Victoria's health and medical research sector

Medical research plays a vital role in scientific discovery and Victoria’s economy. We are committed to supporting all forms of medical research and driving innovation to enable homegrown inventions to be manufactured right here in Victoria.

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 18 world-class medical research institutes which, together, employ over 6,000 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.

The Victorian Government’s investment in medical research 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.

Page last updated: 29 February 2024