The researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne are committed to advancing medical research and translating the results into clinical practice, allowing doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to provide better quality healthcare for patients.

Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes for different types of research projects, submission guidelines and all necessary resources. 

As of Q3 2022, SVHM deployed a new ethics review management system called St Vincent’s Application for Governance and Ethics (SAGE)

Going forward, researchers are encouraged to use SAGE for all ethics/governance submissions (except QA projects). The system will replace the existing ethics & governance submission/management process after a short grace period. 

SAGE aims to significantly assist the timely and efficient ethical and governance review of new and existing studies, by providing a one-stop portal for new applications, amendments, and other project updates. Quick reference guides on how to use SAGE is available here.


The closing dates only apply to NEW HIGH RISK ETHICS APPLICATIONS.

All other submissions are not reviewed during the HREC Meeting, and may be submitted outside the RGU closing dates, including:

  • Governance submission for high-risk studies
  • Ethics submission for low-risk studies
  • Governance submission for low-risk studies
  • Quality Assurance
  • Amendment Requests


Investigator-Initiated Trials Resources

Relevant guidelines to provide researchers with a launching pad for conducting their research can be found at the link below. These have been developed in partnership with the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), of which SVHM is a contributing member of.

Human Research Ethics Committee


The SVHM HREC is fully constituted and operates in accordance with the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) including all subsequent updates.

Calvary Health Care Adelaide HREC


The aim of ethical review is to ensure that high ethical standards are maintained in research projects conducted at Calvary Health Care Adelaide (CHCA), to protect the interests of research subjects, investigators and the institution.

Low Risk Research and Quality Assurance


The Low Risk Research Sub-committee provides an expedited review pathway for all projects which are considered as “low risk”.

Animal Ethics Committee


The St Vincent’s Hospital Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) is responsible for ensuring that all activities relating to the care and use of animals are conducted in compliance with the ‘Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes’ 8th Edition 2013.

Institutional Biosafety Committee


The St Vincent’s Hospital Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for the review, approval and ongoing monitoring of all research involving Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) conducted in OGTR-Accredited Organisations at St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy Campus.







Resource for Researchers


Resource for Researchers