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Single site Greater than Low Risk Applications

Single site research projects include research projects that use data/specimens/or seek participants from one site only.

Your project is single site if you are asking Barwon Health to review the project for one site only. Barwon Health is considered a single site, which includes all Barwon Health owned locations such as Barwon Health North and McKellar Centre.

Where the risk of your research, even if unlikely, is more serious than discomfort, the research is greater than low risk (National Statement, 2023).

Consider the following when gauging the risks of your research:

  • The kinds of harm, discomfort, or inconvenience that may occur
  • The likelihood of these occurring
  • The severity of any harm that may occur such as:
    • Physical harms; including injury, illness, pain
    • Psychological harms; including feelings of worthlessness, distress, guilt, anger, fear
    • Social harms; including damage to social networks or relationships with others, discrimination
    • Economic harms; including the imposition of direct or indirect costs on participants
    • Legal harms; including discovery and prosecution of criminal conduct.

If you’re not sure whether your research is suitable for a greater than low risk application, please visit the how to prepare an application page or download and complete the ‘Level of Risk Checklist’. You may also contact [email protected] with any queries.

Single site Greater then Low Risk projects require ethical review by a formally constituted Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). Researchers are required to complete and submit a full application to the Barwon Health Human Research Ethics Committee (BH HREC) for review and approval. Please visit the HREC page for meeting dates and submission deadlines.

Read all of the points in the process (including information drop-downs) before commencing with your application. Note that the numbering system is arbitrary and that multiple steps can be undertaken in parallel to save you time.

All application submission, feedback, correspondence, information requests and approvals occur within Ethical Review Manager (ERM).


Contact RDU with any queries or concerns

RDU is here to help. If you are not sure where to start or have a question regarding your research project, email us at [email protected] and a member of the RDU team will get back to you within 24 hours.  If you have a current application underway, please ensure you include your Barwon Health reference number in your enquiry.

Last Modified: Friday, 24 May 2024