Advancing research in the clinic
As the recipient of almost half of Australia’s competitive research grants, Victoria is the premier state for conducting health and medical research and clinical trials. With nine universities and 15 medical research institutes, Victoria is also the proud home to around 20 hospitals that actively engage in research with guidance from a research director.
To capture input from this experienced group of clinician researchers, the BioMedVic Board created the Hospital Research Directors Forum (HRDF) in 2007 to promote research and clinical trials, to provide a forum to discuss the sector landscape and to identify clinical research and translation priorities for BioMedVic to advocate to government.
The HRDF works closely with the Hospital Research Managers (HRM) sub-committee to improve and streamline research ethics and governance policies and procedures across Victoria. Further, the HRM work collaboratively to champion education modules and qualifications for clinician researchers that are recognised both nationally and internationally as signs of exemplary capability.
“BioMedVic is the only organisation in Victoria that can bring such groups together and does so on a regular basis, thereby offering the state a unique resource capable of delivering clinical research and clinical trials of the highest quality and efficiency,” said Prof Steven Holdsworth, HRDF Chair 2013 – 2017.
Driving research translation
By developing interactions with key Ministers, their advisers and senior department staff, the HRDF works to ensure the Victorian Government is well-informed and confident that the state’s expert health and medical research workforce is focused on translating research outcomes into tangible improvements in patient care and new pharmaceuticals and medical devices and supports the state’s international health goals.
“BioMedVic links and pulls the HRDF and HRM teams together to give the best advice and assurances to government that it will get the best return on its investment for the benefit of Victoria and all Victorians,” said BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent.
Prof Stephen Holdsworth, Chair, Monash Health,
Dr Megan Robertson, Deputy Chair, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Prof Stephen Jane, Alfred Health
Prof Neville Yeomans, Austin LifeSciences & Deputy Chair
Prof Frances Quirk, Barwon Health
Ms Angela Crombie, Bendigo Health
A/Prof Lee Boyd, Cabrini Health
Dr David Taylor, Eastern Health
Prof Ingrid Winship, Melbourne Health
Prof Michael Premezel, Mercy Hospital for Women
A/Prof John Botha and Mr Nigel Broughton, Peninsula Health
Prof Danny Rischin, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Prof Andrew Davidson, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Prof Peter A Rogers, Royal Women’s Hospital
Prof Edward Janus, Western Health
Prof Melissa Little, Program Lead, Stem Cells Australia
Anna Burgess, Director, Cancer, Specialty Programs, Medical research & International Health, Department of Health & Human Services, Victorian Government
Andrew Saunders, Health Chief Information Officer, Dept of Health & Human Services, Victorian Government