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SVHA Research

Our research commitment 

St Vincent’s Health Australia is committed to driving healthcare transformation through our life-changing research.

St Vincent’s understand the role that medical research plays in improving health outcomes. Our researchers and clinicians work together to bring about advances in medical care that are directly applicable to clinical practice.

We partner with some of the country’s leading medical research institutes including the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and ACMD.

Our research partners also include Australian Catholic University, the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Notre Dame.

Research at our Hospitals

St Vincent's Melbourne

St Vincent's Melbourne is a major teaching, research and tertiary referral centre providing acute or chronic medical and surgical services, as well as clinical training.  By participating in world-class research, we deliver hope to our patients and community and help determine the future of health care locally and globally. 

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St Vincent's Sydney 

The St Vincent's Sydney research campus, including Garvan Institute of Medical Research,  Kinghorn Cancer Centre (a joint venture between St Vincent's and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research), Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, The Kirby Institute, Nursing Research Institute, the St Vincent's Centre for Applied Medical Research and have pioneered insights into some of the most widespread diseases affecting our community today. 

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View the 2023 Research Report

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SVHA Research

SVHA Research is responsible for overseeing the national approach to research across St Vincent’s. Our mission is to build a St Vincent’s research community that drives excellence in care and champions our organisation’s mission and values. 

Led by the SVHA Group Chief Research Officer, SVHA Research aims to:

  • Facilitate research governance, organisational policy, and process development

  • Connect with researchers, clinicians and leaders spanning all SVHA divisions and institutes 

  • Share knowledge about the research activities and resources available across SVHA

  • Facilitate opportunities for engagement and collaboration, both within and outside of SVHA

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Our Life-Changing Research Strategy

‘Our Life-Changing Research Strategy’ is our organisation-wide Research Strategy that builds on our strong commitment to health and medical research. The strategy frames St Vincent’s as a research-rich organisation and promotes our goal to be a globally recognised leader in generating and implementing evidence into clinical practice. 

View Our Life-Changing Research Strategy

Annual Research Report

The SVHA Annual Research Report highlights the yearly research activities across St Vincent’s, and consolidates these research activities into a single national document. SVHA Research is pleased to present the inaugural web-based 2022 Research Report. 

View the 2021 Report

Research Policies

SVHA Research Policy

As a Catholic organisation, SVHA is also committed to the ethical framework for Mary Aikenhead Ministries with respect to the sanctity of human embryos and will not undertake research on human embryo-derived stem cells. 

This policy provides guidance on research practices across St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) and affiliated institutes. The policy provides a framework for health and medical research governance across SVHA facilities and affiliated institutions that collaborate with SVHA.

> View the SVHA Research Policy 

SVHA Monitoring Human Research Policy

This policy provides guidance for monitoring human research projects across St Vincent’s Health Australia facilities. It also provides guidance for groups for whom SVHA affiliated Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) provide research governance and services.

> View the Monitoring Human Research Policy

SVHA Research Exceptional Participant Experience Policy

This policy outlines St Vincent’s commitment to creating the exceptional participant experience, where improving patient is the purpose of all research and participants are critical partners in their research journeys.  

> View the SVHA Research Exceptional Participant Experience Policy

Research partners

Australian Catholic University

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Kirby Institute

St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research

St Vincent's Centre for Applied Medical Research

University of Melbourne

University of New South Wales

University of Notre Dame

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Acknowledgment of the Traditional Custodians of this land

St Vincent’s Health Australia recognises the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which its many sites are located. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present and welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our places of care.

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