Human Ethics Help and Training

The University has appointed a number of Research Ethics Advisors (REAs) who are responsible for the promotion of ethical review across the Unit in which the REA is based.

A Research Ethics Advisor assists in the promotion of ethical review through educating and communicating the principles of ethically conducted research at the local level and by:

  • providing advice for assessing E2 ethics applications;
  • providing discipline-relevant advice about research ethics at the local level to researchers (staff and students), supervisors and other researchers as and when relevant;
  • providing advice and assistance to those applying for ethics approval.
  • contributing to the deliberations of UniSA's HREC (including attending meetings) about ethical issues in relation to applications from their area, as requested by the Chair/ Deputy Chair.
  • facilitating communication between researchers at the local level and UniSA's HREC.
  • advising researchers, the Dean of Research and others, as appropriate, at the local level about changes to ethics policy.
  • advising the heads of relevant organisational units in relation to research ethics matters.

A list of Research Ethics Advisors is available here (login required).

The three local universities (UniSA, University of Adelaide and Flinders University) organise a one day workshop on human research ethics and research integrity each year. Coordination of this training rotates annually. The next workshop is being arranged by Flinders University and details will be posted here when available. 

Current research degree students who are undertaking research projects which require human research ethics approval are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. Non-HDR students whose current program of study requires an application for ethics approval may also be eligible, pending confirmation from their supervisor and the human ethics office.

The workshop usually includes:

  • An introduction to research integrity and the responsible conduct of research
  • An overview of the ethical issues that may arise in research involving humans (including topic-specific breakout sessions)
  • Tools to analyse and address these issues
  • How to apply for approval from a Human Research Ethics Committee

Other training in human research ethics for UniSA staff and students is delivered in Academic Units and Institutes by Research Ethics Advisors or the Manager: Research Ethics and Compliance. Please look out for these opportunities in your local area.

You are also encouraged to complete the Human Research Ethics supplementary training module (number 10), included as part of the Research Integrity online course on UniSA's learnonline platform. This supplementary module provides an introductuion to the area, and to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

Staff can access this course as follows:

Students can directly access the course via this link:


System help

User guides

These user guides provide detailed instructions on how to use the online ethics system. (PDF file format - download Adobe Acrobat).

For urgent enquiries, please contact

System-related queries

Please check out our MyRM Human Research Ethics Applications FAQ page for any system-related queries.

For all MyRM system issues please contact

Application help

Researchers should be familiar with

Research Ethics Advisors (REAs) can also provide ethics advice and assistance to researchers.

This PowerPoint slide set contains information and assistance to help you create a complete, high quality application for ethics approval of your research project, as well guidance to assist you with conducting your approved project. The contents are based on common issues identified by the HREC, Research Ethics Advisors and Ethics Officers. You can work through this slide set as self-guided learning, and it is also used by Research Ethics Advisors when conducting interactive training workshops.

Application Companion 

The 'Application companion' provides help to researchers, both staff and students, to complete high-quality applications for human research ethics approval. It focuses on providing general guidance about key concepts which should be considered and (where applicable to the nature of the specific research project) addressed within the application form to facilitate and streamline the review process. Download a copy of the Application Companion here.

For 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQs) relating to Human Research Ethics, application processes and associated requirements, please download the Application FAQs 

For FAQs related to the MyRM system (and 'troubleshooting' system issues), please visit the MyRM Human Research Ethics Applications FAQ