Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services (AHRECS)
Previous Projects

The Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services (AHRECS) team has worked with research ethics committees, ‘regulators’ and professional bodies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Vietnam and has advised on compliance with US OHRPP and ORI standards.

In addition to our strong theoretical background, and advanced understanding of regulatory requirements, our senior consultants have more than 20 years combined experience in implementing best practice in research ethics training, systems, and ‘reforms’.


SOME OF OUR PROJECTS INCLUDE:

Research integrity
Research integrity

For decades the AHRECS team has been working in the research integrity sphere with Research Integrity Adviser, researchers, research office staff in organisations large and small across Australia. Our work in the research integrity sphere has included: Research Integrity Adviser orientations for new More...

Human research ethics
Human research ethics

For decades the AHRECS team has been working with research ethics review bodies, researchers, research office staff in organisations large and small across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, the Americas, the UK and the European Union. Our work in the human More...

Blank
Costings

A fixed price quotation for any of our services can be provided on request. The following prices are indicative as of 19 April 2017 and are likely to change to reflect the specific requirements for a project, its scale, delivery More...

Blank
Creating a University Research Ethics Manual by adapting the Griffith University Research Ethics Manual (GUREM) specifically for your institution

This work is relevant for institutions who have purchased a Griffith University Research Ethics Manual (GUREM) license (https://www.griffith.edu.au/gurem). The AHRECS senior consultants include Dr Gary Allen who was the principal author of the University Research Ethics Manual (UREM). In the last More...

Blank
Drafting policies, resources and forms

The AHRECS senior consultants have been drafting policies, resources and forms for the research sector since the late 1980s. Since then, our senior consultants have served on Australian committees producing national material for grant funding and regulatory agencies, professional societies More...

Blank
Advising on difficult reviews

AHRECS senior consultants bring together more than 70 years of experience working as research ethics advisers, research ethics committee members and Chairs, ethics officers and researchers. Our experience covers a very wide range of disciplines, research designs and methodologies, potential participant More...

Blank
Advising on the implementation of a more constructive approach to human research ethics and/or research integrity

Our hands-on institutional experience is complemented by our academic work where we have explored strategies that are effective and identified why some long-standing practices are less successful. We have served on national drafting, reference group and oversight committees that have More...

Blank
Desktop audit of policies, processes, resource material and other arrangements

Having been involved in the daily operation of human research ethics and research integrity since the 1980s, our senior consultants have found it is often not easy to judge from within an institution how well those arrangements are working. It More...

Blank
Professional development workshops and online material

Institutions that engage in cutting-edge research need research governance and research ethics arrangements that can support that activity. The AHRECS senior consultants have been working in the human research ethics and research integrity spheres since 1984; which means we have decades’ More...

Whiteboard resourcing reflective practice
Whiteboard resourcing reflective practice

The AHRECS team is thrilled to share this seven-and-a-half minute video about the value and importance of resourcing the reflective practice of research, rather than focussing on enforcing compliance with rules. [embed]https://youtu.be/ooBtfzRseak[/embed] Be a voice for constructive change! Please promote this video throughout More...

SoTL Resource Booklets
SoTL Resource Booklets

In 2014 the Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) commissioned AHRECS to undertake work to help OLT grant-holders and fellows avoid unnecessary difficulties and delays during research ethics review. We identified several contributing factors to these problems including: the inexperience of More...

Advisory Services
Advisory Services

In recent months AHRECS has provided written advice (including suggested feedback to applicants) with regard to difficult research ethics review applications. We also advise on research integrity matters. Additionally, we can provide policy advice when an institution is deliberating between policy options. More...

Blank
University of Western Australia

UWA sought formal advice from AHRECS about research ethics review of a complex social science project. Our advice included a review of the specific methodology and research ethics literatures, reflection on the interpretation of the National Statement, practical solutions to More...

Prince Charles Hospital
Prince Charles Hospital

The Prince Charles Hospital commissioned AHRECS (Senior Consultants Prof Thomson and Dr Allen) to deliver x2 half-day discussion forum workshops for experienced HREC members and a full day training workshop for new HREC members. These workshops were open to HREC More...

Blank
Macquarie University

Macquarie University engaged AHRECS to formulate a positive framework for the implementation of Part A and Part B of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.The University nominated a number of reference institutions with the intention that Macquarie's More...

Blank
Charles Darwin University

After conducting a desktop audit of CDU's human research ethics and research integrity arrangements AHRECS produced a blueprint and a suite of practical recommendations. The focus of this process was recognising the existing strengths of the University's current arrangements, the More...

Blank
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

We assisted CSIRO establish its own research ethics committee, policies and proportional arrangements. AHRECS designed and delivered training for committee members and conducted training sessions for the organisation's researchers that were well received around the country. We also assisted with More...

Blank
Queensland Health

AHRECS designed and delivered a half-day workshop (conducted twice) to accomodate around 40 experienced Chairs / Deputy Chairs of QHealth research ethics committees. This extremely well received workshop explored difficult challenges confronting hospital-based committees. The format of the workshop involved More...

Blank
headspace

headspace needed practical and expert advice on consent, confidentiality and operational matters. headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. It provides free help and supported to young Australians who are aged 12-25. It provides health advice, support and information via More...

Blank
Crime and Misconduct Commission (Queensland)

We helped the Commission devise a framework based upon an organizationally- and contextually-relevant adoption of the National Statement. The proposed proportional review framework had review pathways that recognized the varying mandate held by individual projects (whether directed by regulatory or More...

Blank
Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

The Department sought expert advice as to whether to establish a research ethics committee and arrangements. AHRECS worked with FaHCSIA staff to produce a discussion paper about the different options and models for ethical review within the department. The goals More...

Evaluation of institutional arrangements
Evaluation of institutional arrangements

AHRECS brings together significant expertise with regards to the evaluation of human research ethics arrangements.  This experience includes small and large institutions working in the broad social sciences, fine arts and creative outputs, clinical and allied health research.  We have More...

Research integrity advice and training
Research integrity advice and training

The AHRECS' Senior consultants bring together considerable experience with regards to integrity matters such as: authorship; conflicts of interest; data storage; and research misconduct.  We have worked with a range of research institutions, government bodies, non-government organisations, research groups and More...

Researchers
Researchers

AHRECS has considerable expertise in conducting workshops for HDR students, HDR supervisors, ECRs, and more experienced research staff.  Our work has been extremely well received by researchers, even when research ethics has previously been a source of frustration and confusion.  More...

Research institutions and ethics committees
Research institutions and ethics committees

The AHRECS senior consultants have worked with research ethics committees and administrators in Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam on matters such as: building a more positive relationship with the institution's researchers; promoting. supporting and More...

Blank
University of Southern Queensland

Testimonial: "AHRECS delivered an exceptional ethics training and professional development workshop to our HREC members as well as a highly valued workshop to our research community, including staff and students. The experience and skills of the Consultants ensured that the More...

Blank
Tasmanian Human Research Ethics Committees capacity building for HREC members

University of Tasmania commissioned AHRECS to design and conduct a full day capacity building/professional development workshop for members of HRECs. This workshop was to explore issues identified by members.  This workshop was extremely well received. Tasmania has two registered research ethics More...