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What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are medical research studies that aim to find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose or treat a disease. It is important to remember that clinical trials are strictly voluntary and participants can withdraw at any time.

“Being on a clinical trial has offered me greater treatment options and I feel I am giving myself the best chance of a better outcome” – Jane

A clinical trial is a reliable and controlled way to research the effects of a treatment and to determine if a new treatment is more effective than the current standard treatment. A trial can also identify potential risks and side effects from a treatment. A new treatment will only become the new standard after it has been proved effective and safe in clinical trials, and shown to be better than other treatments. Participating in a clinical trial can involve both benefits and risks. However, if a treatment does prove to be effective, trial participants will be among the first to benefit.

Eligibility for acceptance onto a clinical trial can be restrictive as there are strict inclusion and exclusion criteria. You should talk to your treating clinician about your suitability for a clinical trial.

Taking an active role in your own health careSide effects or adverse reactions to medications or treatments
Access to new, potentially beneficial treatments that are not available to the publicThe treatment may not be effective for you
Receiving a high standard of medical care and follow-up care at leading health care facilities during the trialIn placebo controlled trials you may be in the placebo group
Knowing that you are helping others by contributing to medical research

Finding a Clinical Trial

Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG)

The ANZMTG co-ordinates and conducts quality research for melanoma control. They also develop and undertake melanoma studies in collaboration with researchers and health care professionals, support networks and consumers.

ANZMTG, University of Sydney
The Poche Centre
Level 1, 40 Rocklands Rd
North Sydney, NSW 2060 Australia

T: +61 2 9911 7352

Cancer Trials Australia

Cancer Trials Australia is a clinical trial network that provides a fully comprehensive oncology clinical trial service.

Cancer Trials Australia
Level 6 East, Main Building
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Grattan Street
Parkville, VIC 3050 Australia

T: +61 3 9342 7306

The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry

The ANZCTR is an online register of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia,New Zealand and elsewhere. The ANZCTR includes trials from the full spectrum of therapeutic areas of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, preventative measures, lifestyle devices, treatment and rehabilitation strategies, and complementary therapies.

The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Locked Bag 77
Camperdown, NSW 1450 Australia

T: + 61 2 9562 5333

Clinical Trials .Gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.


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