Medical research

Victoria’s health and medical research sector

Victoria is the premier location for medical research and clinical trials in Australia and recognised globally as a health and medical research centre of excellence.

Victoria is home to 14 independent medical research institutes, which employ more than 5,800 people. The state’s wider medical research sector supports more than 30,000 jobs across institutes, universities and industry.

The Victorian research community and industry drives high-quality health and medical research across the state, including critical investigator-led and collaborative group research.

Translation of this research into evidence-based medical interventions means that Victorians can receive the most innovative care and clinical treatments available.

Benefits of government support

The Victorian Government has committed $1.3 billion to medical research since 2014.

That investment has helped Victoria to emerge as a world leader in cutting-edge health and medical research – driving growth in the sector, creating jobs and supporting incredible breakthroughs in treatment and care.

More clinical trials and medical research projects conducted here in Victoria means greater access to life-improving treatments for Victorians – and more jobs and economic growth across the state.

Victorian Budget 2021-22

The Victorian Budget 2021-22 invests $68.8 million for health‑related research.

Securing local mRNA vaccine supply

$50 million to establish commercial-scale mRNA vaccine manufacturing capability in Victoria. Developing mRNA capability in Victoria will provide vaccine security, support local manufacturing and create a more robust defence against future pandemics.

Generation Victoria

An additional $14 million to continue Generation Victoria, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s ground-breaking research study tracking a generation of Victorians to paint a complete picture of their health and wellbeing.

Living Evidence Consortium

Led by Monash University and Cochrane Australia, the Australian Living Evidence Consortium has delivered the world’s only Living Guidelines for COVID‑19. A new $4 million investment will support the second phase of the project, which will bring together the best treatments from around the world for people living with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and arthritis.

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Accord

A new Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Accord will receive $750,000 to support health researchers from Aboriginal communities to lead and improve the way research involving Aboriginal people and communities is undertaken.

COVID-19 research in Victoria

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of a strong, local research and innovation ecosystem.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Victorian Government has committed over $31 million in funding to COVID-19 research projects across the state.

This investment is supporting Victoria’s hardworking researchers, clinicians and scientists and will reinforce Victoria’s standing as a world leader in medical research.

Learn more about Victorian COVID-19 research projects.

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Page last updated: 27 August 2021