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Research integrity

Research integrity describes a set of principles for the responsible and ethical conduct of research and ensures research is trustworthy.

Upholding standards of integrity ensures that research is credible and reliable for our community. We undertake research using sound research methodologies, we present research outcomes honestly and accurately and our researchers act with integrity and courtesy.

Cancer Council is committed to the highest standard of integrity in research. We are guided by sound policies and protocols to facilitate the integrity of our research. We support and comply with the Principles of Responsible Research Conduct described in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 (the Code) and expect our researchers and collaborators to do so too.

Principles of research integrity

Our research principles are guided by the Code:

  1. Honesty in the development, undertaking and reporting of research.
  2. Rigour in the development, undertaking and reporting of research.
  3. Transparency in declaring interests and reporting research methodology, data and findings.
  4. Fairness in the treatment of others.
  5. Respect for research participants, the wider community, animals and the environment.
  6. Recognition of the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be engaged in research that affects or is of particular significance to them.
  7. Accountability for the development, undertaking and reporting of research.
  8. Promotion of responsible research practices.

Policy and protocol

Research Integrity related policies and protocols apply to any person or organisation conducting research under the auspices of Cancer Council, including staff members, honorary and visiting appointments and contractors.

Cancer Council staff can access all policies and protocols via the intranet.

Advice & support

If you’d like to discuss a research concern please contact our Research Integrity Office or one of our Research Integrity Advisors.

Research Integrity Office (RIO)

Chrysalis Clinical is an independent company appointed by Cancer Council to manage research integrity matters on our behalf.

Chrysalis contact details:
Phone: 1300 287 173
Email: cancervic@chrysalisadvisory.com.au

Research Integrity Advisors (RIA)

Cancer Council appoints a number of Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs) across our research divisions. They are available to provide advice on matters of research integrity.

Julie Basset

Senior Statistician

Julie.Bassett@cancervic.org.au

Julie is a biostatistician who oversees the work of the Cancer Epidemiology Division’s Statistical Analysis Team. Her work focuses mainly on investigating the influence of diet and other lifestyle factors on cancer risk in the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study and in studies from the Rare or Under-Researched Cancers Program. She is a co-author on several peer reviewed epidemiological publications and has co-supervised Masters’ students undertaking research projects in the Cancer Epidemiology Division.

Kris Ivanova

Medical Coder

Kris.Ivanova@cancervic.org.au

As Head of Quality Assurance and Innovation at the Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR), Kris is responsible for ensuring the VCR captures high quality data and expands its datasets to improve the quality of information collected. This includes training and auditing practice and ensuring the registry is operating according to international standards and guidelines.

Questions or complaints

If you have a question about research conduct at Cancer Council, or would like to submit a complaint, contact the Research Integrity Office at 1300 287 173 or cancervic@chrysalisadvisory.com.au.