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What you will learn

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Clinical trials can be life-changing for current cancer patients and help drive breakthroughs for future generations.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for health professionals, researchers and other professionals in the oncology sector seeking the practical knowledge needed to develop and implement clinical trials.

Delivered in partnership with the VCCC Alliance, the course gives you access to leading oncological experts who'll provide evidence-based insights and indispensable guidance on the practicalities of clinical trial protocol design.

Explore key components of trial design

Gain a solid understanding of the various components of trial protocol design. Explore how to define trial objectives, methodology, statistical considerations, and how to conduct trials safely.

Understand regulation, reporting and ethical requirements

Examine the principles of practice and regulation of clinical trials. Interrogate concepts of ethics, data collection and participant consent forms, as well as selection and exclusion of subjects, and patient safety.

Examine real-life case studies and trial challenges

Explore useful clinical trial case studies to deepen your understanding of the process. Assess the causes of delays and clinical trial failure.

Put your knowledge into practice in a trial protocol outline

Gain feedback from leading oncological experts and be guided to develop a clinical trial protocol outline. The knowledge you gain will be applicable to any type of clinical trial, but this course has a particular focus on examples within the cancer sphere, meaning learning is immediately applicable to your professional context.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Associate Professor Kathryn Field

Subject Coordinator, Clinical Trial Protocol Design

A Harvard University graduate and medical oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Kathryn has been involved in patient care, and cancer research in brain tumours, bowel cancer and clinical trials. Kathryn also works as a Medical Monitor for a contract research organisation. Kathryn and the VCCC Alliance acknowledge and thank content-area experts Prof Linda Mileshkin, Prof Mark Rosenthal and Ms Helen Stevens for their contribution to this Melbourne MicroCert.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Emerging Topics in Oncology series

Developed in partnership with the VCCC Alliance, this series gives health professionals, researchers and other professionals in the oncology sector the opportunity to build knowledge and confidence in high-demand skills areas, including clinical trials, drug commercialisation, precision medicine and genomics, and health economics.

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For individuals

To take Clinical Trial Protocol Design as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Aug 20, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Clinical Trial Protocol Design, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

Pricing on request


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21 August – 1 October 2023

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