Centre for Health and Medical Research

Fostering research and innovation capacity and capability across ACT Health and our partners

Our vision

To be a leader in research and innovation that enhances the health and well-being of our community across the continuum of care.

Our Priorities

  • Developing a strong research culture focused on patients, family and community
  • Creating infrastructure to support high quality research and innovation
  • Strengthening our strategic partnerships
  • Accelerating translation of knowledge to practice and policy
Organisational Structure

The Centre for Health and Medical Research sits under Health Systems Policy and Research.

Executive Leadership

The Executive Leadership Team for the Centre is:

  • Professor Ross Hannan
  • Associate Professor Bruce Shadbolt

Research Ethics and Governance Office

The Research Ethics and Governance Office is responsible for the coordination and management of ethical and site governance review processes for ACT Health. Visit Ethics & Governance for more information.

Clinical Trials Unit

The Clinical Trials Unit supports clinical trials in ACT Health including implementing the Clinical Trials National Partnership Agreement. Visit Participate in Research for information on how to participate in clinical trials. Visit Ethics and Governance for Clinical Trials for information on the approval process for running clinical trials at ACT Health.

Pre-Clinical and Education Support Unit

The Pre-Clinical & Education Support Unit manages the compliance and operations of the pre-clinical laboratories, which support the activities of researchers and students of ACT Health and its partner institutions. Visit Pre-Clinical Sevices for more information.  Visit Opportunities for research opportunities. 


Research Committees

The ACT Centre for Health and Medical Research manages several committees that are important to governing research at ACT Health.

Clinical Trials Committee (CTC)

The Clinical Trials Committee is responsible for the review and authorisation of clinical trials and registry projects conducted at ACT Health.

     Terms of Reference

     Clinical Trials Approval Process

Human Research Ethics Committee and Subcommittees

Ethical and scientific review is provided by the ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), see list of members here. To ensure it provides full and comprehensive review services to the research community, the HREC incorporates specialist sub-committees to advise on the research merit and integrity of proposals. The sub-committees are the Clinical Trials Sub-Committee (CTSC), Social Research Sub-Committee, and the Low Risk Sub-Committee.

     HREC Terms of Reference

     CTSC Terms of Reference

     SRSC Terms of Reference

     LRSC Terms of Reference

Historical HREC Statistics and Performance Reports:

     View the 2014-15 report

     View the 2013-14 report

Contact Us

ACT Centre for Health and Medical Research Executive

Reagan Taylor, Executive Assistant

02 5124 4288


Human Ethics & Site Governance Unit

Augie Marchesi, Unit Head

02 5124 7968


Pre-Clinical & Education Support Unit

Hannah Clarke, Unit Head

02 5124 2618


Page last updated on: 7 May 2019