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.
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
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
CURRENT CLINICAL TRIALS
A trial assessing specifically modified shoes for those with knee osteoarthritis (25/10/13)
The University of Melbourne's Department of Physiotherapy require participants over the age of 50, have had pain in their knee for more than three months and for most days of the past month and, be willing to wear walking shoes every day for six months.
If you think this sounds like you and would like more information on the project and participant eligibility, click here.
A study of risk factors for pain exacerbation in osteoarthritis of the knee (6/8/13)
Sydney and Melbourne Universities are currently recruiting participants for the web based study of knee osteoarthritis pain.
For details about the study, click here.
To express your interest register on the website http://www.chesm.unimelb.edu.au/volunteer/spark/spark.html
Associations between gender, coping and disability for people with chronic pain (2/7/13)
This study examines whether or not gender influences what kind of coping strategies we use when living with chronic pain, and do these choices relate to how much disability we experience in everyday living.
For the full details of this clinical trial, click here.
Please be advise that the closing date of this study is the 20th October.
New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel may improve symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (11/6/13)
This is a research study of GlycOmega Plus™, a natural medicine made from New Zealand Green Lipped mussel.
GlycOmega Plus™ is currently available for purchase, and has been shown in previous trials to significantly improve knee pain, stiffness and joint mobility, as well as improve gastrointestinal function (primarily reflux, abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea) in people with osteoarthritis of the knee.
For the full details of this clinical trial, please click here.
The Pain Course - An Internet-Delivered Education Program for the Management of Chronic Pain and Emotional Wellbeing (3/4/13)
The Pain Course is a new internet-based course, which provides good information about chronic pain and teaches proven skills for managing chronic pain and emotional wellbeing. The aim of this course is to help people maintain good emotional wellbeing despite pain.
To find out more about the course click here.
A Clinical Research Opportunity for People with GOUT FLARES (14/1/13)
Have you or a loved one tried everything for gout, but haven’t had any improvement in your symptoms? A local clinical research study is examining an investigational gout medication that’s designed to work differently from most other drugs.
If you're interested in exploring this option for gout, please click here.
Knee Brace Study (13/12/12)
Seeking volunteers who have had an ACL reconstruction
If you are between the ages of 23 and 50 years, have had an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction 5-20 years ago and would like to know more about this study click here.
Do you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis? (13/11/12)
If your answer is yes and you would like to participate in an online study exploring how illness might alter our thoughts, feelings and behaviour, please read on by clicking here.
Do you have osteoarthritis of the knee and are over 40 years of age?
If you have answered yes, you may qualify for a research study of a lifestyle program to reduce knee pain and progression of arthritis.
For more information about the study click here.
Chronic Illness Research Project (17/8/11)
Deakin University is conducting a study aimed at developing a questionnaire to assist in the diagnosis and assessment of treatment progression in chronic illness - specifically myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. If you have any of the following and are over 18 years of age, you might want to consider participating in the on-line questionnaire.
* Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
Click on the links below for the plain language statement with additional information about the study
About the study
Plain language statement or visit www.deakin.edu.au/psychology/research/ci/
Brain structure and function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis (13/4/11)
There is currently no cure or ideal treatment for knee osteoarthritis. People with knee osteoarthritis often experience pain, muscle weakness, joint stiffness and impaired sensation that can alter the way they walk and move.
Volunteering your time to this study will contribute to understanding the effect of knee osteoarthritis on the brain.
For information on how you can participate click here.
Reviewed and updated October 2013