New tri­als for pa­tients

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IN AN Aus­tralian-first, ru­ral pa­tients will be given ac­cess to po­ten­tially life-sav­ing clin­i­cal tri­als at their fin­ger­tips with the launch of an on­line shop.

Min­is­ter for Health Sus­san Ley and Min­is­ter for In­dus­try and Science Ian Mac­far­lane said it would be eas­ier for pa­tients.

Ms Ley said par­tic­i­pat­ing in clin­i­cal tri­als of­fered pa­tients ac­cess to new trial ther­a­pies, of­fer­ing them hope at a time when other av­enues may have al­ready been ex­hausted,” she said.

“Clin­i­cal tri­als are an es­sen­tial part of en­sur­ing that the life-sav­ing treat­ments and drugs we use are safe and ef­fec­tive.

“This re­form will pro­vide Aus­tralians right across the coun­try, in­clud­ing re­gional and ru­ral pa­tients, greater ac­cess to clin­i­cal tri­als.”

Min­is­ter Mac­far­lane said in ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing easy ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about the trial, who could en­rol, and what was re­quired of pa­tients, the tool also put pa­tients in con­tact with the head re­searcher with just one click.

“This on­line tool will make it is eas­ier for pa­tients to be aware of the tri­als avail­able across Australia.”

For more visit www.Aus­tralian­Clin­i­cal­Tri­als.gov.au

Sus­san Ley

This re­form will pro­vide Aus­tralians right across the coun­try, in­clud­ing re­gional and ru­ral pa­tients, greater ac­cess to clin­i­cal tri­als.

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