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Updates during COVID-19 pandemic

Last updated 4 May 2020

Updated on 4 May 2020

Revised and updated Eye and Ear Hospital Guidelines for Research-Related Activity during COVID-19 Pandemic 4 May 2020 released.

Updated on 23 April 2020

Added information about GCP training

Updated on 30 March 2020

Added new Eye and Ear Hospital Guidelines for Research-Related Activity during COVID-19 Pandemic 31 March 2020 released.

23 March 2020

Started webpage

We recognise that this is a challenging time for all our stakeholders and we thank all health professionals for their work and wish them all the very best.

The priority at this time is for the health and safety of patients, research participants, staff and the community.

The Research Office will be maintaining our services and prioritise the work that needs to be done urgently.  We will be prioritising specific projects, for example clinical trials.  We also recognise that staff may be delayed in response time or be unresponsive.  Please let us know if you are not available and we will hold non-urgent communication.

Regular updates from the Research Office will be on this page.


Eye and Eye Hospital guidance


The second version of the Guidelines were released on 4 May 2020.  The key changes are:

1. Recruitment and procedures for Tier 2 and Tier 3 projects can continue if remote consent (such as eConsent) and telehealth procedures are feasible and approved 

2. New applications for clinical trials and clinical research can be submitted for review (Eye and Ear HREC and Research Governance Authorisation).  Applications should be prepared and submitted as per the instructions on the Research website.

3. Other minor changes and updates have been made - refer to track change version of the Guidelines for the details of the changes.



Eye and Ear Hospital Guidelines for Research-Related Activity during COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF; 4 May 2020)


Contingency Plan template (Word version of Appendix 3 of the Eye and Ear Guidelines; 4 May 2020)


Additional guidance documents

National guidance from the Australian Clinical Trial Project Reference Group (CTPRG)


Combined industry guidance from the Research & Development Taskforce (RDTF)


National Health and Medical Research Council

NHMRC updates regarding COVID-19 impacts


Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

Information from Coordinating Office regarding research


Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists

Triage guidelines for face-to-face visits and telehealth consultations



Up to date information - 4 May 2020

Research Office services 

Human Research Ethics Committee

Coordinating Office (assistance with ERM)

Infonetica (assistance with ERM)

Good Clinical Practice training 

Low Risk Research and Quality Assurance applications

Authorised Prescriber applications

Early Research Career Support Grants

Research Day

Research Office services as at 4 May 2020

The Research Office is functioning as usual 5 days a week.  We are working remotely and available on our usual phone numbers and email  (we receive voicemails on our email).  We will not be in our offices so please communicate via email and phone.


Human Research Ethics Committee as at 4 May 2020

The HREC is operating as usual with remote meetings.


Coordinating Office (assistance with ERM)

The Coordinating Office for Clinical Trial Research remains available to assist you with ethics and governance enquiries, and ERM guidance.

Researcher enquiries: 03 9096 7394
Research office information: 03 9096 7398
Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, while there may be restrictions to usual work environments. 

Infonetica (assistance with ERM)

For ERM assistance, Infonetica Helpdesk are operating business as usual.

Phone: 02 9037 8404
Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday


Good Clinical Practice training

Good Clinical Practice face to face sessions will not be run during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please refer to the Education and training for researchers webpage for alternatives. 


Low Risk Research

Low Risk Research applications are being reviewed as usual. 

No change to procedures.


Authorised Prescriber applications

Authorised prescriber applications are being reviewed as usual.

No changes to procedures.


Eye and Ear Early Research Career Support Grants

The current round of Early Research Career Support Grants will be cancelled and postponed to at least January 2021


Eye and Ear Research Day scheduled for September 2020

Eye and Ear Research Day 2020 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to September 2021.


For any other queries, please contact the Research Office.