Updated on 20 May 2015
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has welcomed a new register for clinical trials in the country for patients to access trails and researchers to recruit people easily.
"Though it is not a new initiative that we have begun with, but this would definitely help boost patient participation in clinical trials", said Sussan Ley, Federal Health Minister after the announcement of a new Australian Clinical Trials website.
There are already numerous other trail registries like the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR), was established in the year 2005 with $1.5 million in federal subsidy through a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has enabled the grant.
The new clinical trials website are supported by the NHMRC. There are also various trial registries from the other countries such as Clinical Trials Connect, and some based overseas like US website ClinicalTrails.gov, which has covered various trails in the US. There are other registers, for example Australia Cancer Trails which targets a particular illnesses.
"We admit that this clinical trials may not proceed from the lack of suitable participants. This initiative may have the possibilities to raise awareness and participation, not just for the community members, but also for both the scientific and medical professions as well," said Dr Stephen Parnis, Vice President, AMA in support of this new register.