Important information and updates due to COVID-19

In line with MH's response to the COVID-19 situation, including the requirement to implement social distancing measures to the greatest extent possible, the following interim arrangements have been implemented in regard to training:

  • face to face training sessions have been suspended until further notice
  • distance training has been implemented where possible

Please click on the training links below for information on training options currently available.

COVID-19 Guidance for Research Studies including Clinical Trials

For updates on how COVID-19 impacts research (including review of new applications and management of ongoing studies) and updated requirements at Melbourne Health please visit our COVID-19 webpage.

For new Covid-19 related studies please also refer to information from the Co-ordinating Office for Clinical Research (DHHS) (visit the COVID-19 webpage and scroll down).

The success of any research study depends on highly trained study teams.

The Office for Research supports the ongoing education and training of its researchers and study staff by providing a range of education and training options.

Each study team should have effective and efficient processes and have a mind-set that is absolutely focused on protecting patients’ rights and assurance of data integrity as well as the day to day conduct of the study. To achieve this, each member of the research team must be appropriately qualified and experienced for their role on the research study and must participate in ongoing training and education appropriate to their role.

We also encourage researchers to provide suggestions for potential education sessions that may be of benefit. Please email you suggestions to

Request to receive research updates

To ensure you receive training and other research updates, send your Melbourne Health email address along with your position description (i.e. PI, AI, research nurse) to and include “Request to add researcher to research email list” in the subject line of the email.

Research Education and Training opportunities at Melbourne Health

Special seminars

  1. “COVID – 19: considerations and strategies for running trials during the pandemic”

ARCS are providing a free webinar for the clinical trials sector called “COVID – 19: considerations and strategies for running trials during the pandemic”.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide information, advice, and a chance to discuss how COVID-19 will impact clinical trials in Australia. This Webinar is independently conducted by ARCS, clinical trials NSW is distributing this information to ensure our stakeholders are kept informed of educational opportunities as relevant to the sector.

There will be 10 webinars, each targeted at a different clinical trials area. You are welcome to pass this event invitation on to your colleagues as appropriate.

To register for any of the remaining Webinars go to the ARCS website

  • 23-Mar-2020: Part 1 - Investigators and Study Coordinators - watch the Webinar here
  • 31-Mar-2020: Part 2 - Peak Bodies and TGA
  • 06-Apr-2020: Part 3 - Jurisdictions: Federal/States
  • 20-Apr-2020: Part 4 - Ethics Committees and Governance
  • 28-Apr-2020: Part 5 - Role of Clinical Trial Sponsors
  • 04-May-2020: Part 6 – Academics
  • 11-May-2020: Part 7 – Private Sector
  • 18-May-2020: Part 8 - Pharmacovigilance and Regulatory Affairs
  • 25-May-2020: Part 9 - Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention
  • 01-Jun-2020: Part 10 – Trial Participants