The latest Australian clinical trials and ways to get involved in research.
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21 Jun 23 Edition
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It was great to catch up with our scholarship recipients, other consumers and colleaues at the ARCS Australia conference a couple of weeks ago. I hope to bring you a debrief in the coming weeks, though have been a little cooped up since with my first bout of COVID.

I was looking forward to being in Adelaide this week for Belberry's International Scientific Congress Public Meeting (registrations now closed) on Friday 23 June, then HTAi workshops over the weekend, but have cancelled while I recover. But a table has been booked for Friday night at the Adelaide Wine Centre at 5pm for a CCReW meetup (thanks Lyn Whiteway for taking the initiative!). If you would like to do some casual networking with other consumers interested/involved in research, then email me ASAP today, as Lyn needs to confirm the table numbers Wednesday.

Hopefully, I will be well enought to travel to Melbourne for a CCReW meetup on the 18 July, so stay tuned for more details, and do let me know if you are interested in coming. All consumers or consumer engagement folk welcome.

The government is currently consulting on how best to handle research funding managed through the National Health and Medical Research Council Medical Research Endowment Account (NHMRC MREA) and Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), I am considering making a submission which takes into account consumer perspectives on the proposals and so will be holding an online consumer discussion for anyone that might like to contribute their thoughts to a submission on Mon 30 Jul at 12pm AEST. If you are interested in being involved, please RSVP here.

I'm keeping it bried today iso safe travels to everyone going to Adelaide this week.Check out the studies, opportunities, activities and resources below.  And until we meet again, here's wishing life is kind to you.

                                                        Janelle, AccessCR and the CCReW initiative

This is a list of all studies on the ANZCTR approved by a human research ethics committee, recruiting in Australia, with a trial start date between 6-21Jun23, as at 21Jun23.

For noting, if you are interested in a study, and it is not running near you, please contact the researchers in case there are other options or support with travel to participate.

Please contact researchers directly through the listings as we have no connection/involvement with these studies. We'd love to know if sharing these research studies is useful, so please drop us a line to let us know if you contact researchers about them.

If you are a sponsor or researcher that wants to let people know about your newly opened study, please complete our request form or contact us (first listing free, subsequent listings for a fee).

The following are some upcoming opportunities and events spotted that may be of interest:

  • Health Technology Assessment Policy and Methods Review – Consultation 1. This is the first consultation of a series related to the review of health technology assessment policy and methods in Australia. For more information, visit the Office of Health Technology Assessment's Consultation Hub. Submissions for consultation 1 close TODAY, 6 June.  The HTA Review Reference Committee have also opened up expressions of interest for deep dive discussions with them, so read more here and apply by 1 Sep if this is of interest.
  • We all know participation information sheets and consent forms for clinical trials need improvement. Provide your feedback on the beta-testing versions of a new potential Australian template, developed through a CT:IQ project, available at Consultation is open until the end of the year.
  • To optimise the government’s investment in health and medical research, the Department of Health and Aged Care and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) are undertaking national consultation to improve alignment and coordination between the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and Medical Research Endowment Account (MREA). Submissions close 14Jul. We will be considering making a submission and will be holding a consumer discussion 3 July if you would like to contribute.  Please RSVP here for more information.
  • The University of Melbourne are advertising for a part-time Consumer Engagement Manager (Digital Health).
  • Sydney Health Partners Annual Forum 2023 - Aligning Research, Adding Impact will be held 19 July. Register online.
  • The Patient Voice Initiative are hosting a webinar about their recent research on how patient communities want to interact with pharma on 24 Aug, 12.30pm AEST (which I will also be participating in). Register free online.

Here's some other news and resources you might be interested in:

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