In 2019, the Federal Government awarded Alfred Health $24.6M to oversee, and lead, a new initiative to improve the access of cancer clinical trials in regional and remote parts of Victoria.
In collaboration with Monash University, TrialHub’s initial focus is on melanoma, prostate and rare cancer and rare disease trials but is expected to expand into other clinical trial areas over the next few years.
Alfred Cancer Trials
Alfred Cancer Trials (ACT) has extensive expertise in conducting sponsored, collaborative and investigator-led Phase I, II, III and IV clinical trials.
Patients with poor access to clinical trial programs don’t always gain early access to breakthroughs in medical treatment.
We have been established to coordinate and support the equitable access of high-quality, and safe, clinical trials for Victorians, no matter where they live.
Over the next five years, TrialHub, which is based within Alfred Health, will partner with hospitals to boost the number of available clinical trials by facilitating long-term, sustainable clinical trial units across outer metro, regional and rural Victoria.
Leveraging existing clinical trial excellence, TrialHub will achieve this by undertaking a number of flagship projects.
These projects include:
- Identifying gaps and opportunities at partner hospitals to support the needs of their staff and community in establish their own long-term and sustainable clinical trial units.
- Workforce enhancement program: One of our biggest focus is on workforce development, training and mentoring for regional staff interested in building their expertise in clinical trials without relocating to a city hospital. We will be offering a range of education and training opportunities to upskill in a range of clinical trial areas of expertise.
- Digital infrastructure and teletrials: A core function of TrialHub is facilitating access to clinical trials for patients in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas through the implementation of a teletrial model at partner sites.
- Improve the understanding of clinical trials within the community: We will be partnering with flagship hospitals to promote the benefits of clinical trials, and availability, to their communities, which will lead to an increase in patient participation.
Flagship partner sites
TrialHub is being monitored at a national level as it’s expected to be replicated and expanded across Australia within the next three to five years.
This investment is through the Federal Government’s Community Health and Hospitals Program.