquiries or feedback related to research ethics at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, please contact
Dr Julie Connolly, Deputy General Manager, Research and Policy Centre