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Research at St John of God Health CareResearch

St John of God Health Care fosters a high quality and ethical research culture that enhances clinical practice.

We engage in research with the greatest potential to improve health care, whilst respecting and protecting participating patients. Our focus is on translational research - research that moves from 'bench to bedside' – improving outcomes for our patients.

We appoint key research personnel, partner with external researchers based at various universities, research institutes, and other health care facilities, and work together on projects across disciplines.

Many of our research projects take place across multiple St John of God Health Care hospitals and services.

In 2013/14 we undertook a strategic review of our research activity and developed an overarching research framework to guide our hospitals in establishing their research programs, based upon their clinical services, research currently underway, and potential areas of unmet need within their communities.

A growing research commitment

The upward trend in research at St John of God Health Care continued in 2014/15 with 120 proposals, a 36% increase on last year. Of these, 57 were multicentre studies and 62 were exclusively run by St John of God Health Care. Nearly half of our research projects are conducted at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

Research governance

St John of God Health Care has a governance structure for research with clear processes and procedures in place, trained caregivers, timely start-up of research, regular reporting and, critically, implementation of research findings into improved health care.

Our Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and its Scientific Review Sub-Committee (SRC) assist the organisation with the review and monitoring of research, ensuring that all research is grounded in sound science and conducted by capable researchers in an ethical manner.

Our primary areas of research are: oncology (cancer care), nursing, mental health and orthopaedics.

Cancer research (oncology)

Most research at St John of God Health Care continues to relate to cancer care, with a greater focus on ways to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and support the families and carers of these patients.

We also host a number of clinical trials at:

Mental Health

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
St John of God Richmond Hospital has continued its strong research focus on post-traumatic stress disorder, led by Professorial Chair of Trauma and Mental Health, Professor Zachary Steel. Find out more.

Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health
St John of God Burwood Hospital continued its strong focus on perinatal mental health research and clinical excellence through its Perinatal Women’s Mental Health Unit (PWMHU) and Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) led by Chair of Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health, Professor Marie-Paule Austin. Find out more.

Prof Austin’s work, supplemented by further research by St John of God Raphael Services, allows St John of God Health Care to provide high quality psychosocial support services for new parents and their families.

Supporting our research

The St John of God Foundation raises funds to support medical research and other health related projects. You can support research areas of your choice by making a donation.


National clinical registries

Our participation in various national clinical quality registries supports collection of long-term patient outcome data for particular diseases and/or surgeries. These registries enable large-scale and comprehensive data capture to ensure useful information can be obtained to monitor health outcomes and undertake useful research.

St John of God Health Care clinicians contribute to the following registries in collaboration with external partners:

  • The Prostate Cancer Registry
  • Massive Transfusion Registry
  • Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (VCOR)
  • Bariatric Surgery Clinical Quality Registry
  • Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR).