Health and medical research generates evidence-based medical interventions that provide optimal health treatments to deliver high-quality care. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines including clinical research, registries and social research.

Victoria is the premier location for medical research and clinical trials in Australia. We are recognised as an international leader in health and medical research, and a significant proportion of national government medical research funding is awarded to medical research in Victoria.

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

The Department of Health and Human Services Human Research 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.