Anyone employed by James Cook University or studying at the University who intends to undertake a research or teaching project involving any form of human participation, observation of human activity, and access to databases must submit a human ethics application.
An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Ethics Application must be submitted if the research project:
The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) reviews all applications in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s guidelines:
An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ethics application consists of:
You can also use the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Human Ethics Application Form for submission to the James Cook University HREC. It is recommended that this form be used if you are conducting any research that requires multi-institutional/multi-health service district approvals.
Please read the Guidelines to Complete an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ethics Application (PDF, 140 KB) before you attempt to draft your application. These guidelines can be found at Forms and Downloads. Once you have a draft ready and your Supervisor/s (if applicable) is satisfied with the document, you need to forward the application to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ethics Advisor for review. This review can take time, so please take note of the Closing Dates for Submission of Ethics Applications.
Once the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ethics Advisor has reviewed and signed the application ready for submission:
A signed original application (signed by Principal Investigator, Supervisor/s (if applicable), Dean of College/Delegate and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Ethics Advisor plus 1 photocopy and one electronic copy (application form and all attachments in one pdf document) must be submitted and emailed to:
Please note: Any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ethics application received after the closing date for a meeting will be held over to the next meeting of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
Any incomplete applications or applications submitted without the appropriate signatures will not be submitted to the HREC for review.
If you are intending to conduct a research project with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or communities, the design of your project must respect and take into account the values, and cultural protocols of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
When the views and cultural, values, beliefs and practices of researchers and participants differ there is potential for miscommunication, misunderstanding and breach of cultural protocols leading to disrespect, mistrust, inaccurate interpretation of data and negative research outcomes. For this reason it is strongly recommended that researchers include on their research team an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to assist in the research process and ensure positive outcomes for all stakeholders.
You could include an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person as a:
You should decide what guidance and support you need for your project in the planning stage of the study. When planning the study you must ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the members of the research team are defined, for example, ensure that:
Note: If the Cultural Broker or Mentor is playing a leadership role in the project then that person should be named as a Co-Investigator on the project. If you are assisted by people who, for example, recruit participants, negotiate and draft research agreements, analyse data, write reports for you, collect data on your behalf from participants in the study, i.e. conduct interviews, focus groups etc, and act as a language interpreters then these people should be employed on the project and paid as research assistants or project officers rather than listed as cultural brokers or mentors.
Any ethics application received after the closing date to Human Ethics Advisors will be held over to the next meeting of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month, except for December. There is no January HREC meeting.
HREC decisions will be released 7-10 working days after the meeting date. Most applications are approved at the meeting submitted, but the HREC may request further details or amendments from applicants or a resubmission of an application to the next meeting of the HREC. In planning your research project, please allow a maximum of 2 months for passage of your application from submission to approval.
Low/Negligible risk ethics applications can be submitted at any time as they are reviewed on a continual basis and do not have a deadline for submission.
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