Western Sydney Local Health District

Advisors of Research Integrity

In accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, the Western Sydney Local Health District has appointed five advisors in research integrity. All are people with extensive research experience, wisdom, analytical skills and empathy, who have an understanding of the WSLHD policy and management structure and are familiar with accepted practices in research.

The advisors are able to advise a staff member who is unsure about a research conduct issue and who may be considering whether to make an allegation of research misconduct. They are able to explain the options open to a person considering, making or having made an allegation. These options include:

  • Referring the matter directly to the person against whom the allegation is being made;
  • Not proceeding or withdrawing the allegation if discussion resolves the concerns;
  • Referring the allegation to a person in a supervisory capacity for resolution at the local or departmental level;
  • Making an allegation of research misconduct in writing to Director of Clinical Governance.

The advisors' role does not extend to formal investigation or assessment of an allegation of research misconduct, nor are they permitted to make contact with a person who is the subject of the allegation.

The advisors in research misconduct are:

Associate Professor Rosemary Balleine, Clinical Director, Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, Pathology West, Westmead Hospital
P: 8890 5601 | E:

Professor Jeremy Chapman OAM, Director, Division of Medicine and Cancer, Westmead Hospital
P: 8890 6349 : E:

Associate Professor Grahame Elder, Dept. of Renal Medicine, Westmead & Auburn Hospital
P: 8890 6962 : E:

Professor Mark McLean, Professor of Medicine, Western Sydney University - Blacktown Clinical School, Blacktown Hospital
P: 9851 6143 : E:

Dr. Howard Smith, Department of Endocrinology, Westmead Hospital
P: 8890 6796 | E:

Those seeking advice are welcome to contact any of these people and are not restricted to speaking with an advisor from their own institution.

The WSLHD policy Research Misconduct and an accompanying procedure Managing Allegations of Research Misconduct can be found on the WSLHD intranet, and are applicable to all research carried out in and on WSLHD facilities.