Research at St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne (SVPHM) is at the forefront of research, clinical education and training in the private health sector and is committed to quality research in the area of acute and chronic care, innovative healthcare delivery, translational research and vulnerable communities.

Research in our context as a Catholic healthcare organisation and our mission, vision and values helps us to grow in knowledge and develop a sense of gratitude for our humanity. SVPHM draws on the expertise of our people and form collaborative research partnerships with experts who share our vision and values related to holistic care informed by the latest evidence and continuously striving to improve and ensure best practice.

SVPHM Annual Exceptional Care/Exceptional Service EXPO

The SVPHM EXPO is a unique event for identifying and sharing successful innovative models of healthcare delivery from around the 3 campuses of the Private hospital.  The EXPO is not just about new technologies and healthcare, at its core is the uptake of innovation.  Additionally, health literacy is closely linked to improved patient outcomes and in this context continuous learning, sharing knowledge and better practices across the service will make a significant contribution. The EXPO offers a means of engaging with SVPHM staff, patients and their significant others in an interactive and dynamic way never before undertaken, where poster displays will be located in common areas of the hospital  across the three sites. In addition, entrants of the EXPO will be assessed for eligibility for submission to the SVHA Quality Awards for the year of each annual EXPO. In this first year of the SVPHM Exceptional Care/Exceptional Service EXPO there were 13 presentations that were rotated between the three campuses of SVPHM (ie: East Melbourne, Fitzroy and Kew). The presentations that were submitted to the EXPO included those from the following areas; Operating Theatres, Paediatric Unit, Child Birth Education, Special Care Nursery, Maternity/Post Natal Care, Delivery Suite Infection Control, Quality and Safety, Information Technology, Payroll, Education, Research and Mission Integration.

Our partners  

SVPHM collaborates with hospital departments and outstanding external organisations in the continued commitment to expanding the evidence base in healthcare.  

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) engages with the hospital on nursing and midwifery education in the undergraduate and post graduate domains.

O’Brien Institute

The O'Brien Institute has made outstanding advances in replantation surgery and the transfer by microsurgical techniques of body parts and tissue to reconstruct people maimed by trauma, cancer, burns and congenital deformity.

Victorian Breast & Oncology Care

The Victorian Breast and Oncology Care is a unique group of medical specialists who offer co-ordinated multidisciplinary care in the diagnosis and treatment of all breast conditions and many cancers, in particular lymphoma, gynaecological cancers, bowel and lung cancer.

Research Application Process

The first step is to make an application to the Hospital's Research Committee to consider whether the proposed project is appropriate for the Hospital.

The application is then considered by the Research Committee which meets the first Tuesday of each month. The possible outcomes of this meeting include:

  • The Committee may approve the project at this meeting if it is a simple quality assurance (QA) project. 
  • The project has been identified as needing ethics approval and you will be notified to submit the project to the Human Research and Ethics Committee at St Vincent's Health Melbourne.
  • The project has been identified as already having ethics approval for other sites and you will be notified to seek an extension to the existing ethics approval to include St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne.
  • The project is rejected as not being appropriate for this Hospital.

Once approval from the HREC is received, the project comes back to the Committee for sign off. The application then finally goes for approval by the Hospital Executive.

Please note that the application to the Hospital is not an ethics application. This Hospital does not have a HREC but subcontracts that work to the HREC at SVHM.

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Commercially Sponsored Trials

For more information regarding commercially sponsored trials please contact the Medical Director. Fees are charged for commercially sponsored trials. Service charges are applied to all trials. Principal Investigators are required to submit an annual report.

Research publications

SVPM/ACU Nursing Research Unit Annual Report 2016 (PDF 5.7MB)

SVPM/ACU Nursing Research Unit Annual Report 2015 (PDF 2.5MB)

SVPM/ACU Nursing Research Unit Annual Report 2014 (PDF 23.6MB)

SVPM/ACU Nursing Research Unit Annual Report 2013 (PDF 10MB)

SVPM/ACU Nursing Research Unit Annual Report 2012 (PDF 2.5MB)

SVPM/ACU Nursing Research Unit Annual Report 2011 (PDF 971.1KB)


For more information or to submit an application for research contact:

Medical Director
Dr Katherine Worsley
St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne


St Vincent's Private Hospital East Melbourne

(formerly Mercy Private Hospital)
159 Grey Street, East Melbourne 3002
Ph: (03) 9928 6555 | Fax: (03) 9928 6444

St Vincent's Private Hospital Fitzroy

59 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy 3065
Ph: (03) 9411 7111 | Fax: (03) 9419 6582

St Vincent's Private Hospital Kew

(formerly Vimy Private Hospital)
5 Studley Avenue, Kew 3101
Ph: (03) 9851 8888 | Fax: (03) 9853 1415