Research Integrity Advisors2020-05-15T16:18:28+10:00

Integrity Advisors

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital’s Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) provide advice to researchers and support RBWH’s research integrity procedures.

What is a Research Integrity Advisor (RIA)?

RIAs are persons who have research experience and a knowledge of the expected standards of research and how they are expected to be applied. They are researchers from all levels of the research continuum whom you can ask for help if you have questions about research integrity or about the conduct of research at RBWH. Metro North will also have RIAs at other facilities.

What does an RIA do?

RIAs provide guidance and advice on responsible research practices as outlined in the Code, and in organisational policies and procedures. They can be consulted to obtain advice about:

  • responsible research conduct;
  • the options available to resolve a research integrity matter; and
  • details of the process for making a formal allegation or complaint in relation to research conduct

What does an RIA NOT do?

RIA’s will not:

  • Act as an advocate for or on behalf of any person;
  • Contact the person who is the subject of your concern;
  • Investigate or manage any formal concerns pertaining to or allegations of research misconduct;
  • Provide advice if it is a matter where they perceive they have a conflict of interest; and/or
  • Manage issues of sexual harassment or bullying. (These should be raised initially through the Line Manager.)

When should I speak with an RIA?

Any person including researchers, staff, students, members of the external community, may speak with an RIA if they need confidential advice about:

  • the conduct of research;
  • research integrity matters that they think may be research misconduct; or
  • policies or procedures related to research misconduct.

Staff can contact any RIA listed below, even those outside their Department

Is the meeting with an RIA confidential?

Yes. However, RIA’s must report certain events if they involve:

  • risks to the health, safety or welfare of a person, including but not limited to bulling, harassment or vilification;
  • risks the security or reputation of RBWH;
  • has the potential to interfere with evidence that might relate to the allegations; or
  • demonstrates other circumstances considered to be serious enough to warrant immediate action.

At all times, if this does happen, provisions will be put in place to protect your privacy and confidentiality if allowed under legislation, for example the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (Qld)[1] .

[1] Under this Act identifying information about a person making a disclosure, the person/s alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing and details of the disclosure are all confidential.  It is an offence to reveal confidential information except in certain circumstances.

How can I contact an RIA?

Name Role Contact information
Prof Fiona Coyer
  • Professor of Nursing
  • Intensive Care Services (ICS), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 2140

Prof Theresa Green
  • Prof of Rehabilitation Nursing Research
  • Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Queensland

P: 3366 6788

Prof Jeff Lipman
  • Professor and Head,  Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Queensland.
  • Research Ambassador, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 8897

A/Prof Victoria Eley
  • Staff Specialist, Anaesthesia, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 8111

A/ Prof Adrienne Young
  • Principal Research Fellow, Allied Health Professions
  • Research Co-ordinator, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 2531

A/ Prof Philip Robinson
  • Associate professor or Rheumatology, University of Queensland
  • Staff Specialist Rheumatologist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3176 2111

Dr Susan De Jersey
  • Clinician Research Fellow | Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Senior Dietitian | Dept of Nutrition and Dietetics | Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 0544

Dr Jaimi Greenslade
  • Principal Research Fellow, Department of Emergency Services, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 6262

Dr Nicole Marsh
  • Nursing and Midwifery Director, Research,  Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Griffith University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology

P: 3646 8590

Dr Gordon McGurk
  • Chairperson, Human Research Ethics Committee, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 07 3346 0331

Dr Helen MacLaughlin
  • Advanced Clinician Researcher | Dept of Nutrition and Dietetics | Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 0544

Dr Gladness Nethathe
  • Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

P: 3646 7154


Contact us

Ethics & Research Governance Location: Lower Ground Floor Dr James Mayne Building Open: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Ethics Phone: (07) 3646 5490 Email:

Research Governance Phone: (07) 3646 2377 or 3646 4301 Email:

General enquiries Email: RBWH_Research_ESO