Almost a third of Australians live in rural, regional and remote areas, and rural and remote communities have significantly worse health outcomes, and shorter life expectancies.
Tele-trials offer an innovative approach to enhancing and improving clinical trial infrastructure to extend clinical trials into rural, regional and remote areas, with the potential to address many of the barriers, such as distance, geographical isolation and workforce capacity.
In addition, collaboration, partnerships and co‐investment including approaches that build the capacity of new or emerging clinical trial sites in rural, regional and remote areas is a significant area of need.
AGITG intends on enhancing the availability of tele-trials across other suitable trials to improve outcomes for patients with gastro‐intestinal cancer.
Image: Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA); “Australasian Tele-Trial Model, Access to Clinical Trials Closer to Home Using Tele-Health”, September 2016, pg.11