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Health and medical research

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Health and medical research is important to advance medical and scientific knowledge and improve patient care. 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.

Health and medical research encompasses a wide range of disciplines including clinical research, registries and social research. For information on interventional clinical trials, go to the Clinical trial research website.

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

The Victorian Government’s streamlining of ethical review initiative aims to ensure Victorians can benefit by:

  • Providing a faster, more efficient process to conduct health and medical research at multiple sites
  • Providing cost-effective healthcare through health and medical research that generates evidence on the most effective treatment for patients
  • Speeding up therapeutic product development aimed at world markets
  • Improving delivery of new treatments to patients early in the development of innovative approaches, medicines and medical devices.

Health and medical research strategy

The Victorian Government is developing a strategy for health and medical research in Victoria which will identify our priorities, promote innovation, and prepare our State for the economic and healthcare opportunities on offer both nationally and internationally.

Read more about the Victorian health and medical research strategy discussion paper.

For information on interventional clinical trials refer to the clinical trial research website.