Clinical trials are studies of new medicines involving patients and healthy volunteers. They involve the testing of a new or existing medicine to determine their effectiveness. They are also intended to ascertain whether the medication is safe for people to use for a particular disease/condition.

Participating in a clinical trial facilitates the development of safer or improved drugs for the people who need them most. Additional benefits for participating in a clinical trial include:

  • Financial compensation for your time and travel expenses
  • Free and comprehensive medical review as part of the screening process to confirm your suitability for the trial

This is where you sit down with our doctors and ask as many questions as you like before consenting to the study. We will give you a document (Participant Information and Consent Form - or PICF) that explains all you need to know about the study you are considering. It details all potential risks and benefits as well as your rights and responsibilities. Before you participate you will be provided with all available information to inform your decision. At no point are you obligated to participate in the study.

When you meet our Doctors you have the right to ask any and all questions you may have. These may include but are not limited to:

  • What are the risks to me?
  • What is the intended use of the drug?
  • What kind of procedures will be carried out?

First is the Informed Consent session (see above). You will then have a medical check to ensure that you are healthy and meet the requirements of the study. We also need to confirm that you haven’t taken any recreational drugs and, in the case of female volunteers, that you’re not pregnant.
There may be additional tests depending on the study but usually the medical review will include:

  • Height & weight
  • Vital signs
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood sample for blood test
  • Urine sample for drugs of abuse test
  • Alcohol breath test

It takes at least a couple of days to get all of your results back. They need to be reviewed by one of our Medical Officers and if your results match the criteria for the study, you will be eligible to participate.

Each clinical trial has different criteria for volunteers, such as age, gender, medical history and current health. The inclusion and exclusion criteria in each study protocol are used to identify the volunteers best suited to participate in the trial. Typically, you will only hear from us if you are likely to meet the requirements for that study.

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Burnet Tower, AMREP Precinct, Level 5 89 Commercial Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

When taking part in a clinical trial, you will receive one or more doses of the medication that is being studied. This will follow a schedule implemented by our doctors. Vital signs, blood tests, physical exams or other necessary medical tests are carried out during your stay. In some studies, a number of volunteers do not receive the study medication, but instead receive a placebo (a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control). All study volunteers are closely monitored by our clinic staff and medical team to ensure continuous safety.

Clinical trials by definition involve some form of risk. As with any medication, side effects are always a possibility. The safety and well-being of our participants is the overriding priority. At the Informed Consent session you will be able to discuss the study in detail with one of our Medical Officers before you decide whether you want to participate.

Most definitely, you will be compensated for your time during the study. Compensation varies based on the length of the trial.

It depends on the study. Some of our shorter studies require you to stay over for just a night or a few nights. Longer studies can run for several weeks and of course, the reimbursement reflects the length of time we need you for. Often, once your inpatient stay comes to an end, we conduct short out-patient visits (usually 30-60 minute appointments) which you are required to attend in order to complete the study.

We are always looking for new volunteers

We are actively seeking volunteers from all walks of life to assist in the research and development of new medicines. You can volunteer to make a difference and will be reimbursed for your valuable time.