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Metro South Health offers a range of research education, training and information sessions.

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Biostatistics service

Metro South Research Biostatistics Service offers a range of one-on-one services to Metro South Health clinicians and researchers on a range of topics including:

  • longitudinal data analysis
  • survival analysis
  • analysing categorical outcome variables
  • tests for multiple measurement variables
  • statistical inference - tests for categorical and continuous variables
  • descriptive statistics and presentation of data
  • sample size and power calculations
  • designing studies and surveys

A resident biostatistician is available for consultations every weekday with waiting times ranging from a few days to a fortnight depending on current demand, and can provide advice on:

  • experimental design
  • data mining
  • data presentation
  • statistical analysis
  • data integration

The provider for this service is the Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB), University of Queensland. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly on QFAB’s website and the biostatistician can be contacted via email

In addition, the service holds a biostatistics seminar series at least once a year. See Metro South research events for more information.

This service is funded by the Metro South Health Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA).

When sharing data with the biostatistics service please share only encrypted data (especially when working remotely). Please see Queensland Health Passwords and encryptions for more information.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training

The guideline for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting of clinical trials that involve human participants.  Metro South Health Research Council has endorsed a mandate for all researchers involved in clinical trials to undertake accredited GCP training.

Clinical Trials are not just pharmaceutical trials but any research investigations involving human participants to test new treatments, interventions or tests.  These types of studies would ordinarily require full ethical review by a NHMRC Certified Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

New clinical trials

  • From 1 February 2020, all principal investigators and research personnel submitting a new clinical trial for research governance authorisation within Metro South must provide evidence of accredited GCP certification undertaken within the previous 3 years.

  • Evidence of GCP certification will form a requirement for Site-Specific Assessment (SSA) authorisation. The responsibility for ensuring that all members of the research team undertake GCP training prior to the commencement of the study, rests with the principal investigator at the site.  

Existing clinical trials

  • Researchers intending for Metro South Health to act as Sponsor for clinical trials utilising unapproved therapeutic goods, must complete a face-to-face GCP course following completion of the online GCP course.  Registration for these sessions will be facilitated by the Metro South Research office.

  • When completing available online courses it is important to register online and complete the course in its entirety.

  • It is also recommended that researchers access the GCP in Australia guidelines and tools to provide further guidance and assistance.

PowerTrials training

Library research support and training

Metro South Health Libraries supports medical, allied health and nursing staff who are undertaking work related research activities. The Princess Alexandra Hospital Library offers Literature Searching and Endnote training.

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ON Prime Virtual

On Prime Virtual

Do you want to find out how to make a real difference with your research? CSIRO’s ON Prime Virtual can help! Purpose built for researchers, this free virtual learning program provides you with the skills needed to take your projects and career forward.

What is ON Prime Virtual?

ON Prime Virtual is designed to help research teams take their ideas to the next level through customer discovery activities. 

Over ten weeks, you and your team will test paths for your IP, know-how and technology through a structured process to build your personal, entrepreneurial and business model capabilities. This will test if you are working on the right problems, targeting the right markets, and capitalising on the best opportunities. And that’s just the beginning! Each team undertakes unique personal growth as well; unearthing new talents and skills, honing expertise, and reigniting passions.

ON Prime Virtual is open to researchers from all Australian publicly funded research agencies and universities. The program is free to participate in, plus all IP and equity remains the property of the team or sponsoring institute. 

This September we’re delivering ON Prime Virtual as an online program, making it accessible to researchers across the country.

Here’s what some of our ON Prime graduates had to say about their ON experience and why you should apply. If you have any questions or would like to chat about ON Prime Virtual in more detail, please contact Alisa Becker on or join us at an information webinar at 3pm AEST on 3 August 2020.

Applications are open now! Apply via our application portal.

Applications close Monday 10 August 2020.

Last updated 28 July 2020
Last reviewed 18 May 2018