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Human Research Ethics Guidelines in Australia


Thomson, C and Breen, KJ and Chalmers, D, Human Research Ethics Guidelines in Australia, Big Picture Bioethics: Developing Democratic Policy in Contested Domains, Springer, S Dodds and RA Ankeny (ed), Switzerland, pp. 165-190. ISBN 9783319322391 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2016 Springer International Publishing Switzerland

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-32240-7_9


This chapter describes the human research ethics guidelines that have been issued by national government agencies in Australia between 1966 and the present time, the identity, authority and composition of the issuing agencies, the processes that they adopted in guideline development and promulgation together with some reflections on those processes.

In the section "Human research ethics guidelines in Australia" we present a chronological history of guidelines that address all or part of human research and identify the national agencies that issued them. In the second section, we describe those agencies, their establishment, their authority and their membership and reflect on these. In the third section, we discuss some of the processes that those agencies used in developing, issuing and promulgating guidelines and in the fourth section we reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of those processes.

We have only briefly noted the issue of ethical guidelines for special areas of research. Most important of these are the guidelines in regard to health research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The history of their development is important and complex and deserves to be told in detail and from an indigenous perspective.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:bioethics, human research ethics, guidelines, Australia
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International humanitarian and human rights law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Chalmers, D (Professor Don Chalmers)
ID Code:111492
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2016-09-15
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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