Referring a patient to a clinical trial

Learn how to find a clinical trial that will suit your patient and provide them with information they need to participate. Understand how you can become involved in a clinical trial as a healthcare professional.

How to find a clinical trial

There are many clinical trials recruiting participants in Australia.

You can:

How to refer your patient for a clinical trial

Find a relevant clinical trial

Use our search function to locate a clinical trial relevant to your patient’s diagnosis or condition. Results include contact details for information and recruitment such as:

  • the trial contact’s name and phone number
  • an email address
  • trial site location
  • trial ID number.

Any clinical trial summaries, pamphlets or posters should include the phone number of a person or an office that people can contact for more information.

Contact the trial team

You may contact the trial team directly wherever possible.

Ask to speak with the trial coordinator – they may also be known as the 'study coordinator’ or ‘referral coordinator’. The coordinator’s role is to:

  • answer initial questions about the study and how to complete the referral
  • decide whether the patient is likely to be eligible to join the trial.

Patient suitability

Finalising participation will only occur once your patient:

  • meets a doctor or investigator who is conducting the trial
  • provides informed consent
  • completes the necessary tests to determine their suitability.

Clinical trial staff make a final decision on your patient’s inclusion based on the results. They will contact you about your patient’s progress through these steps.

Becoming involved

You may wish to become involved in running a clinical trial yourself if you are interested in the research question, or you have patients or expertise to contribute.

Contact sponsors of research or current research groups about the possibility of participating in a trial either as a principal or co-investigator.

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