Research Office

About us

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is accredited as a Lead HREC by NSW Ministry of Health and is also a certified institution under the NHMRC National Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review Initiative (HoMER).

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney HREC also has additional insurance which allows it to extend ethical and scientific review to projects being conducted at Public and/or Private Health sites nationally. 

The Research Office is a department of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Ltd.  The Office is the secretariat of the St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney HREC and is also responsible for Research Governance review across St Vincent's & Mater Health Sydney (St Vincent’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Private, the Mater Hospital St Joseph’s Hospital, and Sacred Heart Hospice) and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

Our staff has extensive experience preparing and reviewing submissions to the St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney HREC, and are able to provide advice and assistance with submissions to the Committee, as well as site specific applications for governance review at any site across the St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney network. We encourage all researchers wishing to undertake projects involving humans across the network to make the Research Office their first point of contact.

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney HREC currently reviews single and multi-centre research applications in the following areas:

  • Clinical Trials Phase 1
  • Clinical Trials Phase 2
  • Clinical Trials Phase 3
  • Clinical Trials Phase 4
  • Population Health
  • Clinical Intervention Research (other than clinical trials)
  • Mental Health

The St Vincent’s Hospital HREC operates under the requirements set out by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC). All research involving humans must conform to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) and the  Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007). For research specific to NSW, the NSW Supplement to the National Statement (2008) (PDF 688.8KB) provides guidance for investigators with regard to the lawful and ethical conduct of research in the NSW public health system.

NSW Ministry of Health

The NSW Office for Health and Medical Research is responsible for developing, communicating, implementing and evaluating policies, frameworks and guidelines to ensure that ethical considerations are given proper weight in medical and clinical practice, and research within the NSW public health system. Further information can be found at the NSW OHMR website.