Clinical Trials Platform

A resource centre for clinical trial excellence

The La Trobe University's Clinical Trials Platform enables and accelerates new research outcomes by providing expert advice, support and services needed for high quality clinical trial design, exceptional management, and regulatory compliance.

World Health Organisation (WHO) defines a clinical trial is defined as “any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes” (WHO, 2023).

Clinical research and clinical trials are crucial to the evaluation and development of new treatments and interventions. Research translation enables us to test and to understand the safety and effectiveness of new methods to diagnose, treat, and prevent various conditions.

Click here see if your research meets the definition of a clinical trial.

The Clinical Trials Platform offers:

  • Support to La Trobe researchers and students, external investigators, and industry partners at any stage of the clinical trials lifecycle. The expert, end-to-end service includes trial design and methodology, grant development, ethics submissions, statistical support.
  • High quality clinical trials education and training for researchers and staff in collaboration with national partners.
  • Access to highly trained and skilled experts in the field for overall trial management including planning, promoting and conducting clinical trials.
  • Facilitation of agreements, registration, and negotiations essential for regulatory compliance and rapid study start-up.
  • Participant recruitment and selection; and facilitation of public involvement.
  • Development of databases, including data checking, cleaning, analysis, and reporting.
  • Trial management, including support with safety monitoring plans, regulatory compliance, and organising and hosting events and study meetings.

Clinical Research at La Trobe University

La Trobe University has a strong reputation for its clinical research and clinical trials, particularly in the fields of allied health, psychology, nursing and midwifery disciplines. We provide services to a range of clients including academics, clinicians and health and medical scientists in both the government and private sectors.

The Academic and Research Collaborative in Health (ARCH) specialises in translational research co-produced with consumers to optimise healthcare quality, outcomes, safety, and the patient experience. This network covers the fastest growing population corridor in Australia, providing access to a diverse patient population in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

ARCH members include:

  • Alfred Health
  • Austin Health
  • Northern Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Mercy Health
  • Healthscope

Formal affiliations with Melbourne Academic Centre for HealthMonash Partners, Alfred Research Alliance and nationally through Australian Clinical Trials Alliance connect the university to the wider clinical trials networks, transforming clinical research capability to deliver better health and social care to Australians.

La Trobe researchers can find guidance on establishing clinical trials and governance requirements by clicking here (La Trobe login required). More information can be found on our brochure [PDF 505.9 KB].

To find out more and to engage with the Clinical Trials Platform, please contact us: