Real stories

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Encouraging my boys to participate was not only about their own health, but the potential to make a contribution to the worldwide search for a cure to this chronic disease.

Leslie Gilham

I decided to participate in a clinical trial to not only help women today but to also help future generations. I would never want my kids to have to go through what I did.

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I am in awe of the trials teams and how competent and motivated they are. How could I not want to help them in their quest to improve cancer therapies for people like me?

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Clinical trials will often improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of people with cancer.

Leonie Young

I know that I have benefited from the results of breast cancer clinical trials and that more women are surviving cancer today than ever before.

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If it helped me, it will help many others in the future, in the world’s journey to find a reason and a cure for MS.

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The support in the years following treatment was crucial to my wellbeing.

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My current clinical trial is a lifesaver for me

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I knew every day and every volunteer would make a difference to improving the potential of finding a solution.

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I was… sympathetically and thoroughly monitored both during the treatment and for the years afterwards.

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Anything to help society or other people with this condition.

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I was told a had roughly six to 12 months to live, then I saw Dr Peter Grimison and was compatible with a trial chemotherapy drug.

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This wasn’t about grasping at straws to stay alive – by doing this, I was able to do something much bigger for other people as well.

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The trial has been great. The best thing about it is that I’m still alive! The trial has given me a chance to find something that works for me, and that I hope will also be of help to others...

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I am a part of something that is contributing not only to my wellbeing but others in my situation. It’s a very positive feeling.

Fran Boyle

One of the most satisfying things about my job is to be able to say to patients that today we have choices in their treatments.

John Forbes

I have no doubt that one day there will be a cure for more women diagnosed or at risk of breast cancer.

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Improvements in healthcare does not just happen, quality clinical research is essential to ensure that advances in preventative health and new treatments for disease are based on high quality evidence.

Laura Adams

I feel very privileged every day in my role as a researcher in dealing with clinical trial participants.

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Each and every trial makes a major contribution to our understanding of how best to prevent, treat and manage chronic diseases.

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I have witnessed trial results translate into direct benefit for patients now and in the future, this is the most rewarding element of my job.

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Being involved in a clinical trial gives patients an 'extra set of eyes’ to watch over them during their health care journey.

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I have seen how clinical trials can change our health care, and how they help people … We have seen the cure rates for kids’ cancer go from less than 10 per cent to over 80 per cent.

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Ultimately, health care practice is based on knowledge derived from clinical trials.

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People get involved because they want to be part of a project that will make a difference.

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Clinical trials are about teamwork and patients are an integral part of the team working together to improve scientific knowledge, treatment options and clinical outcomes.

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The improvements in outcomes for children with cancer and leukaemia in the last half century have been phenomenal…This has come about purely and simply because they have been enrolled on clinical trials.

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It’s incredibly important that we’re able to take basic research findings and real-life treatment experience and work with the researchers to run clinical trials to change how we manage patients and improve survival.

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Australia has been a key contributor in the development of cutting edge new medicines in a huge range of therapeutic areas for Novartis.

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Australia has the clinical trial infrastructure that allows a trial to be established very quickly.

Australian Government Clinical Trials Initiatives

Updated 1 September 2016
An overview of current activities to improve the clinical trials environment

What is a clinical trial

What is a clinical trial

How clinical trials test new treatments to find better ways to prevent, detect or treat disease.

Why be part of a clinical trial

Why be part of a clinical trial

Helping yourself and others and being part of improving health care for everyone.

How to be part of a clinical trial

How to be part of a clinical trial

Who to talk to and how to find a trial.

Consumer guide to clinical trials

Consumer guide to clinical trials

Consumers Health Forum factsheet about clinical trials.