The Department incorporates a number of research centres and units.
The Centre for Health Communication and Participation (CHCP) was established in April 2009, springing from the work of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group (CCCRG). The Centre's mission is to improve health communication with and participation by consumers and carers through evidence-informed policy and decision making.
The Palliative Care Unit was established as a demonstration project in 1998 through funding from the Victorian Department of Human Services. The unit provides health promotion education and training, community development, direct service and research for clinical palliative care.
The Centre was established in 1987 at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences. The Institute later became the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University. Since 2006 we have been a member (under designation) of the World Health Organisation network of Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health.