Research With Us

Research Governance

HammondCare is supportive of research that aligns with our Mission and priorities, and helps us provide better care.

Each year we receive numerous requests for access to our facilities, residents, clients, families and staff. We are interested in hearing from you, but please be mindful of the following when you get in touch.

HammondCare has a robust Research Governance process that needs to be followed by both internal and external researchers and research teams. For more information and to start this process if you have a project or grant application, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Requests made to the Research Governance Office need to be succinct; clearly outlining the purpose of the research, the methodology, the nature of the involvement of HammondCare residents, clients or staff, and any costs involved, whether cash or in-kind
  • HammondCare does not generally provide grants for research
  • Most research needs to have valid approval from a recognised Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for the duration of the research. If you do not yet have ethics approval, please tell us where and when you will apply or why the research does not require it
  • Your request may be subject to a Site-specific Approval (SSA) by HammondCare through our Research Governance office
  • All research personnel accessing any HammondCare site must meet certain criteria, including providing a valid Criminal Record Check clearance prior to the commencement of the research

Research Governance Process

Submit an initial, high-level overview of a project or request for HammondCare involvement in a grant submission by completing either the Research Idea Endorsement Form or the Request for Grant Involvement Form.

Once an idea is endorsed, you will be asked to submit a more comprehensive outline of the project or grant submission proposal. Information requested at this stage may include project budget, funding model, how the proposal aligns with the HammondCare Mission, and its impact on HammondCare clients, residents and staff.

The Proposal is reviewed by relevant internal stakeholders including General Managers and Finance, and then reviewed by the Research Governance Committee at their next meeting.

The Committee meets every two months and approves projects to proceed once they are satisfied it fits with HammondCare’s Mission, and that HammondCare has the capacity and capability to host the research institutionally.

Once the Research Governance Committee has approved the research, and you have obtained and submitted all relevant ethics approvals, and attended to any site-specific governance requirements, you will receive final governance approval. You may be asked to submit further information related to Research Governance before your approval letter is issued by the Committee.

When your research is in progress or complete

Project in Progress

When the research is underway, it’s important to keep the HammondCare RGO informed of the progress and any changes to the project as they arise. Researchers are required to ensure all documentation and ethics amendments approvals and safety reporting documents are submitted to the RGO to ensure the project continues to meet local, national, and international requirements for research.

Project Completion Report

When the research concludes, researchers are required to submit a Completion Report to the RGO, which addresses final plans for translating research outcomes into practice. Additionally, they need to upload the Final Report submitted to their respective Ethics Committee.

Research Governance Committee Meetings

The HammondCare Research Governance Committee meets once every two months in January, March, May, July, September, November. Please contact our Research Governance Office for information on specific meeting dates at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Governance Review of Sponsored Clinical Trials

HammondCare hosts sponsored clinical trials on its sites. There is a fee schedule in place that covers Research Governance Review fees for sponsored clinical trials. Please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the fee schedule that will need to be agreed and embedded into study agreements.