The unveiling of the plaque to mark the official opening of the Clinical Trials Centre (L-R) Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, Chair Human Research Ethics Committee Prof Peter Colman, Melbourne Health Chief Executive, Prof Christine Kilpatrick and Melbo
02 August 2017
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Around 200 people attended the official opening of the new $1 million Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) by Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, earlier this month.

Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy meeting Jess Sheehan, a participant in a Niemann-Pick Disease clinical trial

The new dedicated centre gives Melbourne Health patients increased access to the world’s newest medical breakthroughs.

Melbourne Health’s Professor Ingrid Winship, Executive Director Research, said clinical trials are an integral part of best practice medicine.

“The CTC is a purpose-built state of the art facility where clinicians and patients from all specialities can come together to provide and receive care in a dedicated, purpose specific centre, instead of spread throughout the hospital,” Professor Winship explained.

“The opportunities for patients and clinicians to come together in this way promotes camaraderie, confidence and an opportunity for everyone to benefit and learn from shared experiences and interactions.”

The CTC is open for clinical trials across a broad range of therapeutic areas including neuroscience, nephrology, infectious diseases, colorectal medicine and gastroenterology, diabetes and endocrinology, respiratory medicine, cardiology, urology, haematology (non-malignant), ophthalmology and dermatology.

At the officially opening, Minister Hennessy visited 18 year old Jessica Sheehan who was in one of the CTC’s clinical rooms for a procedure. Jessica travels to RMH every fortnight from Perth, as part of a Niemann-Pick Disease clinical trial.

The RMH Foundation and Office for Research have invested upwards of $1m to create this facility, recognising that a dedicated, cohesive unit provides the optimal resource for clinical trials.

To learn more about the Clinical Trials Centre, the Office for Research produced a video that explains the benefits of the CTC to patients and clinicians.

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