Trial to close the gap in ru­ral ar­eas

Central and North Rural Weekly - - SUGAR MARKET -

AN AUS­TRALIAN-FIRST part­ner­ship be­tween North Queens­land hos­pi­tals is bring­ing po­ten­tially life-sav­ing can­cer drug tri­als to ru­ral pa­tients.

Min­is­ter for Health and Min­is­ter for Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Steven Miles said the tele-trial model was a break­through for re­gional and re­mote pa­tients.

“For the first time all North Queens­lan­ders will have ac­cess to the lat­est drug tri­als from national and in­ter­na­tional trial groups and com­pa­nies,” he said.

“Queens­land is lead­ing the way in har­ness­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to bridge the gap be­tween the care we can de­liver in our metro ar­eas and what we can offer in re­gional hos­pi­tals.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment and I couldn’t be prouder that North Queens­land is lead­ing the way.”

Townsville Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice On­col­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Sabe Sabesan, the ar­chi­tect of the model, chairs the Aus­tralasian Tele­trial Con­sor­tium and Queens­land tele trial work­ing group.

The group is rolling out the tele trial model across Queens­land and Australia.

“In the past drug com­pa­nies have pre­dom­i­nately tar­geted metro ar­eas be­cause the reach of po­ten­tial pa­tients was much higher,” he said.

“By link­ing ar­eas of North Queens­land, we can in­crease the avail­abil­ity of suit­able pa­tients and re­ally in­cen­tivise at­tract­ing cut­ting edge tri­als to our com­mu­ni­ties. There has been sig­nif­i­cant progress in treat­ing can­cers.”

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