Learning Opportunities

PRAXIS Australia provides an array of training resources for ethics committee, researchers and others involved in the planning, review and conduct of research. Our offerings include short courses, nationally recognised accredited qualifications and access to tertiary level learning opportunities through our Member organisations.

Our approach to the delivery of training aims to be less centralised, by facilitating training in smaller metropolitan regions as well as larger metropolitan centres, utilising resources of local, skilled experts who share our vision and commitment.

All of our services are guided by consultation with the communities we aim to assist and under the guidance of advisory and other committees that represent thought leaders and experts from across the broader communities we serve. 

Research Essentials: Developing Excellence in Research Design and Practice

What is Research Essentials?

Research Essentials is a unique research training resource that has been designed to deliver a world class program to meet the specific needs of all those involved in research while also enabling learners to pick and choose from a diverse range of subjects so that they can design a training program that best meets their needs.

The program is comprised of 6 internationally accepted core Competency Units and associated Modules and a selection of Electives. In total there are 68 unique modules and electives to choose from. 

Research Essentials has been designed and written by a group of over 60 of Australia's leaders in the fields of research, science and research ethics and represents a new and innovative model of education for the Australian research workforce and is based on the work of the Harvard MRCT group. PRAXIS is the Australian partner of the Harvard MRCT. Click to read more about the Harvard MRCT work.


Why should you do this course? 

Research Essentials is designed to improve research efficiency, increase research outputs, drive innovative research and minimise research risk. All those involved in research understand that researchers and members of  the research management, review and governance workforce need life-long continuing education to maintain and extend their skills and to ensure that they are able to respond to rapid innovation in their field. This model is designed to meet the diverse needs of all members of the research workforce. 


Who has Research Essentials been designed for?

Research Essentials has been designed to cater to the needs of Australia's diverse research workforce, across disciplines and settings. If you are a Researcher or Investigator, Research Coordinator or Nurse, Research Manager or Assistant , Research Ethics, Governance or Integrity personnel, working in Industry, Health Care or the Academic sector, this course has something to offer you. 


Bellberry Scholarship Opportunities | closed | International Clinical Trials Day 2017 #ICTD2017

Bellberry Limited have generously supported a limited number of individual $1000 scholarships across the Research Essentials training model, in celebration of International Clinical Trials Day 2017 . Applications are now closed and successful applicants have been notified. 


How long does the training take to complete? 

This will depend on your choices. Each module takes between 2-3 hours to complete and each elective between 3-4 hours.  You can choose to do one single module or elective or a combination of electives and modules. There are numerous options and variations available to you . Our unique enrolment process can also help by designing the best course for you, depending on your background, experience and needs.  Design your own adventure or let us do it for you! 


Is there a full list of course options and module details available to review to help me select the best training pathway?

Yes. You can download an overview of the course options and a full list of the module and elective descriptions here. If you would like to find out more information or have questions, please contact us to speak to our staff who will be available to discuss the options that are most suitable to your needs. A full range of staff contact details can be found here.

New! Skills Sets

We have recently released our new Skills Set model that makes choosing the right option simpler. Each Skill Set is comrpised of 8 modules and electives and is ideal for those that aren't sure what is the best pathway of study for them and don't necessarily want to undertake a full course. Download a brochure that descibes the Skills Set model here.


How much does it cost?

PRAXIS Australia is a not for profit company committed to supporting the research sector through the creation of new services. We recognise that cost is a barrier to accessing ongoing training and professional development for many. We have ensured that the cost for our training is kept as affordable as possible to encourage the research workforce broadly to participate in upskilling through our services. In summary, the prices are as follows: 

  1. Course: $2000 (plus gst) 
  2. Competency Unit: $750 (plus gst)
  3. Core Skills Set: $750 (plus gst)
  4. Module: $150 (plus gst)
  5. Elective: $250 (plus gst)

More information about prices can be found here.


I am ready to enrol - what next?

The enrolment process is very quick and simple and can be completed online. The link to our enrolment form is here.  Choose "Research Essentials" in the drop down list. Once you have submitted an enrolment form our staff will contact you via email and issue you an access code to our purpose built enrolment site that will allow you to choose your study pathway. It is simple, quick and very easy to follow. Once you have made your selections, an invoice will be issued and upon receipt of payment you will be issued access to your selections. 

You can amend your selections at any time by submitting a change request via the enrolment interface. This ensures you have the freedom to revise your study pathway as your needs change. 


PRAXIS Intensive Research Ethics Course

PRAXIS, in collaboration with Monash CEMS  and Sydney Health Ethics (previously known as the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine - VELiM), offers a highly regarded intensive Research Ethics Course that is convened by PRAXIS Directors Paul Komesaroff and Ian Kerridge, Kandy White and Lilon Bandler, with a team of guest presenters that are recognised as some of Australia’s leading research ethics experts. Dates for  2018 courses will soon be available. 


Peppers Craigieburn, NSW 

Bellinzona Grange Country Retreat, Hepburn Springs, VIC




This intensive course is conducted as a five day retreat and is designed to assist researchers, ethics committee members and others involved in the conduct and assessment of research to understand and clarify the issues arising in relation to research of all kinds involving human participants. It provides an opportunity for members of the research and research ethics communities to come together to discuss the issues they face and share their experiences.

