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What is a clinical trial and how do they work?

The World Health Organisation defines clinical trials as follows:

“For the purposes of registration a clinical trial is any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes”

Clinical trials are a method of investigating better ways of managing disease and are an essential component of developing new treatments, drugs or interventions. Trials can test experimental medicines, vaccines, medical devices, behavioural therapies or lifestyle factors eg. dietary changes, to name a few. New medicines are being developed every day. Without clinical research many of the modern interventions of today would not be available.

Data is collected to assess the benefits and side effects of new medications or treatments (interventions) and protocols are strictly monitored and adhered to. Clinical trial participation is one of many health care options available for patients within the Sunshine Coast. Through collaboration and teamwork Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials aims to bring advanced treatments, breakthrough therapies and world class healthcare to our community.

Why we need clinical trials in the Sunshine Coast

An ever increasing and ageing population brings with it the associated demand for access to cutting edge treatment and ongoing development of contemporary interventional therapies. The opening of the new tertiary level Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Sunshine Coast Health Institute in early 2017 presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to be at the forefront of a growing clinical trials arena.

The expansion of clinical trials in the Sunshine Coast area will enhance the wellbeing of our patients and the community at large by providing access to world class treatment within a world class facility without the need to travel long distances e.g. to Brisbane hospitals or medical institutes.

Be part of a clinical trial

To find out more about clinical trials being offered on the Sunshine Coast please contact us.

In the Sunshine Coast members of the public can be involved in a Consumer Advisory Group made up of patients, carers or community members whose role is to give feedback in improving their local health system.

Contact us if you are interested in being part of a consumer advisory group.

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Last updated August 28, 2018