IMPORTANT
Researchers, including students, who wish to undertake research involving animal subjects, must obtain approval from the relevant committee before commencing the experiments.

 

Mutual Agreement Deed

Flinders has in place a “Deed for Reciprocal Access to Animal Ethics Committees” with most South Australian Animal Ethics Committees. This means that where teaching, research or experimentation will be undertaken by a collaboration of staff from multiple institutions, in most instances only a single Animal Ethics Committee approval is required for the activity.

Approval must be obtained from the Animal Ethics Committee established by the institution that is responsible for the premises in which the animals will be held. However, if the animals will not be held captive, approval must be obtained from the Animal Ethics Committee established by the institution which employs or engages the primary applicant on an Animal Ethics approval application.


New Applications – College of Medicine and Public Health

IMPORTANT
As all application forms are periodically updated, you must re-download forms from the relevant website each time you submit a new application to ensure you are using the correct version.

All new applications for Animal Ethics Approval must be submitted through one of the Flinders University Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) sub-committees. 

Researchers with projects aligned to the College of Medicine and Public Health, and for any work undertaken using animals in the College of Medicine and Public Health Animal Facility, should apply to the Animal Ethics Review Sub-Committee (AERSC).  

If this is your first time completing one of these application forms, it is suggested that you complete Animal Ethics Online Training first.

  1. Complete the Flinders University Biomedical Animal Ethics Application Form, which can be downloaded from the Application Forms, Cover Sheet and Templates page.
  2. All projects from the College of Medicine and Public Health must download and complete the Clinical Record Sheet template (where appropriate), available from the Application Forms, Cover Sheet and Templates page. The Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) is available for consultation regarding personalisation of the template to each project.
  3. Submit a signed electronic version of your application as a single PDF file to the Animal Ethics Review Sub-Committee , which includes the following documentation, prior to the submission deadline:
    • Completed application form, including any required supporting documentation.

Please note that the AERSC does not accept applications submitted in hardcopy.


New Applications – College of Science and Engineering

IMPORTANT
As all application forms are periodically updated, you must re-download forms from the relevant website each time you submit a new application to ensure you are using the correct version.

All new applications for Animal Ethics Approval must be submitted through one of the Flinders University Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) sub-committees.

Researchers with projects aligned to the College of Science and Engineering, using captive AND/OR non-captive wildlife, should apply to the Animal Welfare Sub-Committee (AWS-C).

If this is your first time completing one of these application forms, it is suggested that you complete Animal Ethics Online Training first.

  1. Complete the Flinders University Biology Animal Ethics Application Form, which can be downloaded from the Application Forms, Cover Sheet and Templates page.
  2. All projects from the College of Science and Engineering must download and complete the Clinical Record Sheet template (where appropriate), available from the Application Forms, Cover Sheet and Templates page. The Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) is available for consultation regarding personalisation of the template to each project.
  3. Submit a signed electronic version of your application as a single PDF file to the Animal Welfare Sub-Committee, which includes the following documentation, prior to the submission deadline:
    • Completed application form, including any required supporting documentation.
    Please note that the AWS-C does not accept applications submitted in hardcopy.

Applications requiring resubmission

IMPORTANT
As all application forms are periodically updated, you must re-download forms from the relevant website each time you submit a new application to ensure you are using the correct version.

In some cases, an application may receive a Deferral or Not Approved notice by the AWC. If your project has received Deferral/Not-Approved, you must revise your application as per your deferral notice and resubmit the revised application as a single PDF file.

  1. Revise the Animal Ethics Application Form you initially submitted for ethics approval, to include updated signature pages, as per your deferral notice.
  2. Submit a revised signed electronic version of your application as a single PDF file directly to the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), prior to the submission deadline. Please note that the AWC does not accept applications submitted in hardcopy.

Pending Approved Applications

In some cases, the AWC may give an application Pending Approval, subject to specified changes being made to the application before the project commences. If your project has received Pending Approval from the AWC you must submit your revised application as a single PDF file.

Revise the Animal Ethics Application Form you initially submitted for ethics approval as per your Pending Approval notice. This must include updated signature pages.  You MUST use the 'track changes' function in your word processor when revising the form, (or similar highlighting processes), in order to identify changes made to the application since it was last reviewed.

Provide a document addressing each individual approval point.

Submit a signed electronic version of your application as a single PDF file directly to the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), together with the following documentation, prior to the submission deadline:

  • Completed application form, including any required supporting documentation; and
  • A document addressing each individual conditional approval point.

Please note that the AWC does not accept applications submitted in hardcopy


Applications Approved with Conditions

In some cases, the AWC may approve a project that may commence immediately under the provision that certain conditions are met in a timely fashion, as stated in the approval notice. These conditions vary from case to case and must be met according to the individual deadlines as per the approval notice and / or advice from the Animal Ethics Officer.


Internal deadlines for ethics applications


Statistical Advice

Various statisticians are available for consultation.

 

For staff and students in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, and Nursing and Health Sciences:

The Flinders Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (FCEB) may be able to help you in your study design and data analysis. Biostatistical consulting and collaboration is available to all staff within the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, and Nursing and Health Sciences.

Advice is free for short consulting sessions. If extended consulting or other considerable input is required then the FCEB staff should be regarded as collaborators and not as free-advice consultants.

For more details, please check out the FCEB webpage.

For Advanced Studies students (MD students):

Statistical support can be obtained by contacting Mrs Minh Nguyen via (08) 72218540 or mnguyen@flinders.edu.au

 

For staff and students in the College of Sciences and Engineering:

A/Prof Duncan Mackay has generously volunteered his time to offer statistical advice. 

Researchers must first attempt statistical work with their supervisors before arranging an appointment with A/Prof Mackay.

A/Prof Mackay can be contacted via (08) 8201 2627 or duncan.mackay@flinders.edu.au 

 

For staff and RHD students outside of the above areas (and in special cases Honours students - Guidelines for Statistical Consultancy with Mr Pawel Skuza (PDF 142KB) :

Statistical support can be obtained by contacting Mr Pawel Skuza via (08) 82013346 or pawel.skuza@flinders.edu.au 

Researchers must first attempt statistical work with supervisors or colleagues before arranging an appointment with Mr Skuza.

Please be aware that an appointment is necessary due to the continuing demands for consulting time, and depending on the number of pending requests, you may have to be placed on a waiting list.

 


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