The Coalition Government is investing $100 million to improve the health of Australians in rural, remote and regional areas through access to innovative clinical trials.
The Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Program will seek to remove barriers to participating in clinical trials by:
- Improving facilities, equipment, services and systems in rural, regional and remote Australia.
- Reducing the burden, costs and risks for patients and their families related to clinical trial participation.
- Increasing research capacity.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said many constituents living in his electorate which spans more 66,000 square kilometres, face barriers to taking part in clinical trials including distance, geographical isolation and workforce capacity.
“Australia is a big country and we relish it because of the fact, especially here in the New England, but we are always striving to achieve better and deliver more services for regional and rural areas like our own,” Mr Joyce said.
“These clinical trials are a huge step forward for our nation and show that our Government is working hard to provide world-class health services to all Australians, no matter where they live.”
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the investment would “save lives and protect lives”.
“Clinical trials are a significant contributor to advancing new drugs, medical devices and treatments,” Minister Hunt said.
Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, Mark Coulton, said the clinical trials would, “greatly benefit Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas across the country.”
“People in rural, remote and regional areas should not be disadvantaged when it comes to accessing trials, purely because of where they live,” Minister Coulton said.
This contestable program, funded under the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), is all about ensuring patients can access clinical trials where they live.
Grant opportunities for this program are now open. Eligibility criteria, closing dates and any other relevant information will be published on business.gov.au