24 February 2015

WA Health funding supports clinical trials initiative

WA Health has provided vital seed funding to help establish the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA), a peak national body aimed at supporting clinical trials.

WA Health has contributed $88,000 to the new organisation, which will bring together clinical researchers from all disease groups and disciplines who are working in clinical trials.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Gary Geelhoed said clinical trials were important for advancing evidence-based care and treatment for patients.

“Clinical trials are central to improving patient outcomes,” Dr Geelhoed said.

“Western Australia already has a strong track record in contributing to clinical trials by including patients and the expertise of our clinicians.

“This new body will further improve the impact and conduct of clinical trials in WA and the rest of Australia.”

ACTA aims to improve the efficiency of clinical trials and bring together the many hundreds of doctors nurses allied health and research professions working in clinical trials networks across the country.

“The work of clinical researchers in WA already has national and international impact and this new organisation will further support the significant efforts of our researchers.”

For more information, visit the ACTA website (external site).

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