Researchers owe a duty of responsibility to society, their profession, their institution, and where relevant, to external funding agencies, to be fully responsible for their own research conduct as well as for the activities of any staff or students under their direction.
This includes responsibility for:
- the ethical conduct of that research
- the safety of all those involved
- undertaking and promoting training in research conduct
- complying with legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines
- the accurate recording of research data and dissemination of findings
- the proper financial management of research funds.
Alfred Health expects researchers to comply with the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research (2018), which sets out the high-level principles, responsibilities and expectations for conducting research, and Alfred Health's Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research.
Responsible research is encouraged and espoused by Alfred Health's values. Alfred Health supports and fosters a culture of:
- honesty and integrity
- respect for human research participants, animals and the environment
- good stewardship of public resources used to conduct research
- appropriate acknowledgment of the role of others in research
- responsible communication of research results.
The Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) outlines the framework for investigating and managing potential breaches of the Code.
Alfred Health has adopted this framework.