Research ethics and governance

The East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) has a centralised area-wide Research Ethics and Governance (REG) Unit based at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH). The aim of the centralised REG unit is to improve the efficiency and quality of ethical and governance reviews, especially for multi-site projects and clinical trials, and to support local clinical researchers to understand and meet their regulatory obligations.

The EMHS REG unit provides ethical and governance review of proposed research projects and monitoring of approved research for all EMHS sites including:

  • Armadale Health Service
  • Bentley Health Service
  • Royal Perth Group
  • East Metropolitan Mental Health Service
Researchers, study co-ordinators and study sponsors should contact the REG unit as early as possible when planning a new research project or when considering adding an EMHS site to an existing project.

Research ethics and governance forms

A standard set of ethics and governance forms are used throughout WA Health. 

The ethics forms are available from the Department of Health Research Ethics Forms webpage.

Please note that WA Health HRECs accept either the WA Health Ethics Application Form (WAHEAF) or, for multi-site (especially interstate) projects, the NEAF/HREA. However, it is preferable to use the WAHEAF for projects to be conducted at a single site within WA Health or for multi-site projects only conducted within WA.

The governance review forms are available from the Department of Health Research Governance Forms webpage

Making a submission

All ethics and governance submissions for new research projects can be made via WA Health’s Research Governance System (RGS).

Contact us

Office location and mailing address:
East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS)
Research Ethics and Governance
Level 3, Colonial House
Royal Perth Hospital
Wellington Street, PERTH WA 6000

Email: EMHS.REG@health.wa.gov.au 

Phone: (08) 9224 2260