Join a Clinical Trial
If you live with a respiratory illness, a clinical trial may give you access to new, innovative treatments as well as first class care from a range of specialists. For information on how to join a clinical trial, contact Leisa our Clinical Trials Recruitment Officer on 6457 4482 or 6457 3198.
What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies involving people. They test ways to treat and prevent disease and are the gold standard tests for decisions on whether a treatment works and if it is more effective than an alternative treatment.
Our clinical trials team is made up of a multidisciplinary team of Consultants, Doctors, Registered Nurses and health science professionals who together make up 100 years of respiratory health experience.
After your study eligibility has been determined by a study Doctor you may then commence participation in the study. This can involve regular visits to our Clinic at designated time intervals for the duration of the study.
A clinical trial can run anywhere from one month to three years but a typical length is 12 months. Study visits will take approximately 2 – 3 hours each and you will be asked to remain at the clinic during the study visit.
Procedures can include regular lung function tests, ECG, vital signs measurement, physical examination and urine tests. Some studies require you to have a chest x-ray or HRCT scan if you have not had one recently.
Each trial is different, so read our FAQs to find out more.
Ten years ago Alyssa found out she had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (alpha-1), an inherited genetic condition where a person has low blood levels of a protein known as the alpha-1 antitrypsin protease. Alpha-1 causes an increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the form of emphysema.
Alyssa’s Specialist suggested that she take part in a new study with our Clinical Trials Unit. She has been on the trial for 26 weeks now and says:
“Being in a clinical trial has been a really positive experience. The nurses are lovely and easy to talk to. As for my health, some days I feel great – really great!”