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icon-jump_to General information on clinical trials

     icon-web_site_3 Consumer Health Forum clinical trials project

     icon-web_site_3 Clinical Trials Connect

     icon-web_site_3 Australian Clinical Trials

icon-jump_to Current clinical trials    

     icon-web_site_3 University of Queensland - Do you have back pain? (6/12/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 UNSW ‘Mobile Application for People with Gout’ Study (24/11/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 The University of Queensland - Do you have ankle osteoarthritis? (10/10/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 Monash University - Have you experienced medical issues on your return from medical travel? (15/8/17)

     icon-web_site_3 University of Sydney, Northern Clinical School – Do you have pain at the base of your thumb? (18/7/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 Monash University - Do you have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia? (05/7/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 University of Notre Dame - DigiTech Pain Project (16/6/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 CMAX Study - Do you have Osteoarthritis of the hip or knee? (26/05/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 UNSW Cost of Gout Study (17/05/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 La Trobe University study - Kneecap arthritis treatment for those aged 50+ years (10/03/2017)

     icon-web_site_3 QUT trial - Testing of a program to reduce chronic pain and associated health outcomes (6/12/16)

     icon-web_site_3 Regulating Autologous Stem Cell Therapies in Australia (28/10/2016)

     icon-web_site_3 Testing the safety, tolerability and efficacy of a new medication called AKP-11 (19/08/2016)

     icon-web_site_3 Do you have ongoing ankle pain or have you been told you have ankle arthritis? (27/5/2016)

     icon-web_site_3 Participate in an Australian-wide study on biologic use in pregnancy (20/5/16)

     icon-web_site_3 Potential Treatment for Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in the Knee (2/5/16)

     icon-web_site_3 Fast Vs Slow Weight Loss - Which is better? The TEMPO Diet Trial (09/02/2016)

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GENERAL INFORMATION ON CLINICAL TRIALS

 

Consumer Health Forum clinical trials project

The Consumer Health Forum (CHF) was funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research to develop a factsheet to provide consumer-friendly information about clinical trials, in response to a recommendation for improved consumer access to information on clinical trials. CHF members were engaged in focus testing and many provided input into the content and development of the factsheet.

The factsheet is available online, in both colour and print-friendly versions. You can access it on the Consumer Health Forum website: https://www.chf.org.au/clinical-trials-project.php

Please feel free to distribute the link and the factsheet broadly to family, friends and consumer networks.

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Clinical Trials Connect

Clinical Trials Connect (CTC) is an online participant recruitment website designed to help match members of the Australian community to potentially life changing research opportunities, and deliver recruitment solutions to researchers.  You can register your interest to participate in trials on the website in one of two ways, either as a patient with a medical condition or as a healthy volunteer.  If a person's search does not reveal a current match in their area of interest they can register for a future trial and will be contacted when something becomes available.

CTC is recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Federal Government Department of Innovation Industry Science Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). CTC is also listed as one of two portals most relevant to Australian consumers currently in the Consumer Health Forum 'Guide to Clinical Trials' factsheet,  and has recently been  listed on the new Government website Australian Clinical Trials. 

For more information about Clinical Trials Connect visit the website: www.ctc.asn.au

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Australian Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are helping to develop new interventions and tests that may improve your health care, alleviate the symptoms of your disease or condition or improve the health care of others which will help people live longer and have less pain or disability.

For more information about Australian Clinical Trials and links to more information on how you can participate, visit the Australian Clinical Trials website: www.australianclinicaltrials.gov.au

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CURRENT CLINICAL TRIALS

 

University of Queensland - Do you have back pain? (6/12/2017)

Help us find out if a website can help you.

Requirements:

  • You currently have back pain (recent or long term)
  • You are you 18 years or older
  • You have regular access to the internet


Those who complete the study will go into a draw to win one of 10 iPad minis.

Trial participants will access the internet in different ways and need to complete some online questionnaires over a 12-month period.

Sign up here.


Need more info? Contact the Project Manager, Leanne Hall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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UNSW ‘Mobile Application for People with Gout’ Study (24/11/2017)

Have you had at least two gout attacks in the past year and have access to a smartphone or tablet with internet?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a UNSW Sydney research study to test a mobile app designed for people with gout.

By taking part, you will be asked to:

  • Use a mobile app for one year
  • See your GP and have blood tests at least 3 times in a year
  • Fill out 3 surveys, and
  • Complete a short interview at the end of the study

You will receive a $30 gift voucher at 3 points of the study ($90 total).

Interested in joining? Go to our website mygoutapp.com or contact:

Jacob Bechara
Phone: 1800 931 544
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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The University of Queensland - Do you have ankle osteoarthritis? (10/10/2017)

Researchers at The University of Queensland are inviting people with known diagnosis of ankle osteoarthritis to fill an online survey.


Participation involves completing online questionnaire about symptoms and disability associated with ankle osteoarthritis. This study can be completed by individuals living anywhere in Australia. 

