Human research is "research conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue" (NHMRC, ARC and UA, 2007, updated 2018, p.3). It is important because research with humans contributes greatly to the public good, whether through a clinical trial testing the efficacy of a new vaccine, or a survey seeking to understand how users interact with a new public transport system. Human research also carries inherent risks, which makes it critical to understand how to conduct human research safely and ethically.
This module will cover the responsibilities of researchers and of RMIT as a research institution under the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and 'the Code' and other codes and legislations.
This online training will enable you to understand and reflect on:
- The origin and purpose of the main sources of guidance that are available on human research in Australia
- What factors help determine whether a study will require approval by a review committee
- Types of information researchers are expected to provide to a review committee
- Questions that a review committee will consider when determining whether a study is ethical
- Continuing researcher responsibilities researchers after a project has been approved
- The ways in which human research can go wrong