Conducting Research within RDNS

All research conducted at RDNS or by RDNS staff requires review of the merit and rigour of the research proposal and protocol. In addition, research that has any perceived or actual impact on clients, staff or resources in the clinical area requires support and sponsorship from RDNS Community Services.

The RDNS Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) protects the welfare and rights of individuals, groups or communities who participate in research projects conducted within RDNS. If a project involves RDNS clients or staff, it is preferred that ethical review be undertaken by the RDNS HREC before submission to other ethic committees.

We welcome approaches from researchers and research organisations or groups to collaborate with RDNS in conducting research. Initial contact can be made by email to External applications will be assigned to an RDNS Institute researcher to assist with facilitation of the application process. Please allow a couple of weeks for this process when considering your submission date. Within your application, please include a statement outlining the benefit/s to RDNS from the proposed study.

Application to the RDNS HREC may be made on the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form. Further details about our application process can be found in the Guidelines for Conducting Research within RDNS (see link below).

Completed applications should be sent to:

The Chair
Human Research Ethics Committee
Royal District Nursing Service
31 Alma Road
VIC 3182

Please send any enquiries to

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Documents required for use in submissions:

Documents required after HREC approval:

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