You enable our researchers to pursue medical breakthroughs

80% of research at Epworth happens thanks to philanthropic grants. It means world-class researchers can focus on solving pressing issues affecting our patients, with more than 250 research projects funded in priority areas such as cancer, cardiac care and obstetrics.

Why does research matter?

If there is a better way to treat and care for our patients, then Epworth wants to provide it.

Research is the key to life-saving breakthroughs. Testing new treatments, or investigating early detection methods, can change the course of serious diseases.

When research happens here, it also means Epworth patients can benefit from the latest medical advances. Just recently, Epworth became the first hospital in the world to implant a new male contraceptive at Epworth Freemasons, through the philanthropic E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Centre.

Epworth believes that the more we understand, the better we can care for our patients and thanks to our philanthropists, 80% of research is funded by philanthropic grants
PROF Miles Prince AM
Centre Director, Epworth Centre for Immunotherapies and Snowdome Laboratories

Epworth Centres of Excellence

Philanthropy has enabled Epworth to launch dedicated centres of excellence combining clinical care, patient experience, education and research.

  • Jreissati Pancreatic Centre at Epworth

    To help people with pancreatic cancer and find a way to diagnose the disease in the early stages.

    This will help achieve the centre's ultimate goal – to achieve better outcomes for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

  • Julia Argyrou Endometriosis Centre at Epworth

    To deliver the best care for patients and work towards a cure for endometriosis.

    The centre’s research objectives focus on understanding the cause of endometriosis and connected effects, and improving current diagnosis and treatment options.

  • Centre for Paediatric Allergies at Epworth

    To find and implement new children’s allergy tests and treatments.

    A collaboration between the Australian Food Allergy Foundation and Epworth Medical Foundation brings together the best allergists and immunologists focused on improving both short- and long-term outcomes for children with food allergies.

  • E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth

    To develop and implement innovative treatments to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer.

    The centre gives prostate cancer patients the opportunity to be part of studies that may extend their lives, and leads the first Irreversible Electroporation (NanoKnife) facility for prostate cancer in Victoria.

  • Epworth Centre for Immunotherapies and Snowdome Laboratories

    To be a centre of excellence in blood cancer patient treatment and care.

    The centre will enable Epworth to become only the second private hospital in Australia to deliver autologous stem cell transplants, complex immunotherapies, and ultimately expand the availability of CAR T-cell therapies to patients.

  • Pelvic Floor Centre of Excellence at Epworth

    To establish a world-leading female pelvic floor medicine and reconstructive surgery centre.

    The centre will provide optimal clinical care for women with pelvic floor disorders, led by an expert team who are guided by and participate in world-class research to find the best outcomes for their patients.

How you can enable research at Epworth

If you would like to make a donation towards research into a particular clinical area or an Epworth Centre of Excellence, contact Vanessa Dannock today.

Philanthropy Manager

Vanessa Dannock

Jreissati Pancreatic Centre

On a mission to boost pancreatic cancer survival

The Jreissati Pancreatic Centre at Epworth is the only centre of its kind in Australia. It exists to improve the heartbreaking outcomes for pancreatic cancer. Less than 13% of people diagnosed in Australia survive 5 years.

Dr Caroline Le PhD leads the research program, and says it wouldn’t be possible without the EMF community.

“Philanthropy turned this big idea into a thriving specialist centre. Through our research program, we’re now able to provide patients with an additional form of radiotherapy they otherwise would not have access to.” - Dr Caroline Le PhD

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Ways to donate 

There are many ways you can make make a difference and help enable the best possible care for patients at Epworth.