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Exploring the landscape of clinical trials


Clinical trials are essential to determine best medical practice and advance clinical care. Registries of clinical trials, such as the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR), offer an insight to the clinical trials landscape. The ANZCTR, hosted by the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, is an online register of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. It includes trials from the full spectrum of therapeutic areas of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, preventive measures, lifestyle, devices, treatment and rehabilitation strategies and complementary therapies. The ANZCTR collects information on trial characteristics such as the conditions studied, the trial design, type of studied interventions, and funding source. This information can be used to explore clinical trial activity to help clinicians, industry, universities and others in the health care sector to fund, plan, and conduct the most promising and needed trials.


Dr Angela Webster, Dr Anna Lene Seidler.

Research location

NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

Program type



The aim of this project is "meta-research" (research on research). You will use ANZCTR to explore the clinical trials landscape. This can involve identifying trends and associations between trial characteristics, identifying prioritisation areas, or detailed analysis on the burden of disease correlated with medicare spending and government research investment. The successful candidate can be involved in choosing a focus area of their interest and develop a proposal based on knowledge, experience and skill set.

Additional information

Interested candidates should hold post graduate qualifications in research methods, such as Masters of Epidemiology, Biostatistics or Public Health. Experience in research and/or previous experience in healthcare or a related field would be beneficial.

Candidates should have an interest in clinical trials, biostatistics, and/or understanding of the research pipeline. The project team are looking for an individual with strong database literacy and excellent team work and communication skills.

Interested candidates should contact listed supervisor to discuss project proposal.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2941

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