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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 



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