Research at Epworth

Epworth HealthCare has made significant contributions to medical research in areas strongly linked to clinical care for over 90 years and continues to innovate and expand its research network. Epworth is committed to fostering research that will improve healthcare and enable Epworth’s patients to access novel treatments.


Epworth Healthcare continues to drive excellence in clinical research programs by promoting and supporting investigator-initiated and commercially-sponsored research, strengthening existing research collaborations and further developing national and international industry associations and government relations.

Epworth HealthCar​e research network includes:

  • 11 Clinical Institutes, each chaired by a leading specialist

  • Victor Smorgon Epworth Education and Research Institute

  • Partnerships with major Australian universities including The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University and LaTrobe University

  • Collaborations with other not-for-profit private hospitals across Australia

  • Affiliation with the renowned US teaching hospital, Cleveland Clinic

  • The following Epworth Research Centres:

      • Epworth Research Institute (ERI)

      • The Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth

      • Epworth Radiation Oncology Research Centre (ERORC)

      • OrthoSport Victoria Research Centre

      • Epworth Musculoskeletal Research Centre

      • Epworth Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

      • Epworth Dermatology

Contact the Research Development Unit


Health and Medical Research is an important part of Epworth HealthCare’s commitment to excellent clinical services. The Research Development Unit is here to assist researchers both internal and external to navigate through the resource and regulatory requirements at our hospitals and facilities.


If you are intending to undertake research at Epworth please contact the Research Development Unit via Adjunct Professor Nikolajs Zeps to discuss taking your project forward.​

Director of Research and Development


(03)9516 2835



What's N​ews?


Phase 1 trial review

A new process for the review of phase 1 studies is now in place. All phase 1 studies must to be submitted for pre-review by a dedicated phase 1 advisory group prior to being considered by the Epworth HREC.

For further information please visit the Human Research Ethics Committee page.


June HREC meeting

Please be aware that there will be limit to the number of new submissions accepted for the June HREC meeting due to regulatory commitments being undertaken by Epworth HREC. If you plan to submit a new study for ethical review in June please contact us as early as possible to discuss. 

Low risk ethics applications will not be affected.

Epworth research week, Monday 5 to Friday 9 June 2017

The program for Epworth research week 2017 has now been finalised, to view details on the exciting events scheduled for Epworth research week 2017 visit the research events page. 


Accredited ICH-GCP training

Epworth HealthCare employees, honorary research affiliates and VMOs undertaking research at/for Epworth have the opportunity to attend a free TransCelerate accredited ICH-GCP training course being run through Monash Partners.

GCP certification at least every 3 years will soon become a mandatory requirement for all investigators and support staff conducting interventional studies at Epworth HealthCare, thus it is strongly recommended that researchers and their support staff take advantage of this offer.

For more information visit the Resources for Researchers page.