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Australian clinical trials threatened: Jobs and patient access to new treatments at stake
Date:3/31/2009

Last week's Pharmaceutical Industry Council R&D Taskforce forum demonstrated that Australian clinical research is facing challenging times. AccessCR is encouraging increased government support for and community participation in trials, in order to increase trial activity, by championing the 2009 Clinical Trials Honour Roll, designed to recognise all that have contributed to clinical trials in Australia over the past year.

Australia is losing its attractiveness as a prime location for running clinical trials. Urgent steps are required to retain trials in Australia in order to ensure ongoing employment opportunities, the quality of the healthcare system and most importantly early access for patients to new treatments. This is due to competition from Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, where trials can be run less expensively and there are more people willing to volunteer. This means the 30,000 plus patients, employees and organisations that currently derive benefit from Australian clinical research each year may no longer have access to the same treatments, research, or employment opportunities that people in India and China, for example, increasingly enjoy.

AccessCR's 2009 Clinical Trials Honour Roll recognises all the individuals and organisations that register themselves or others before 12th May for their contribution to Australasian clinical research. The Honour Roll will be used to highlight to the government the need for increased support of the Australian clinical trials industry, and publicly published 20th May 2009 in celebration of International Clinical Trials Day.

Over 10,000 professionals and organisations contribute to the infrastructure, funding and running of clinical trials in Australia, representing a significant workforce from a variety of science, medical, statistics and related backgrounds, and increasingly marketing, telecommunications and IT industries.

An estimated 20,000 people volunteer to par
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Contact: Dr. Janelle Bowden
JBowden@AccessCR.com.au
61-040-695-2659
Research Australia
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