Doing research with us | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a not-for-profit comprehensive cancer treatment and research hospital for public and private patients, located alongside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney in Camperdown, NSW.

All research conducted at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is required to undergo Ethics and Governance review prior to commencing.


Human Research Ethics Committee – HREC

HRECs review research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable and in accordance with relevant standards and guidelines.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is able to accept ethical review from NHMRC Certified Lead HRECs (NSW and interstate) in the National Mutual Acceptance initiative. Please refer to the relevant HREC’s website for information regarding submission and meeting dates, Standard Operating Procedures, Terms of Reference, submission requirements and fees.

Human Research Ethics Application – HREA

Accessed via REGIS

The HREA is the only application form that can be used when submitting to public hospital HRECs. The form is the same whether the project is low risk or more than low risk. The form is predictive, this means that for low risk projects researchers will only be asked to answer questions that relate to the type of research being conducted i.e. surveys; the questions generated will be specific to survey research.

As of December 2018, all new submissions to NSW Public Hospital HRECs must be completed via the Research Ethics and Governance Information System-REGIS

Researchers will need to register for a REGIS account before they can login and complete an HREA via REGIS. For more information about the transition to REGIS please visit the REGIS website


Please refer to the SPIRIT Statement for recommended minimum set of scientific, ethical and administrative elements that should be addressed in a clinical trial protocol.

The below protocol template can be downloaded.


Consent Documentation

NHMRC standard Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form templates

For research involving participant consent is required, one of the NHMRC standard templates must be used – these can be modified as necessary to make applicable to the specific research being conducted.

NSW Health Research Ethics Policies

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.

Research Governance

A Site Specific Assessment (SSA) submission needs to be submitted and authorised prior to the commencement of research projects at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Please find below the Lifehouse SSA form and checklists to assist you in preparing the SSA submission.

Clinical Trials

Please click on this link  for  Current Clinical Trials


•Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act)

•Information and Privacy Commission NSW

•NHMRC Guidelines under Section 95 Privacy Act 1988 A framework in which medical research involving personal information obtained by Commonwealth agencies should be conducted.

•NHMRC Guidelines approved under Section 95A Privacy Act 1988 A framework to ensure privacy protection of health information that is collected, used or disclosed in the conduct of research.

•The role of Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) in health privacy

Feedback & Complaints

Our Research is conducted in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) and the National statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018). These documents outline research related complaint management processes.

The NHMRC provides further guidance regarding the ‘Responsible Conduct of Research’.

Any feedback relating to research and research staff is welcomed by Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, please contact:

The Research Governance Manager on

(02) 8514 0410

Postal address: 119-143 Missenden Road

Camperdown NSW 2050

PO BOX M33 Missenden Road NSW 2050

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