The Monash-Gippsland Teletrials Pilot is a project, supported by funding from the Victorian Cancer Agency, between MPCCC and Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service (GRICS). It will establish a hub-and-spoke teletrials model between primary clinical trial site, Monash Health and satellite site Latrobe Regional Hospital. The pilot will enable Oncologists from Latrobe Regional Hospital – which already has an established cancer centre, to consent, recruit and manage patients enrolled in clinical trials throughout the Gippsland Region.
Telemedicine, which literally means “healing from distance”, uses information and communications technologies to improve patient health outcomes by increasing access to care and medical information (WHO, 2010). This pilot will utilise telemedicine technologies and principles to facilitate the exchange of medical, clinical and administrative information between Latrobe Regional Hospital and Monash Health. This will enable clinicians based at the satellite site to access capacity, experience and advice from colleagues located in the primary site, and ensure requisite governance and clinical oversight is in place to offer clinical trials in the Gippsland community.
Funding for the project was finalised in late 2018 and the Pilot project commenced in February 2019. Expected date of project completion is February 2021, with the expectation that Latrobe Regional Hospital will be equipped with enough capacity to independently continue expanding their clinical trials capacity.
Expected Outcomes of the Monash-Gippsland Teletrials Pilot
1. Increased access to clinical trials for people in the Gippsland Region and reduced need for people with cancer to travel to large metropolitan centres in Melbourne to undertake trial-related visits and procedures.
2. The development of collaboration and networking between rural/regional and metropolitan health service centres. This will be achieved by delivering greater engagement in research activities and contributing to workforce development, which will build clinical trial capabilities in non-metropolitan regions.
3. Improved evidence-based practice in clinical trials resulting from an increase in the rate of recruitment and participation of patients in clinical trials. This pilot also has the potential to increase participation in research into cancers with lower rates of incidence or low survival rates.
For more information in relation to this Pilot please contact:
Ms Annette McClellan
Senior Project Officer
Monash-Gippsland Teletrials Pilot
Ph: 61 3 8572 2372
Mobile: 0488 048 792
See here for full details of our Project Team and Steering Committee.