Our clinical trials
Increasing the scope and capacity of clinical trials in Western NSW offers a solution to both improve access to world-class clinical health research closer to home, in addition to ensuring a thriving research-proactive health organisation. Available evidence suggests a direct association between higher levels of health organisation research activity and lower rates of patient mortality and improved health service efficiencies.
One successful example of this is the Central West Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), based at Orange Health Service. The CTU is a community-led, grassroots approach that aimed to fill a significant gap in access to innovative cancer clinical trials in the bush. Community-based organisations and charities, such as Cancer Care Western NSW, provided substantial seed funding and support for the CTU, which was formally established in 2016.
In the last three years, the CTU has developed rapidly. To date, it has 18 trials currently active and 17 trials in the feasibility stage. In the 2017-18 financial year, the unit generated over $400,000 in revenue. In recognition of its growing success, the CTU won the 2017 NSW Premier’s Award for Outstanding Cancer Research and the 2017 Australasian Gastro Intestinal Trials Group Outstanding Site Award.
Given the success of the Central West CTU model, WNSWLHD is keen to scale up clinical trials across the region in the next four years to ensure that world-class treatment is available to patients closer to home.
For more information about clinical trials in the Western NSW Local Health District, please contact the Clinical Trials Manager.