There are several resources available to research students who need to learn about applying for ethics approval and using the online application system: the System for Tracking Research Ethics Applications and Monitoring (STREAM).
Ethics and Research Website
Whether you are conducting human research or animal research, you can refer to certain pages in the Ethics and Research website that contain useful information about how to prepare and submit an ethics application, as well as how the review process works.
Human Research Ethics
The Ethics and Research website also contains contact information for the Research Ethics Officer, as well as contact details for the Support Officers in each of the Faculty Ethics Subcommittees. Are you studying to achieve:
- an Undergraduate qualification;
- a Honours qualification; or
- a Masters by Coursework qualification?
If so, are you:
- conducting human research; or
- conducting research that does not use either human or animal participants?
If you answered yes, then your application will be reviewed by your Faculty Ethics Subcommittee. Therefore, the Support Officers of this committee can be contacted for any assistance you require.
Getting Started Guides
If you are a first time user of STREAM, then you may need to become familiar with the system before you submit your ethics application or as you are inputting your ethics application. An excellent resource to refer to are the STREAM Getting Started Guides.
If you do experience any difficulties using STREAM and the Getting Started Guides do not resolve your query, then either your Faculty Ethics Subcommittee Support Officer or the Ethics Team can be contacted for assistance.
In addition to the abovementioned resources, training workshops can be arranged to teach students about applying for ethics and STREAM.
If you are interested in attending a training workshop, it is a good idea to first speak to your supervisor. As training sessions are ideally arranged for a small group of research students (i.e. up to 10 people) who are studying to achieve the same qualification, your supervisor can determine if anyone else is interested and then contact the Ethics Team to make arrangements.
It is also advisable to keep a look out for other research training opportunities that your School or Faculty may coordinate. Often, the Ethics Team are contacted and asked to complete an ethics module as part of that training.
If you have any further queries regarding the resources or training opportunities, please email the Ethics Office at email@example.com or phone 6304 2170 to speak to the Research Ethics Officer.