Research ethics workshop at Brisbane Campus

Published: Monday 6th June 2016

The ACU Human Research Ethics Committee will visit the Banyo Campus from Wednesday 22 to 24 June to meet with researchers and hold a number of workshops and roundtables. These workshops and meetings are open to research staff and students across all disciplines.

The campus visit will centre around a full day of workshops on Thursday 23 June, beginning with an Introduction to the Research Ethics Application Process (ORION) at ACU, followed by a workshop investigating ethical issues in Research in more detail, focussing on Consent, Risk and Recruitment.  A Roundtable will be held afterwards offering an opportunity for more experienced researchers to engage directly with members of the ethics Committee and Secretariat, and to discuss any concerns or challenges faced in their research.  The final workshop will explore what researchers need to do to gain access to students in the public and Catholic school systems.

The workshops and roundtables have been pitched to address the different needs of ACU’s research community.  HDR students and supervisors, ECR researchers and researchers who are new to ACU, will benefit from an introduction to the on-line (ORION) ethics application process, and an insight into the practical and ethical issues that commonly arise with applications.  More experienced researchers, already familiar with ORION and the completion of application forms will have the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges that arise in their research.

All workshops, seminars and roundtables will be interactive and questions are encouraged.  Workshops will be held face-to-face to encourage discussion.

In addition, the Chair and Ethics Manager will be happy to meet with individual researchers (including HDR students) to workshop their applications, and are available to meet with individual areas, such as schools, centres and departments, to discuss their research ethics needs, between Wednesday 21 June and Friday 23 June.

To book a time with the Ethics Team, please contact:




9.30 – 10.30

The Ethics Application Process at ACU

  • How   to complete the ORION online application
  • Common   ethical issues

Dr Nadia Crittenden (HREC Chair)

Susanna Gorman (ACU Research Ethics Manager)  & Members of the HREC


Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.00

Ethical Issues in research

  • consent
  • risk
  • recruitment

Dr Nadia Crittenden (HREC Chair)

Susanna Gorman (ACU Research Ethics Manager) & Members of the HREC

12.00 -

Lunch break

12.45 – 1.45

Ethics Roundtable – ethical issues in the field

Dr Nadia Crittenden (HREC Chair)

Susanna Gorman (ACU Research Ethics Manager) & Members of the HREC

2.00 -3.30

Conducting research in Queensland Catholic and Public Schools

Dr Angela Ferguson – Queensland DEAT

Ms Vera Zappala – Queensland Catholic Education Commission

Questions about the workshops and roundtables may be directed to Susanna Gorman (ext 2519,

Bookings for individual sessions should be directed to

Introduction to Research Ethics - The online ORION ethics application process explained

This workshop is intended for students and staff who are unfamiliar with ethics at ACU.  This workshop will explore the online ORION form and explain how the system works, and what the ethics committee will be looking for.  The workshop will cover the different types of approval options, timing, and risk, consent and other ethical issues.  The workshop will also touch upon the responsibilities of students and supervisors to research participants as well as to the University, and explain the importance of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Ethical issues in research

This workshop will concentrate upon the most common ethical issues that arise in research, in particular risk/benefit, consent and recruitment, as well as what to do if something goes wrong.

Roundtable for experienced researchers

This roundtable is intended for more experienced researchers who wish to engage in dialogue with the Ethics Committee about the challenges they face in their research.  This is an opportunity for frank dialogue, with an emphasis on collegial problem solving.

Seminar - Conducting research in Catholic and Public schools

Researching in schools is complex and ethics approval from ACU may not be sufficient.  For example, Queensland’s public schools require an additional layer of approval from Queensland Department of Education and Training (State Education Research Approval Process), whilst Catholic schools also have their own ethics approval process.

This is an opportunity to meet with Dr Angela Ferguson from Queensland Department of Education and Training who will explain how the process works, and what is requires from researchers.  Ms Vera Zappala from Queensland Catholic Education Commission will also contribute to the discussion explaining the requirements for conducting research within Queensland Catholic schools.