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
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 Cancer.Connect@cancervic.org.au