Metro South Health offers a range of research education, training and information sessions.
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:
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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).
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.
From 1 June 2020, all researchers conducting clinical trials authorised prior to 1 February 2020 must provide evidence of GCP certification.
Free online GCP training can be completed via these external providers:
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.
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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