FAQs


Below are some answers to commonly asked questions. If you have a different question please send an email to the CTC at enquiry@ctc.usyd.edu.au.

  1. How do I take part in a clinical trial?
  2. Will I be paid to participate in a clinical trial?
  3. How do I find out if I am eligible to be in a specific trial?
  4. Where do I find information on clinical trials research and publications for a particular therapeutic area?
  5. Can I volunteer at the CTC?
  6. Can I do work experience at the CTC?
  7. Can I do a postgraduate research degree at the CTC?

 

FAQ1. How do I take part in a clinical trial?

A: The CTC does not recruit participants to clinical trials directly. Trials are usually run through hospitals and other health service providers. To find out more about any trial or whether you can participate in one, please discuss this with your doctor. Comprehensive general information about clinical trials in Australia is available from www.australianclinicaltrials.gov.au. Trials being conducted in Australia can be found on the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry website, www.anzctr.org.au. Not all of these trials are currently recruiting patients.

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FAQ2. Will I be paid to participate in a clinical trial?

A: All clinical trials conducted in Australia must comply with state and national regulations and guidelines that relate or may relate to clinical trials. Participants are not normally paid to take part in a clinical trial, but may be reimbursed for some out-of-pocket expenses. Please refer to your treating clinical trial doctor or nurse if you have any specific questions about payment.

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FAQ3. How do I find out if I am eligible to be in a specific trial?

A: Every clinical trial has eligibility criteria which must be met by participants. To find out more about any trial or whether you are eligible to participate in one, please ask your doctor. The ANZCTR website www.anzctr.org.au may also contain information about the trial and the eligibility criteria for participation.

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FAQ4. Where do I find information on clinical trials research and publications for a particular therapeutic area?

A: The Australian government lists research networks and support groups for particular disorders at www.australianclinicaltrials.gov.au/trial-websites.

Most of these sites have helpful information, including relevant publications. For scientific articles, you can search PubMed: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed.

Trials being conducted in Australia can be found on the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry www.anzctr.org.au. The search portal of the World Health Organization (WHO) www.who.int/trialsearch allows you to search worldwide for trials that are being conducted.

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FAQ5. Can I volunteer at the CTC?

A: Because of the nature of clinical trials, the CTC does not normally recruit volunteers, but supports work experience for high school and tertiary students where possible. Please see FAQ 6.

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FAQ6. Can I do work experience at the CTC?

A: As part of its community involvement, the CTC provides opportunities for high school and tertiary students to gain voluntary work experience where this can be facilitated. The University of Sydney guidelines set out the CTC's practice in managing these placements, and requests are considered by the CTC human resources manager. If you would like to find out more, please contact the HR manager.

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FAQ7. Can I do a postgraduate research degree at the CTC?

A: The CTC offers postgraduate degrees, scholarships and other education opportunities for Australian and overseas candidates. To see who to contact and what is currently on offer visit our website here.

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