Patients suffering chronic diseases will benefit from the launch of a new website that offers easier access to clinical trials of new drugs, treatments and medical procedures. Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, said that the Australian Clinical Trials website was created in response to the needs of consumer groups, the pharmaceutical industry and research institutions.
"Clinical trials give tens of thousands of patients access to new and innovative treatments and play a vital part in the fight against disease," Ms Plibersek said. "There are many stories about recovery, improved quality of life or longer life from participating in a clinical trial conducted in Australia and this website will make it easier for patients to find out about and access clinical trials."
The website includes explanations of the clinical trial process; contact details for trials; a section for trial sponsors; real stories from patients, doctors and researchers, and a section for researchers on ethics, legislation and getting started.