Registry Governance

PROJECT GOVERNANCE


The VLCR is housed in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. The operational team are part of the Cancer Research Program headed by Professor John Zalcberg. Clinical oversight and registry support is provided to the operational team and by a Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee oversees corporate and clinical governance and promote activities within the registry.  The committee meets at least twice a year, and is responsible for maintaining the overall project. The committee provides oversight of the registry’s activities including ensuring that the quality of data is monitored and that policies are established to address issues of clinical interest or significance that may arise, including those relating to quality of care. The Committee comprises project investigators, senior clinicians, senior registry and staff from DEPM and a consumer and industry representatives.

ETHICS


The VLCR is also a registered project with the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC). The ethical aspects of the VLCR have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees of Monash Health, Epworth HealthCare, and Alfred Health which is our lead HREC participating in the National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) Scheme. This project will be carried out in accordance to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – Updated 2018.

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about being a research participant in general, contact:

  • Ms Deborah Dell, Manager, Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee on 03 9594 4611
  • Mr Kyle Heffernan, Epworth HealthCare Human Research Ethics Committee on 03 9426 9906 or email hrec@epworth.org.au
  • Ms Kordula Dunscombe, Alfred Health HREC on 03 9076 2935
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DATA SECURITY


The VLCR database is hosted by Monash University. Monash Registry database security is maintained using encryption of data, a managed and audited protocol for access, training and accreditation of personnel, role-based access and authentication of data. Monash Registry databased are housed and managed in an ISO 27001 certified environment. The ISO 24001 certification incorporates the Privacy Act (1988) and Health Records Act (2001) within its Applicability Statement.

POLICY DOCUMENTS


The VLCR has a Data Access and Publication Policy and Guidelines.
If you require further information or would you like submit an data access form to the VLCR, please contact the VLCR Coordinator.