NEW CLINICAL TRIALS CAMPAIGN AIMS TO RECRUIT PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS
13th December 2017
The Ingham Institute has launched a new initiative to raise public awareness around clinical trials to the diverse multilingual population of South Western Sydney. There are currently more than 200 clinical trials taking place in South West Sydney, and the Institute is aiming to promote broad community participation in medical research to improve community health and the robustness of medical research.
“People from different cultural backgrounds who participate in clinical trials allow us to provide high quality research,” says Kelsey Dobell-Brown, Manager of SWSLHD Clinical Trials Support Unit, “We can then apply this knowledge and improve healthcare.”
Recent studies have suggested that different cultures experience pain and illness in various ways according to their cultural beliefs, past experiences and backgrounds. By giving CALD communities’ access to clinical trials resources in the South West Sydney area, patient support and care can be improved and enhanced.
In collaboration with the South Western Sydney Local Health District, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University, the Ingham Institute aims to drive the initiative forward and provide South Western Sydney residents with the right tools to explore the option of participating in a clinical trial. This is being achieved through various promotional materials available in GP offices and medical centres, including flyers, animated videos and posters in English and translated into 5 different languages – Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Hindi and Samoan. The promotional material points people towards a Clinical Trials website (www.clinicaltrials.org.au) that will allow them to access an information pack containing further resources, including a search function for clinical trials in their area.
In addition to the patient-focused collateral, the Institute has distributed a GP support document for GPs to keep up to date on clinical trials. This includes useful information such as patient privacy, how to find clinical trials and the risks and benefits of participating in a clinical trials.
To learn more, visit www.clinicaltrials.org.au.