 

 

Completing the survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes, and will help us to better understand the problems experienced by people with ankle osteoarthritis. To complete the online survey, please click here.

 

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Monash University — Have you experienced medical issues or other difficulties in seeking care on your return from medical travel (15/8/2017)

This is an international collaborative research project, focusing on Australia and Japan, that explores how patients who travel abroad for medical care may be better supported upon their return home. Monash University is taking part in conducting research in Australian contexts.

As medical tourism has grown around the world, so have the number of the reports highlighting the adverse outcomes from undertaking medical care abroad. Health and safety risks associated with medical tourism have become a major concern to researchers, medical professionals and policy makers worldwide. Due to a scarcity of empirical research on medical tourism, your participation is invaluable in highlighting what patients have experienced following travel to another country or jurisdiction.

Participation in this study involves taking part in one interview with Dr Omori. It can be conducted through face-to-face, by phone or via Skype (or other forms of electronic communication tools). An interview date and time can be arranged based on your preference.

For further information contact Dr Maho Omori
Phone: 0415140838
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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University of Sydney, Northern Clinical School – Do you have pain at the base of your thumb? (18/7/2017)

Specialists from Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney, Australia) are conducting a 12-week research study to compare two different treatments for people with osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb.

You may be eligible if you: are aged 40 years and over, have moderate to severe pain at the base of the thumb due to osteoarthritis and are able to travel to RNSH in order to attend the study visits.

The participants will be assigned to one of two treatment groups. Interventions will consist of conservative therapies and will not involve surgery, oral medications or injections.

To see if you are eligible fill out the online screening here.

For more information contact Vicky Duong
Phone: 02 9463 1896
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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Monash University - Do you have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia? (05/7/2017)

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) at the Alfred Hospital is currently seeking volunteers for a clinical trial of a non-medication investigational treatment for fibromyalgia.

Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. They are conducting this study to see whether they can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

To be involved, participants must:

  • be aged between 18 and 75 years
  • have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia

Participation will involve attending the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for an initial 2 week period of daily (Monday-Friday) treatments followed by a 2 week period of 3 treatments per week. Each treatment appointment takes approximately 30 minutes.

For further information contact Ms Laura Knox
Phone: (03) 9076 9896
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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University of Notre Dame - DigiTech Pain Project (16/6/2017)

Using Digital health technology to optimise older people’s Pain self-management capabilities: a mixed-methods ‘DigiTech’ Pain Project

You are invited to take part in the DigiTech Pain project if you experience ongoing osteoarthritic pain, are over 65 years of age and use a smartphone or tablet computer.

For further information contact Ms Priyanka Bhattarai
Phone: 0452 518 525
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

 

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CMAX Study - Do you have Osteoarthritis of the hip or knee? (26/05/2017)

CMAX is an independent, clinical trial facility located at 18a North Terrace in Adelaide, that carries out research on a variety of investigational medicines for the pharmaceutical industry.

CMAX is conducting a study of an investigational medication for the treatment of pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee.

This trial has been approved by the Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee.

We are seeking volunteers aged over 18 years that have osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. The trial involves 12 visits to the CMAX unit over a 21 month period.

For more information about the CMAX study click here.

If you are interested in participating, please phone CMAX on 1800 150 433. 
 

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UNSW Cost of Gout Study (17/08/2017)

Do you have gout? This research is being done to learn more about the cost of chronic gout to Australian households.

We are looking for people who want to take part in this research and who:

  • Had gout at least once
  • Are 18 years or over
  • Live in Australia

If you decide to take part in the research you would complete a survey (either online or paper based depending on your preference), which will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

You will be entered into a lottery to win 1 x $200 gift card as reimbursement for your participation in the study.

You can access the survey and more information via this link: www.costofgout.com

 

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La Trobe University study - Kneecap arthritis treatment for those aged 50+ years (10/03/2017)

If you are 50 years or older, and have pain around your kneecap (pain at the front of your knee), during sitting, squatting, or stair climbing, you may be eligible to participate in a government (NHMRC) funded clinical trial.

What will you be asked to do?

  • Attend La Trobe University (Bundoora campus) for a knee examination
  • Have a FREE x-ray of your painful knee
  • Wear a specific footwear intervention for 12 months
  • Complete questionnaires about your knee pain

For further information, please visit:

Website: http://semrc.blogs.latrobe.edu.au/kneecap-pain

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FootpathStudy

Or contact Jade on:

Phone: 03 9479 2768

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Queensland University of Technology (QUT) trial - Testing of a program to reduce chronic pain and associated health outcomes (6/12/16)


For adults with chronic pain in Brisbane: Participants needed for QUT trial of a 3-week computer-based program.


This project aims to investigate whether a new psychological program, completed on a computer once a week for 3 consecutive weeks, can reduce chronic pain and associated health outcomes. Participation will include completing 3 short computer-based sessions (10-20 min each, over 3 weeks at one of the QUT Brisbane campuses) and some online surveys.


