The Metro North Office of Research provides strategic oversight and direction for research in Metro North Hospital and Health Service through operational implementation of the Metro North Research Strategy. The Metro North Office of Research works collaboratively with the Metro North Executive and leadership team, Research Directors, Administrators and Managers across the Health Service, external academic partners and with researchers to support and enable research excellence.
The QIMR Statistics Unit conducts collaborative research and provides a statistical consultancy service to all researchers from Metro North Hospital and Health Service employees. They can provide assistance with a range of services such as power and sample size calculation, presentation and interpretation of data and data analysis. Consultation with a statistician is particularly helpful at the beginning of your research project, however are available at any stage.
The Public Health Act 2005 (PHA) establishes the process for assessing health information held by Queensland Health for approved research projects. Obtaining approval to access confidential information under the PHA will require signatures from the relevant data custodians prior to submission of a PHA application. The Queensland Department of Health maintains a list of data custodians.
Hospital and services
As a part of conducting your research, you will be required to obtain the support of both the affiliated Heads of Department and also the Heads of any Supporting Departments involved in the conduct of your research.
Heads of Supporting Departments includes those departments not directly conducting the research but whom may be involved in conducting tests, for example an oncology study requiring pharmacy to dispense a study drug will require evidence of support from the Head of Cancer Care, as well as the Head of Pharmacy.
Please refer to the Research Group page or the Hospital & services page for the departmental facility contact that would be associated/collaborating with your research project.
If you are unable to find the service your research project is involved in, your research Site Contact should be able to assist in obtaining these contact details.
University Research Contract Offices
Engaging in collaborative research activity with a University will require some form of agreement between Metro North Hospital and Health Service and the University. You are requested to liaise with the relevant University Research Contract Office early in your research ethics and governance submission to determine any legal arrangements that may be required. A list of University Research Contract Offices is provided below.