Australian Government clinical trials initiative

Consultations for national health and medical research platform

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare is conducting national consultations on behalf of all jurisdictions to scope the requirements for a National Health and Medical Research Platform – a National One-Stop-Shop. This proposed national online portal for all health and medical research will make it easier for researchers, industry representatives and sponsors to find, conduct, participate and invest in research in Australia.

The concept for the National One-Stop-Shop was developed by the Clinical Trials Project Reference Group and presents a significant opportunity to achieve a national, interconnected, rapid and streamlined approvals platform that will:

  • include a cross-jurisdictional ethics and governance approvals platform that incorporates key application, notification and approval systems
  • incorporate the Clinical Trials Notification and Clinical Trials Approval schemes administered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • include an embedded and automated next-generation national clinical trials registry
  • provide sophisticated monitoring and reporting functionality for different users.

Options for improving patient recruitment through a related National Clinical Trials Front Door, will also be considered.

Consultations start in July to gather the requirements for the National One-Stop-Shop and the National Clinical Trials Front Door. A project advisory group, chaired by Professor Ian Chubb, former Chief Scientist and clinical trial participant, will be established to guide the consultation process.

You can register your interest now to get updates on the consultations and how you can be involved.

Targeted consultations with state and territory health departments and health and medical research organisations will be followed by broad consultation across the sector with clinicians, consumers, healthcare providers and professional bodies.

You can find out more about this initiative on the ACSQHC website or contact their Health and Medical Research team at HMR@safetyandquality.gov.au with any questions.