To find out more and enter the initial survey click here


For any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 

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Regulating Autologous Stem Cell Therapies in Australia (28/10/2016)

 

The University of Sydney is looking for participants for an Australian Research Council-funded research project exploring the regulation of autologous adult stem cell (ASC) therapies in Australia.

 

The study seeks to explore the attitudes of major stakeholders regarding patient access to innovative ASC therapies. Despite limited evidence of their efficacy and safety, ASCs (stem cells derived from the patient’s own body) are increasingly being offered for the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including chronic diseases, asthma, dementia, motor neurone disease or arthritis. 

 

We are looking for health professionals, patient representatives and patients, their carers and family members to take part in a workshop (Nov 21 in Sydney and Nov 28 in Melbourne) and/or a short interview exploring their views on ASC therapies in Australia. Workshop participants will be offered $50 reimbursement for travel to and from the workshop and a $50 supermarket voucher. The study is confidential and anonymity is guaranteed to participants.

 

If you would like to participate, please contact Dr Tereza Hendl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

More information about the study can be found at: http://sydney.edu.au/law/health/stemcells/index.shtml

 

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Testing the safety, tolerability and efficacy of a new medication called AKP-11 administered to participants with arthritis (19/09/2016)

You are invited to take part in this research project if you have been diagnosed with a form of arthritis and are aged between 18 years and 65 years. This research project is testing the safety, tolerability and efficacy (how well the drug works in alleviating pain) of a new medication called AKP-11, which will be administered to participants with arthritis.

AKP-11 is an experimental topical, anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of arthritis, including gout. This drug is believed to curb a variety of the pathological events associated with arthritis via a multi-modal mechanism of action. The study seeks to determine the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of topical doses of AKP-11 compared to matching placebo in participants with rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

For further information visit www.anzctr.org.au/ and enter the identifier ACTRN 12616000922471 in the search box and click on the link provided. 

 

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Participate in an Australian-wide study on biologic use in pregnancy (20/05/2016)

 
This study aims to help other women with rheumatic diseases who would like to have pregnancies in the future.
 
We are looking at pregnancy outcomes in women with rheumatic diseases exposed to biologics during pregnancy or around the time of conception. This study does not alter your arthritis management in any way.
 
Can you help us with research looking at pregnancies in women with rheumatic diseases?
 
  • Do you have an inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis?
  • Are you a woman aged over 18?
  • Are you on or have you been on an injection treatment for your arthritis?
  • Have you had a pregnancy or are you currently pregnant?
 
If your answer is 'yes' to these questions, you may be able to take part in this study
 
 
For further information please contact:

 

Phone: 0452 423 970

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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Potential Treatment for Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in the Knee (04/05/2016)

A randomised clinical trial of a treatment for mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee.   

 

The study is looking for participants aged between 40 and 80 years of age, with mild OA in either or both knees to test a treatment for 8 weeks.

Trial volunteers would need to:

 

  • Make 3 visits to the clinic – week 1, week 4 and week 8
  • Have blood tests at a QML collection centre - week 1, week 4 and week 8
  • Take the medication daily for 8 weeks

Clinic locations are in Brisbane and Redcliffe and Sunshine Coast

 

For further information please contact:

 

Phone: (07) 3162 0909 

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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Fast Vs slow weight loss - which is better?  The TEMPO Diet Trial (09/02/2016)

 

Losing excess weight is scientifically proven to help reduce and prevent joint pain. One way to get support for weight loss is to participate in a clinical weight loss trial, where you get the support of a research team and others in the trial.

 

For many years health professionals have recommended ‘slow and steady’ weight losses of approximately 0.1 to 1 kilo per week. In recent years however, an increasing number of health professionals are prescribing meal replacement diets called very low calorie diets (VLCDs) because they can induce relatively fast weight losses of approximately 0.5 to 2 kilos per week, which some people find motivating, and because some people report not feeling hungry while following a VLCD.

 

While VLCDs are known to be safe and effective in the short-term (for up to one year), the long-term consequences are unknown. This study will demonstrate whether or not there is any difference between the effects of weight loss via VLCD or conventional diet on metabolic health, body fat content and distribution, muscle mass and strength, and bone density in post-menopausal women for 3 years after commencement of the diet.

 

To watch Associate Professor Amanda Salis talking about the TEMPO Diet Trial click here.

To watch Associate Professor Amanda Salis talking about A Day in the Life on a VLCD, click here.

To read the Information for Participants click here (PDF file).

 

Recruitment for the TEMPO Diet Trial is currently underway. If you are interested in participating in this trial and are female, living in the Sydney metropolitan area, aged 45-65, postmenopausal for 5 years or more, are non-diabetic and you have a body mass index (BMI*) of 30 to 40 kg/m2, you may be eligible for this study.

 

*To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters, or use this web-based BMI calculator: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/Pages/bmi-calculator.aspx.

 

For more information contact theThe TEMPO Team (Ms Michelle Hsu, Dr Radhika Seimon, Ms Alice Gibson and Associate Professor Amanda Salis) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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Reviewed and updated October 2017

 

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