The course aims to give registrants an appreciation of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying research involving human participants, an understanding of the issues relating to different research methodologies and research involving special populations and an ability to appreciate trials.

Future dates and venues:

2018 Bowral IREC Retreat

Sunday 6th May – Thursday 10th May, 

Peppers Craigieburn, Centennial Road, Bowral NSW

Additional Details:
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For registration and costs:
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2018 Bellinzona IREC Retreat

Sunday 25th November – Thursday 29th November, 

Bellinzona Grange Country Retreat, Hepburn Springs, VIC

Additional Details:
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If you would like to know more, please complete a “register your interest” form and one of our staff will be in touch; or

Contact PRAXIS staff to talk in person about the course and its relevance to your needs.


HREC Essentials | Nationally Accredited HREC Training

HREC Essentials Training Course | Australia's only accredited training course for Human Research Ethics Committees

PRAXIS offers the Australian human research ethics and research communities the only nationally recognised and accredited, comprehensive training course in Human Research Ethics. The purpose of this course is to provide Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members, HREC administrators and those involved with the planning, conduct and review of research involving humans with a deeper understanding of the purpose and function of an HREC and their role within these committees.

The course provides a rich and unique resource of writings, videos and case studies through which students will develop an expanded appreciation of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying research involving human participants. The course is comprised of ten units of online study, designed and written by leading experts in the field of Human Research Ethics. The course outline is described below:

  • Unit 1  An Introduction to Human  Research Ethics
  • Unit 2  The Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Unit 3  The Values and Principles of Ethical Conduct
  • Unit 4  Social, behavioural and humanities research; specific considerations for HRECs
  • Unit 5  Clinical Research; specific considerations for HRECs
  • Unit 6  Risks and Benefits in Research
  • Unit 7  Consent and alternatives
  • Unit 8  Accounting for ethically significant differences in research populations
  • Unit 9  Specific roles and responsibilities of HREC members and administrators
  • Unit 10 Ethics submissions - Standard considerations and national frameworks

Each unit is comprised of various resources and short activities that allow students to assess their learning as they progress through the units.

In order to attain the VET accredited certification, students are required to participate in a 4 hour workshop on completion of all 10 online units of study. The workshops are facilitated by leading experts in the field of human research ethics and are conducted at various locations nationally. Workshops can also be convened locally (onsite) where applicable. A minimum number of 10 students is required to make this possible. The workshops provide an important opportunity for students to engage with thought leaders and their peers in a supportive learning environment and require students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge in a practical way, via HREC simulation exercises that are tailored to the needs of the workshop participants.

This is a nationally accredited course – which means the qualifications attained are formally recognised across other settings including tertiary academic institutions, providing a pathway to continued educational opportunities. On successful completion of this course students will receive a certification that is endorsed through our partner in VET accredited training, RMIT University.

The anticipated course duration is 3 months, with an average time commitment of 1.5 hours per week.

* Please note: Students are encouraged to complete the course within 6 months from the time of issue of course access. Extensions may be granted under special circumstances but an Administration Fee of 30% of the total charge will be applied after 6 months if an extension has not been negotiated. This Administration Fee will allow access to course materials for an additional 3 months maximum.

2018 workshop locations and dates coming soon.

(note: workshops are included in the price of the course. There is no additional charge for attending.) 

Workshop dates and venues are flexible. This is a guide only. Contact our staff to discuss which workshop date and venue suits you.

This course is currently open for enrolment and you can commmence at any time. If you wish to enrol you can do so very simply by completing our online enrolment form.

To access more information about this course, you can either:

  • Complete a “register your interest” form and one of our staff will be in touch
  • Contact PRAXIS staff to talk in person about the course and its relevance to your needs
  • Course fee and payment information can be found here

Tertiary Learning Pathways

Our academic sector member organisations, two of Australia’s flagship academic institutions, collectively offer a vast array of pathways for students who wish to undertake tertiary study.  

University of Sydney

Sydney School of Public Health


The Sydney Bioethics Program provides a unique educational experience that brings together students, researchers and practitioners from health, the humanities and social sciences. It addresses the urgent need for postgraduate ethics education among researchers and practitioners in health related fields and disciplines such as medicine, nursing, public health, health law, and public policy.

Qualitative Health Research

Qualitative research is increasingly common in health-related fields including medicine, public health, nursing, allied health, dentistry and health policy. Qualitative health research aims to provide a deeper knowledge of how health fits into people’s everyday lives and how health and medical organisations work. It provides evidence to policymakers, clinicians, health promotion professionals and consumers.

Qualitative health researchers observe people as they go about their usual activities, interview people, conduct focus groups and examine documents and images. They systematically analyse the resulting data to gain a better understanding of issues as they arise in the ordinary social world.

Other Postgraduate Coursework programs 

NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

The University of Western  Australia  is introducing a new course in 2016.  The Master of Social Research Methods delivers highly transferable and much sought after social research skills with a ‘hands on’ approach, giving students the skills to find information on pressing social questions. It also provides the skills needed to prepare the and present much needed research findings in ways that have an impact.

The course is designed for either recent graduates from any degree and major who want to pursue a career in social research or for graduates already in the workforce that want to gain further knowledge to advance their career opportunities in the field of social research methods. This is a two-year full time course or five-year (maximum) part time course.  Intake is at the beginning of the year only (February).  

Further details about the course can be found here.


Future Courses

PRAXIS continues to work with a team of expert advisors from across Australia’s Human Research Ethics and Research sectors to guide us on the direction for our next courses and other offerings.  Our aim for 2017 is to build our community of students and expert contributors and to create more opportunites for  the entire research workforce in Australia to exchange ideas and experiences through various online and in-person options. 

In 2016 we launched our flagship competency based training model, Research Essentials. This comprehensive programme provides a unique training experience for Researchers, Research Coordinators and Managers, Governance and Integrity staff and HREC Executives and Members. This programme offers flexible, CPD applicable, modular based training that applies internationally accepted competency frameworks. PRAXIS Australia has partnered with Harvard University MRCT  to bring this competency framework to the Australian research sector.



We are rapidly building upon our menu of services and will contune to do so into the future, ensuring we provide resources that are responsive to the needs of the Human Research Ethics and Research Communities in Australia and internationally.

This includes:

  • Tailored Training - delivered "at your door".
  • HREC Process Evaluation Services - talk to us to find out more about this new and unique service.
  • Online Forums (coming soon) 

We value your input. Please send any questions, suggestions or recommendations for future training and support services to us at info@praxisaustralia.com.au

2018 Workshops



2018 Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Workshops

 ***New dates released

Introduction to GCP and refresher workshops will be held nationally in 2018.

Introduction to GCP - 5.5 hours, 9am - 2.30pm (indacitive times)

TransCelerate endorsed, dynamic and interactive training that gives participants an in-depth understating of GCP and how it relates to everyday research activity. 

Cost: $360 pp plus GST.

GCP Refresher - 1.5 hours, 3pm - 4.30pm (indicative times)

A truncated 'refresher' training session for staff who need to update their qualification.

Cost: $220 pp plus GST

Confirmed dates and venues:

- Perth - 20th April  (Venue TBC)

- Melbourne - 11th May (Venue TBC)

- Sydney - 15th June (Venue TBC)  

Further dates and locations will be released soon 


Note: Workshops can be conducted on demand and on location as required. Talk to us about this service at any time via email at info@praxisaustralia.com.au or in person on 08 8122 4576.

Enrolment is simple. Visit our "Enrol Now" page and follow the prompts.

Places are limited.



Workshop: Privacy in Research - What do you need to know?

Essential knowledge for Researchers, Research Managers and Coordinators, HRECs and Research Governance staff.

     Facilitators: Andrea Calleia or Anna Johnston, Salinger Privacy

Salinger Privacy is a specialist privacy consulting and training firm.  Founding Director Anna Johnston is one of Australia’s most respected experts in privacy law and practice. She is the former Deputy Privacy Commissioner for NSW.  Privacy Learning Manager Andrea Calleia has extensive experience in the learning and development field, managing the education program for the NSW Privacy Commissioner’s Office.  She is consistently rated “5 out of 5” by our training participants and has been described as “excellent and engaging”, “enthusiastic, clear and effective”.

Ethical research requires consideration of “privacy and confidentiality” in research design. Federal, State and Territory privacy law delegates some important decision-making about when the use and disclosure of “personal information” will be legally allowed.

What do these phrases mean? Where does ‘consent’ fit in? When can privacy considerations be overridden? 

This 4 hour workshop is specially designed to explain Federal and local jurisdictional privacy law, and its application to research. This workshop is applicable to anyone involved in research design, conduct, ethical review and governance.

Through small-group discussions, and the use of hypotheticals and case studies, we will cover the following topics:

  •          What is privacy?
  •          What is personal information?
  •          De-identification
  •          The privacy principles
  •          Which law applies when?
  •          Consent and capacity
  •          The research exemption
  •          A step-by-step flowchart guide, using hypotheticals
  •          Resources

2018 Workshop dates and venues: 

Sydney: Friday 16th March 2018, Venue: TBA 

Melbourne: Friday 25th May 2018, Venue: TBA

Brisbane: Friday 24th August 2018, Venue: TBA

Adeliade: Friday 9th November 2018, Venue: TBA

Note: Workshops can be conducted on demand and on location as required. Talk to us about this service at any time via email at info@praxisaustralia.com.au or in person on 08 8122 4576.

Cost: $350 pp  (plus GST). Morning tea and all resources are included.

Enrolment is simple. Visit our "Enrol Now" page and follow the prompts.

Places are limited.


Education Evening 2018 - Join us!

2018 SA Health and Research Education Evening

Please join us for an evening of networking over drinks and canapes and hear from thought leaders in areas relevant to the health and medical research community 

Please contact Coralie at canderson@praxisaustralia.com.au or call 08 81224576 to register your interest or for further information. 

This is a FREE event - Limited places available.

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