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The Translational Research Institute (TRI) Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is a multi-use research centre situated at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. It has been designed to provide the special facilities and equipment needed by clinical researchers. This is to help them to investigate the causes of disease, and to conduct research studies of new medicines and medical equipment.
The CRF was opened for participants in December 2014. The facility has been designed as a restful environment, with light filled spaces and comfortable, spacious treatment rooms and waiting area. The clinic is not a healthcare facility; however it is situated within the main hospital building. This is to ensure the rapid access to emergency medical teams should this be needed.
The following information may be of interest to patients considering taking part in a research project that is being conducted in the CRF.
Before arriving at the clinic, the research staff working on the clinical trial will provide patients with any special instructions regarding the visit, for example participants may need to fast from food or refrain from vigorous exercise or smoking.
Each clinical trial and research project has different instructions that must be followed for that research project. Participants will be asked to sign a Participant Information and Consent Form (PICF) if they agree to take part in that research project. This form must be signed before any research related procedures are conducted.
All clinical research studies at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, including those that are done in the CRF, must meet the requirements of international and Australian regulations. They are also checked and are approved by a registered Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). The Metro South Health HREC is administered by the Centres for Health Research.
The CRF is staffed by a small team of Princess Alexandra Hospital employees who manage the facility and provide support to researchers.
Participants arriving at the CRF reception area will be asked to sign the CRF Visitors’ Book and to acknowledge the CRF Terms of Entry.
Participants will be given a temporary ID card to wear during their visit. The researcher for the research project will be contacted upon participant arrival to their appointment.
The person in charge of each clinical trial is called a Principal Investigator. He/she is responsible for making sure that any other researchers working on the research project are properly qualified and trained to provide a high level of care to participants who are taking part in research studies.
The researcher for a participant’s study will remain with the participant during their visit to the CRF. Once the visit is complete, the researcher will ensure the participant is ready for departure. The researcher will then give the participant any information about follow-up requirement and return the participant to the reception desk.
Those attending the CRF may follow the "red" dots to find their way to the CRF from the main Princess Alexandra Hospital foyer.
Download a PDF document with directions to the CRF.