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What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trial is defined by the World Health Organisation as ‘any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes’.

Clinical trials are the testing of treatments, drugs and devices on consenting, applicable human participants. Clinical trials are carried out in conjunction with research to determine if the treatment, drug or device is effective and suitable for human consumption.

For more information on what is a clinical trial, visit the Australian Clinical Trials website.


Why participate in a Clinical Trial?

Participation in clinical trials is essential to advancing health and medical knowledge. Potential benefits of being involved in clinical trials include:

  • Receiving advice from leading medical professionals
  • One-on-one consultations with a consistent health professional
  • Being involved with advancing health and medical knowledge
  • Having access to newly developed treatments that are not universally available

For more information on the potential benefits of participating in a clinical trial, visit the Australian Clinical Trials website.


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