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 care||Side effects or adverse reactions to medications or treatments|
|Access to new, potentially beneficial treatments that are not available to the public||The 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 trial||In 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
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.
The Poche Centre
Level 1, 40 Rocklands Rd
North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia
Cancer Trials Australia is a clinical trial network that provides a fully comprehensive oncology clinical trial service.
Level 6 East
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
VICTORIA 3050 AUSTRALIA
The ANZCTR is an online register of clinical trials being undertaken inAustralia,New Zealandand 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.
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Locked Bag 77
Camperdown NSW 1450
ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.