Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Research at the WCHN

Research at the WCHN

Welcome to the Research section of the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN), Women's and Children's Hospital website. Our world-class researchers are searching to develop new treatments and diagnostic methods for a variety of diseases and better health for our community.

We collaborate with many other research organisations in Australia and overseas to enhance our research efforts. Research is supported by internal and external funding from a variety of sources.

In particular, the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation is a key supporter of research at WCHN.  Established in 1989, the Link iconWCH Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of Directors and incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 1985.

The WCH Foundation is the charity for the benefit of the Women's and Children's Hospital. It works in partnership with the South Australian community to support the Hospital and achieve positive long-term outcomes for women, babies and children. The Foundation's vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of women and children through an ongoing commitment to providing excellence in medical and health care and funding ground-breaking research.

Without research new treatments, cures and interventions will not be possible.

The WCH page link iconResearch Secretariat supports and co-ordinates research committees and provides guidance and advice for researchers regarding submissions and other research issues.

Opportunities for research funding, awards and scholarships can be accessed by clicking WCH page link iconhere.

Relevant codes, policies and standard operating procedures

Research is a key and valued activity of the Women's and Children's Health Network and it is vital that researchers conduct their research in accordance with accepted codes, policies and procedures. 

The WCHN Human Research Ethics and Research Governance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been developed for research ethics and research governance matters. They apply to WCHN researchers, external researchers (including students) who are undertaking research at a WCHN site, WCHN research ethics committee members and other staff involved in the conduct and oversight of health and medical research at WCHN. The SOPS take into account the regulations, legislation, ethical and governance principles and guidelines for the responsible conduct of research.

ALL researchers must familiarise themselves with the below two documents and ensure that the provisions are observed when undertaking research at WCHN.

         PDF iconWCHN Human Research Ethics and Research Governance Standard Operating Procedures (updated 2020) - These SOPs provide detailed processes and procedures for research at WCHN.

         PDF iconAustralian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) - This Code establishes a framework for responsible research conduct that provides a foundation for high-quality research, credibility and community trust in the research endeavour.  

In addition, the following must be adhered to by ALL researchers when undertaking various types of research at WCHN:

– Research involving humans – PDF iconNational Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007 - updated 2018)  

– Research involving animals – PDF iconAustralian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 8th edition (2013)

– Research involving genetically modified organisms – PDF iconNational Framework of Ethical Principles in Gene Technology (2012)


Requests to undertake research projects at WCHN by school students
(including Year 11 and 12) - All such projects are currenlty suspended until further notification

Please note that there are strict guidelines which the WCHN needs to follow regarding research conducted at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and its associated community organisations. Also, for privacy reasons, it will not be possible for you to visit our hospital wards.

Whilst we try to facilitate student projects, WCHN staff can only be involved if the interviews / questions / surveys fulfil the below criteria:

  1. The project does not involve contact with WCHN patients/clients/consumers/families or coming on site.
  2. The project does not seek participants' normative views (ethical/value judgements/personal opinion).
  3. The project does not pertain to a sensitive topic/area (e.g. end of life decision making, pregnancy termination etc).
  4. The project does not investigate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) persons or issues of particular relevance to ATSI people.

On the proviso that your research project meets criteria 1-4 as above, and you wish to access WCHN staff, you will need to:

Obtain departmental approval to interview staff or to provide them with questionnaires. This approval should be sought from the relevant Department/Unit Head prior to undertaking your project at the WCHN. This can be via email with the title of the project clearly listed in the subject heading and the e-mail should include details about what the project is, what staff involvement entails, and what you will do with the information.

If Department/Unit Heads or students need clarification about the above criteria, please contact Dr Tamara Zutlevics, Chair WCHN Human Research Ethics Committee, via e-mail: tamara.zutlevics@sa.gov.au


Promoting research opportunities

If you would like to promote a research opportunity at the Women's and Children’s Hospital or Women's and Children's Health Network, please refer to the following factsheet:

PDF iconFactsheet – Promoting Research Opportunities at WCHN  (539kb)

There are also poster templates available:

Word iconA4 poster template – with image  (90kb)

Word iconA4 poster template – no image  (84kb)

For more information, please contact WCH page link iconCorporate Communications on (08) 8161 8313 or (08) 8161 1764 to speak to a Communication Adviser.


last modified: 11 Sep 2020