Melbourne Health’s Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) are a key resource for advice and support with regard to research integrity and misconduct, and also MH’s processes and procedures related to research integrity.

RIAs are able to provide advise on research integrity and misconduct matters to any member of the MH community.

What is a Research Integrity Advisor (RIA)?

RIAs are persons who are leaders in their field and have extensive research experience.

A RIA is someone in the organisation that you can ask for help if you have questions about research integrity or if you have concerns about the conduct or in collaboration with of research at Melbourne Health.

What does an RIA do?

RIAs promote research integrity and responsible research practices at MH.

RIAs are appointed to provide guidance and advice to staff and students on responsible research practices as outlined in the Code, organisational policies and procedures, and other guidelines and legislation relevant to their disciplines.
MH staff and affiliates who may be unsure about the conduct of research being conducted at MH or in collaboration with MH should consult with an RIA to obtain:

  • advice on responsible research conduct;
  • awareness of the options available to resolve a matter locally; and
  • details of the process for making a formal allegation of research misconduct

RIA’s will keep a log of the number and types of queries they receive and report this to the Research Integrity Officer on a quarterly basis to assist with the development of training and additional support resources.

What does an RIA NOT do?

RIA’s do not undertake any of the following:

  • Act as an advocate for or on behalf of any person;
  • Make contact with 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.

For these types of matters staff or students should consult with their supervisor, another senior staff member, HR Representative or contact the Research Integrity Officer.

In the event the RIA has identified a Conflict of Interest they will refer you to another impartial RIA to assist you.

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:

  • Are in need of confidential advice about an issue that they think may be research misconduct;
  • Are unsure about a research conduct matter;
  • Need information about MH policies and procedures related to research misconduct; or
  • Would like to obtain some independent advice from someone who is not in their Department.

What should I do before meeting with an RIA?

It’s is a good idea to prepare for the discussion:

  • Familiarise yourself with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018.
  • Be able to describe your concern and how it relates to this document.
  • Bring any evidence with you that support your concern.

Note: Meeting with an RIA is not an investigation. The above points may assist the RIA to gain a better understanding of the situation and be able to provide you with more timely and accurate advice.

If you would like to bring a support person with you to meet with the RIA this is permitted but make sure you let the RIA know you are doing this in advance.
Be advised there may be times when the RIA may need to consult with other experts about the best way for you to proceed and this may mean follow up and further meetings to ensure you receive the best advice possible.

Will and RIA tell anyone about our discussion?

Your meeting with an RIA is confidential. However you should be aware that the RIA’s, and all staff at MH, have a responsibility to report certain events including where 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 MH;
  • 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.

Contact a MH RIA

Name

Role

Contact information

Professor Peter Colman

  • Endocrinologist, Dept Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Chair MH Human Research Ethics Committee

Email: Peter.Colman@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 27428

Professor Adam Deane
  • Deputy Director, Intensive Care Unit

Email: Adam.Deane@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 29254
Professor Stephen Davis
  • Professor of Neurosciences

Email: Stephen.Davis@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 24405
Professor Michael Green
  • Consultant Medical Oncologist –Western Health
  • Deputy Chair MH Human Research Ethics Committee

Email: michael.green@mh.org.au

Tel: 0411711644
Associate Professor Louis Irving
  • Director, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
  • Director Lung Tumour Stream PMCC and RMH

Email: Louis.Irving@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 27287

Ms Genevieve Juj

  • Director, Allied Health

Email: Genevieve.Juj@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 27711
Dr Rachel Koldej
  • Senior Scientist, ACRF laboratory

Email: Rachel.Koldej@mh.org.au

Tel: 8559 7264
Professor Kate Leslie
  • Specialist anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management

Email: kate.leslie@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 27540
Professor Sharon Lewin
  • Director, The Peter Doherty Institute
Email: sharon.lewin@unimelb.edu.au
Professor Mark Parsons
  • Head of Neurology

Email: Mark.Parsons@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 28448
Professor Ingrid Winship
  • Clinician, Genetic Medicine

Email: ingrid.winship@mh.org.au

Tel: 934 27151

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