Clinical Institutes

A Clinical Institute framework was adopted at Epworth HealthCare in 2008/09. Each Clinical Institute brings together all the practitioners across Epworth hospitals relating to a specific disease or organ system, for education, process improvement, research, audit, and training of medical students. By linking particular craft groups under Clinical Institutes we create synergy amongst clinicians with similar clinical research and teaching interests.


The Clinical Institute framework is overseen by Epworth’s Executive Director Academic and Medical.


Each Institute has a Director who is responsible for the direction and activities of the Institute, including:

  • Planning and executing Institute activities including regular clinical and business meetings

  • Facilitating research

  • Implementing clinical audit and quality assurance activities

  • Advising on and ensuring the integrity of after hours on-call arrangements

  • Supervising training of medical students and specialist trainees

  • Advising Epworth on College and specialty society liaison


There are 11 Clinical Institutes supporting over 50 Registrar and Fellow positions, and providing the basis for clinical audit programs.

Clinical Institute

Clinical Institute Director
Cancer Services Dr Stephen Vaughan
Cardiac Sciences Associate Professor Ronald Dick
Critical Care Dr Stephen Warrillow
General Surgery & Gastroenterology Mr Gary Crosthwaite
Head and Neck
Mr Dean White
Internal Medicine Dr Michelle Caldecott 
Musculoskeletal Mr Andrew Tang
Neurosciences Dr Amanda Gilligan

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Professor Gabor Kovacs
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Dr Robin Hunter
UroRenal & Vascular
Associate Professor Laurence Harewood

Through the Academic Chairs and Clinical Institute Directors, academic leadership is provided at Epworth, facilitating undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, enhanced research activities, peer reviews and clinical audits. This in turn provides results in improved patient treatment, innovation and outcomes.


Each Institute hosts an annual scientific meeting, and these conferences continue to attract national and international speakers to Epworth.


Clinical Institute coordinators

For further information, contact the Clinical Institute Team.
Phone: 03 9936 8053