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Access to relevant information is key for consumers who wish to make an informed decision about the management of their health.

At the Clinical Trials Centre we believe that a participant’s right to information is a commitment that needs to be maintained throughout the entire clinical trial experience.

We ensure that participants experience:

  • an informed consent process where all relevant information is provided to you prior to making a decision;
  • an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with your health provider (for example, GP (General Practitioner) or specialist) as well as the medical researchers undertaking the trial;
  • knowledge that you are able to leave a clinical trial at any time and are not obliged to remain in a trial if you no longer wish to participate;
  • ability to discuss results from any tests performed; and
  • a summary of the trial results at the completion of the trial.

The following information has been made available with permission from the Consumer Health Forum of Australia.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are medical research studies that aim to find a better way to manage a particular disease. The purpose of a clinical trial is to evaluate new approaches to learn how people respond to them and what side effects might occur as a result. Clinical trials are considered to be part of best practice medicine and are one of many options for treatment of a disease or illness.

Further information about clinical trials can be found on the following Consumer Health Forum.

Why we need clinical trials on the Sunshine Coast

Access to basic healthcare is a provision enjoyed by many Australians, however when health issues require specialised attention and treatment our choices may be limited depending on a number of factors including our geographic location. To support our local Sunshine Coast community we feel it is incumbent upon us to offer good access to treatment options including clinical trials. The aim of USC Clinical Trials Centre is to bring advanced treatments and breakthrough therapies to the Sunshine Coast so our community can enjoy world class healthcare on their doorstep with a focus on the needs and healthcare issues of the region.

What you need to know (Q&A)

  • Who should I speak to about whether clinical trials are right for me?
  • How do I know these trials are properly conducted and approved?
  • What is placebo and what happens if I get the placebo?
  • What are the benefits to me in participation?
  • Are trials safe? People often say trials are guinea pig experiments?
  • What if something goes wrong?
  • Do I pay to participate or will I get paid?
  • What If I change my mind about participation?
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