Research Ethics, Governance & Integrity (REGI) Unit

Important Updates 

  • Change to VSM: There has been a change of Victorian legislation and consent for research where the participant may not have decision making capacity (formerly referred to as ‘incompetent to give consent’).

    The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (the Act) will be implemented on 12 March 2018.

    There is minimal change but some additional questions will be required and the terminology has to align with the Act. Any ethics approval relevant to this section of the VSM will still be valid after 12 March 2018 as the Act does not require any retrospective change. The standard Participant Information and Consent Forms do not require change and will remain the same.

  • Launch of HREA in Victoria: The HREA will replace the NEAF from 31 August 2017, and should be used for all greater than low risk research and low risk research after this date. The application process for negligible risk research will remain the same at Barwon Health. Please click here to view FAQs on the HREA.

  • Submission of Progress and Final Reports: As of 1 September 2017, all progress and final reports are required to be submitted to By emailing this address, researchers will receive an automatic reply approving/acknowledging the progress or final report. Researchers will only be contacted after this if the submission requires clarification. Please note that updated insurance certificates can be submitted together with the progress or final report, however all other submissions including amendments and safety items are required to be submitted separately to as per normal processes.
  • New Barwon Health Research Reference Number Generator: The REGI Unit has implemented a new system for generating reference numbers for Barwon Health research projects. The old system will no longer be accessible via Improvement Activity Support. The Generator is based on the REDCap platform and can be accessed by both internal and external researchers. In order to streamline applications, additional questions relevant to each research project have been added to the online form. Follow this link to access the Barwon Health Research Reference Number Generator (please open with Google Chrome).

Welcome to the home page of the Barwon Health Research Ethics, Governance & Integrity (REGI) Unit.

Barwon Health has a vibrant research culture and enviable track record in research achievements. This research activity is supported by the REGI Unit, located in Kitchener House. The REGI Unit is an organisational unit of the Research Directorate and manages the many aspects of research compliance, research ethics applications and review processes.

The REGI team has a strong background in research ethics and management and can provide support and advice on research design, data management and analysis, and ethics applications. They also offer training for less experienced researchers.

All Barwon Health staff and associates interested in research are encouraged to drop in to meet the REGI team and get some tips for negotiating research ethics and governance.

The REGI Unit's role is to ensure that:

  • Barwon Health achieves research excellence and maintains the highest standards of research integrity and research conduct
  • Barwon Health research complies with national and international research ethics and governance guidelines and laws and exemplifies best practice

The REGI Unit works to achieve these aims by:

  • Providing support, advice and training to experienced and novice researchers on research design, data management and analysis, ethics applications and research dissemination
  • Providing support for research oversight to regional partners and collaborators
  • Coordinating all aspects of research oversight and compliance for research carried out under the auspices of Barwon Health
  • Coordinating and convening the Barwon Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and its associated sub-committee, the Research Review Committee
  • Reviewing and managing insurance, indemnity and contract documentation associated with clinical trials
  • Coordinating the Barwon Health Research Week activities
  • Producing the Research Report for the Barwon Health annual report
  • Producing the quarterly Barwon Health Research Newsletter

All correspondence and enquiries for REGI , RGO, and HREC, should be forwarded to


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