Research Development and Governance

Research Development and Governance (RD&G) aspires to facilitate high quality, effective and translatable research at Epworth HealthCare through the provision of support, guidance, governance and process improvement.

The RD&G team are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that research conducted at Epworth HealthCare is ethically and scientifically sound by way of the research ethics framework which includes the HREC.
  • Ensuring that research conducted at Epworth HealthCare abides by all the relevant principles, requirements and standards by way of the research governance framework.
  • Providing biostatistical advice and guidance with study design, data capture and management, and statistical analysis and interpretation.
  • Promotion of Epworth HealthCare research outcomes and developments through research events, seminars and symposia.
  • Providing support and guidance in research project design, implementation and conduct
  • Management of the Epworth Research Institute (ERI) grants.
  • Running research-related forums, events and education sessions.
  • Assisting with the preparation of external funding and grant proposals.


Victoria McMorran
Phone 03 9936 8058

Accredited ICH-GCP training

The principles of International Conference on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) is a practical guide to the conduct of clinical trials to international standards. GCP outlines the requirements for clinical trial documentation, ethical review of the project, logistical requirements such as indemnity, provision of medical care for research participants and the consenting process as well as reporting lines for adverse events, protocol amendments, etc.

For more information please refer to the TGA Clinical Trials Handbook.

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

The training programs are delivered by certified GCP facilitators with extensive experience in clinical research and consists of either:

  • A 5 hour face to face interactive workshop, designed for those involved in pharmaceutical/device or other interventional clinical research, including principal investigators, associate Investigators and clinical trial coordinators who have never undertaken GCP training.
  • A 2 hour face to face refresher workshop, designed for those involved in pharmaceutical/device or other interventional clinical research, including principal investigators, associate Investigators and clinical trial Coordinators who have previously undertaken GCP training. 

GCP certification is provided to attendees once the workshop is successfully completed.

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.

Monash Partners ICH-GCP training is currently offered at two sites:

  • Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP)
  • Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP)

For further information on the initiative, to register your interest in attending a GCP training session or to see if you qualify for this course at no cost please email Research Development and Governance

Statistical consulting service

The following statistical services are available to Epworth HealthCare Researchers:

  • Design of experiments and studies, including sample size calculations*
  • Guidance in setting up of spreadsheets or data files for data entry*
  • Statistical analysis of data
  • Advice on presentation of statistical results, including graphics, for posters, presentations and papers*
  • Assistance with statistical aspects of Ethics and Grant Applications, including sample sizes*
  • Clarification of statistical (e.g. results) sections of journal papers
  • Advice on selection of statistical and database software

(* Researchers are encouraged to seek advice well before any ethics or funding application, or conference presentation).


A/Prof Dean McKenzie

Dean has a background in applied medical research having spent many years with Monash University department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Alfred, where he undertook a PhD in diagnostic screening using decision trees, and Monash University department of Psychological Medicine at Monash Health and the former Prince Henry’s. Dean is well versed in SPSS, Stata and SAS statistical packages, with a particular interest in modern statistical and data science methods.  

Please contact Dean to organise a consultation.
Phone 03 9936 8059


Consideration should be given to ensuring that you have all appropriate information available at the time of consultation, for example:

  • Hypothesis(es) to be tested
  • Research questions in terms of variables collected
  • Questionnaires/instruments to be used in the study
  • Expected size of differences/similarities in the main outcome or “primary endpoint” based on clinical experience and perusal of the Literature Description of data file, if relevant

Data preparation for statistical analysis Guidelines PDF.


Epworth Honorary Research Affiliates

An honorary research affiliate appointment may be established for an individual who is external to Epworth and wishes to undertake a specified research project or program at Epworth, including those that are completing a higher degree.

Honorary appointments may be applicable in the following situations:

  • University students undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at Epworth HealthCare;
  • An external researcher currently employed at a public hospital wishing to recruit Epworth patients to their study whilst the patient maintains their treatment at Epworth;
  • A scientist and/or researcher employed by a university or research institute with a jointly funded grant where there is a collaboration agreement in place with Epworth and access to Epworth research data is required.

For a researcher to be appointed as an honorary research affiliate they must be undertaking a research project or program under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, an Epworth accredited or employed researcher and have ethical approval for the conduct of the project at Epworth HealthCare.

For more information on Honorary Research Affiliate appointments please contact

Monash Partners

Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) is an innovative Australian health industry, research and educational collaboration between clinical care providers (public and private), Monash University, and health research institutes. Monash Partners was recognised by the NHMRC in 2015 as one of four internationally leading Centres in Australia. Established in 2011, founding members are Alfred Health, Monash Health, Monash University, Cabrini Health, Epworth HealthCare, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Burnet Institute, and Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

To find out more please visit the Monash Partners website.