Who developed this website?

Australian Cancer Trials was developed in 2008, as a joint collaboration between Cancer Australia, the lead national cancer control agency, researchers, cancer specialists and cancer consumers.

Organisations involved include: 

Cancer Australia is an Australian Government agency, working to reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians through national cancer control, prevention treatment and care that is consumer-focused and evidenced-based.

Cancer Australia is committed to making this consumer-friendly website about cancer clinical trials available to the Australian community in order to increase consumer knowledge and participation in cancer clinical trials. Its National Consumer Advisory Group has had input into the development of this site. Cancer Australia has valued the partnership with the University of Sydney, the NHMRC, the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry and Cancer Voices NSW in making this a reality.

Cancer Voices Australia is a peak consumer advocacy organisation that provides the independent voice of people affected by cancer. Consumers, led by Cancer Voices, campaigned for a national consumer-friendly website to search for and access information about relevant cancer clinical trials. Cancer Voices participated in the development, launch and promotion of the Australian Cancer Trials website and played a pivotal role in ensuring that the website reflected consumers needs.

The University of Sydney was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research grant in October 2007 to develop and evaluate a consumer friendly website about cancer clinical trials. This was the first time internationally that a clinical trials website had been prospectively evaluated. The evaluation was the first important step in the implementation of Australian Cancer Trials. The results allowed us to optimally meet the needs of people affected by cancer and use evidence based methods to assist them, with their cancer specialist, make decisions about their treatment options, including clinical trials.

The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) was established in 2005 with the aim of collecting key information about all clinical trials (not just cancer) being conducted in Australia and New Zealand and making this available on its website. It is a resource that can be used by a wide variety of stakeholders for a range of purposes.

The primary function of the ANZCTR is to register trials. The Australian Cancer Trials website draws on the ANZCTR research database for useful information about cancer clinical trials.

The information from ANZCTR and ClinicalTrials.gov is displayed on Australian Cancer Trials to provide consumers and doctors with fast, user-friendly access to information about cancer trials currently registered on the ANZCTR and ClinicalTrials.gov.