Introducing Trial Connect: A peer support program

Wednesday 14 June, 2017


Trial Connect is a free telephone peer support program that connects people who are considering participation in a clinical trial with a trained volunteer who has been through at least one clinical trial.

Speaking with a Trial Connect volunteer can provide knowledge and empower others to speak to their health professional about clinical trials. The trained volunteer provides an opportunity to discuss concerns about participating in a trial, gain a better understanding of what to expect in a trial and have insight for the types of questions to ask about trial participation. They are unable to comment on specific trials or outcomes and all conversations are confidential.

This Trial Connect pilot study supplements the enhanced improvements to the Victorian Clinical Trials Link website. Funded by the Ian Potter Foundation, both initiatives aim to increase awareness and access to cancer clinical trials across Victoria, by providing platforms that are accessible and easy to use. Trial Connect volunteers have been recruited and trained in the Cancer Connect program and are required to have received at least one prior treatment in a cancer clinical trial.

To refer your patients to any of the Connect Programs (Cancer Connect, Gene Connect, Family Connect or Trial Connect) call 13 11 20 or email


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