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Research Governance Unit 

The Research Governance Unit (RGU) is primarily responsible for administrative governance of research at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), by providing secretariat support to the Human Research Ethics Committees, Animal Ethics Committee and the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and ensuring that research protocols conducted at St Vincent’s Hospital are compliant with all relevant guidelines and legislation.

The RGU provides a service to all units wishing to undertake research which requires ethical review.

Support is also provided to the Research Directorate in relation to the coordination of Research Week.


To apply for ethics/governance approval please see links below:


New Human Research

Ethically Approved Human Research; including approvals for Multisite Studies

Animal Research Applications and the Animal Ethics Committee 

Genetically Modified Organisms and the Institutional Biosafety Committee

Grant Funding and the Management of Funding Applications 

The Research Governance Unit will be closed from 12 Noon on Thursday 24 December 2015 and will re-open at 8:30am on Monday 04 January 2016.

The closing date for new HREC applications for January 2016 meeting is Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 4:30pm. Click HERE for a copy of the 2016 closing dates.





41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia. Phone: (03) 9288 2211