Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre (Monash Partners), the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) and Western Alliance Academic Health Science (Western Alliance), supported by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) are leading an initiative to enable all professionals involved in clinical trials across Victoria to access high quality, world class training – the Victorian Clinical Trials Education Centre (V-CTEC).  V-CTEC will see the establishment of a not for profit, Victoria wide, member-based education centre, with a dedicated Learning Management System (LMS) hosting a suite of evidence- based, interactive clinical trials education opportunities suitable for a range of learning needs.

Building on existing offerings of the Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit (PCCTU), V-CTEC will provide high quality and easy to access clinical trials education at no individual charge. The target audience will include: consumers, study coordinators, research nurses and clinical trial assistants, investigators, clinical trial pharmacists, HREC and governance officers, clinical and non-clinical research staff, general staff in departments that interact with clinical trials, employees involved in clinical trials from hospitals, community health settings, universities, and any location where clinical trial research is undertaken. Importantly, this includes access to Victoria’s rural and regional workforce, who often face greater barriers than their metropolitan counterparts in accessing affordable quality clinical trials training opportunities.

The recently commissioned mandatory accreditation process outlined by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, requires health services to support effective clinical governance and improve the safety and quality of care for those involved in clinical trials. Education, training and competencies are key components of achieving this, and V-CTEC will align its training offerings to support organisations in meeting these accreditation requirements.

V-CTEC is currently in the process of establishing its online Learning Management System, and hopes to go live and provide training access to the Victorian Clinical Trials workforce by the end of 2021.

For further information, please contact eman.nafea@petermac.org