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Ethical Considerations in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Activities

Uploaded 10 Jan 2019

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recognises the important contributions that quality assurance (QA) and evaluation activities make to better outcomes, and more efficient and effective work processes. However, there can be uncertainty about what level of oversight QA and evaluation activities require and there can be confusion about whether an activity is research or evaluation or QA. This can be because QA and evaluation activities may include the use of methods or approaches also used in research such as surveys and observation.This advice is designed to assist organisations in deciding the appropriate level of oversight for QA and evaluation. Organisations should consider this guidance when developing policies/advice on QA activities, particularly as related to the triggers for ethical review listed below.

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ANNOUNCEMENT ON NHMRC’S GRANT PROGRAM

Uploaded 26 Dec 2018

NHMRC is moving forward with changes to its grant program to ensure it continues to support the best Australian health and medical research and researchers. A restructured grant program will be implemented in late 2018 – early 2019, for peer review during 2019 and funding in 2020.

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ICRAC Podcast #6: Interviews on Social Responsibility in Robotics and AI

Uploaded 26 Dec 2018

In this episode we discuss the social responsibility of robotics manufactures with Ryan Gariepy (seated), CTO of Canadian company Clearpath Robotics and in the Artificial Intelligence community, with Stuart Russell (in the tyre), Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Berkeley University, California. Clearpath Robotics recently took the bold step of become the first robotics company with defense contracts to come forward and support a ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems. Ryan tells us why. Stuart points out that there had been little interest within the AI community to accept social responsibility for its creations – but that is changing.

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Gross Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD). Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia 2015-16

Uploaded 26 Dec 2018

This page presents statistics surrounding the Gross Expenditure on Research and Development for Australia in 2015-16. Gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) represents the total expenditure devoted to R&D by the Business, Government, Higher Education and Private Non-Profit sectors. 

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National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated 2018

Uploaded 26 Dec 2018

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (National Statement (2007) consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. 

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National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Uploaded 26 Dec 2018

The relationship between researchers and research participants is the ground on which human research is conducted. This National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (‘National Statement’) is intended for use by: any researcher conducting research with human participants; any member of an ethical review body reviewing that research; those involved in research governance; and potential research participants. 

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (National Statement (2007) consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. 

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Seven Steps to the Perfect PICO Search

Uploaded 26 Dec 2018

PICO is a format for developing a good clinical research question prior to starting one’s research. This resource provides a link to a step-by-step guide to formulating an optimal PICO search by a free white paper, Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Seven Steps to the Perfect PICO Search.

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‘Place-hacker’ prosecution ‘attack on intellectual freedom’ (Website)

Uploaded 04 Oct 2017

This resource is to complement your learning, and introduce you to other perspectives on the topics under discussion.

Oxford academic at centre of case says ‘clearly punitive investigation’ undermined ethnographic research

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The Unnatural Relations between Artistic Research and Ethics Committees: An Artist’s Perspective

Uploaded 04 Oct 2017

This resource is to complement your learning, and introduce you to other perspectives on the topics under discussion.

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Online research: the dangers (Website)

Uploaded 04 Oct 2017

This resource is to complement your learning, and introduce you to other perspectives on the topics under discussion.