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NHMRC eLearning Modules

Whether you are a researcher, in a research office or just wanting to find out more about how clinical trials are conducted, these modules use interactive learning, interviews with experts and knowledge reviews to provide an overview of the nature and importance of the clinical trials environment and approval process in Australia.

These modules provide an introduction to the clinical trials environment, clinical research ethics and ethical review and research governance processes and are a component of the Government’s Expediting Clinical Trials Reforms initiative to maintain Australia’s position as a world leader in quality clinical research.

The learning objectives of the modules are:

  • To understand how clinical trials take place is Australia
  • To understand and promote responsible research practices
  • To ensure quality research outcomes
  • To ensure participant safety is maintained at all times

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes. Please see below for technical requirements and instructions, including how to disable Flash hardware acceleration to ensure the optimal performance of the modules.


The name of the Clinical Trial Exemption (CTX) scheme changed to the Clinical Trial Approval (CTA) scheme in 2020. This change was instigated to more accurately reflect the nature of the scheme under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. References in the eLearning modules to CTX should now be interpreted as references to CTA.  


Accesible versions

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For further Consumer eLearning Modules, you may wish to visit the Cancer Australia’s Consumer roles in clinical trials Consumer Learning website.

Technical Requirements


Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or later, and one of the following browsers:

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 8 and later, Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version).
  • Please note, for optimal performance using Internet Explorer, it is highly recommended that the Adobe Flash Player ‘Hardware Acceleration’ is disabled.
  • Mac: Safari 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version).


  • Windows: Google Chrome (latest version).
  • Mac: Safari 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version).
  • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 4.1 and later.

Apple iOS

  • Articulate Mobile Player in Apple iOS 7 or later on iPad.

Android OS

If you experience any technical difficulties, please

  • ensure you are using one of the browser versions listed above;
  • ensure you have disabled Adobe Flash Player Hardware Acceleration;
  • clear the browser cache; and
  • clear the Flash Player cache.