Trial to close the gap in rural areas
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.”