The Department of Health & Human Services is committed to a health system that delivers best value health outcomes and quality for Victorians. Research is important to advance knowledge and improve patient care thus contributing to better health outcomes. Research can generate medical interventions which are evidence based and provide optimal health treatment to deliver high-quality care.

Investigator-initiated and collaborative group research, as well as the Victorian biomedical research community and industry, are critical in taking forward high-quality health and medical research.

Translation of this research into clinical treatments means that Victorians can receive the most innovative care and treatments available.

Research involves, amongst other things, evaluation of a new practice or an existing practice that is not a service.

Department of Health & Human Services Human Research Ethics Committee (DHHS HREC)

The ethics committee accepts submissions for ethical review where the research originates from within the department (conducted by departmental staff) or is commissioned by the department and conducted by others.