ANZCTR National Health Enabling Capabilities Scheme
Ongoing commitment to support the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR)
The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, has announced a grant
of $2.1 million from the NHMRC to the Australian New Zealand
Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR).
The registry is located at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre,
University of Sydney.
is an online database that provides public information on trials
being conducted in Australia, New Zealand and some other countries.
Its aims are to maximise patient participation in trials, minimise
unnecessary duplication of research and enable a reliable
assessment of the trial evidence by ensuring all relevant trials
can be included. It also allows policy makers and researchers to
identify potential gaps between current trials research activity
and health priorities.
The Australasian registry was one of the first
World Health Organization-recognised primary registries of clinical
trials in the world.
Evidence from clinical trials guides doctors and patients on
best medical practice. The ANZCTR,
together with other international trials registries, ensure that
all relevant evidence can be accessed in determining best practice.
can also help improve the efficiency and value of clinical trials
research undertaken in Australia by helping improve trial
participation and planning new trials in priority areas.
The new grant will enable the registry to
undertake research into the functions of the registry and its use
and to make further enhancements so that registry data can be more
easily accessed by a variety of users. This will include: better
search functionality so trial sites are easier to locate, and more
consumer-friendly information, so patients will have easier access
to information about current trials.