Research Development Unit

The Research Development Unit provides policy and funding support for health and medical research, for both WA Health and the wider WA health and medical research sector.

The unit provides health and medical research policy support and development via:

  • undertaking strategic research policy and funding initiatives
  • intellectual property (IP) management support for WA Health (including advice on seed funding and possible commercialisation of new technologies and other research outputs)
  • support of the WA Health research governance framework, including ethics and governance processes, clinical trials initiatives, education and ICT support.

The unit also provides funding for health and medical research across 3 program streams:

State Health Research Advisory Council

The State Health Research Advisory Council, also known as SHRAC, was established in 2005 to provide strategic policy advice to the Department of Health and Minister for Health. SHRAC ceased in August 2015.

For historical purposes, information regarding the State Health Research Advisory Council has been retained online.

Research Governance

Find out more about research governance in WA Health.

Intellectual property

Find out more about intellectual property management in WA Health.

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Research Development Unit


Postal address:
Research Development Unit, Department of Health
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre 6849

Street address (courier deliveries):
Research Development Unit
Level 2, Block C
Department of Health
189 Royal Street
East Perth 6004

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Research Development Unit