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Group of Students in classBallarat Health Services Internal Medicine Service conducts clinical trials in primarily medical oncology and cardiology.

This involves establishing both national and international trials at BHS, gaining Ethics approval to conduct the trial, enrolling appropriate patients onto the trial and monitoring the patients for the duration of the trial.

Clinical research is the conduct of trials to investigate new and potentially better treatments for particular medical conditions.

Clinical research is vital in improving the management offered to patients. It allows us to increase our knowledge of the disease studied and to improve the treatments we offer to patients.

Ultimately it is through clinical research that we seek to eventually cure many diseases. And whilst we attempt to find the cure for a particular disease, clinical research helps us to improve the quality of life and prognosis for many patients.

Patients are offered the chance to participate in a trial if they fulfill specific inclusion criteria and their Specialist Physician believes that they would benefit from being included in the trial.

This is usually because the patient has not responded to standard treatment for their condition or because the clinical trial offers access to a treatment that is potentially more beneficial than standard therapy.

Patients are enrolled onto a clinical trial only after they have provided fully informed consent and therefore have had explained to them all the potential benefits and risks of participating in the trial and have had the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

Some clinical trials are simply looking at the activity of a new medication or procedure in a particular disease. Other trials are comparing a standard treatment against a new treatment.

Clinical trials may involve randomization that is, being assigned to a treatment arm purely by chance. This randomisation is usually performed through a centralised computer program run by the sponsor of the trial. Hence the doctors and nurses directly involved in the care of the patient have no control over which treatment a trial patient receives.

Contact details

Telephone: (03) 5320 4735
Facsimile: (03) 5320 4472

Address / Building Location

Ballarat Health Services (Base Hospital site)
Internal Medicine Service
Level one, Edward Wilson building. (Refer to map)

Hours of service

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Related Departments

  • Gastroenterology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics