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H70, Abercrombie St & Codrington St

Darlington, NSW 2006


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The ACTA Summit 2018 is precisely focussed on investigator-initiated, clinician-led clinical trials’ sector opportunities, challenges and expansion.

The Summit features an inspirationally relevant program – tier-one national keynote speakers, including Australian Government representatives, leading clinician researchers, and our wider stakeholder community.

You will be networking and sharing knowledge with delegates from across the Australian and New Zealand clinical trials sectors, including ACTA’s MRFF-supported Reference and Special Interest Groups presenting and gathering feedback on their 2017-2020 program of work to support, strengthen and grow the clinical trials sector.

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Wednesday 28 November 2018

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Annual General Meeting (AGM)
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Cocktail canapes
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Advisory Council Meeting

(Closed session subject to separate booking; details will be sent to members.)

Thursday 29 November 2018

8:30 am – 9:00 am – Registration

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Opening session: Better health through best evidence
Chair: Prof Tony Keech, ACTA Summit Convener; Deputy Director NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

Welcome message
Our better health through best evidence future
Prof John Zalcberg,
Chair, ACTA

Ms Glenys Beauchamp
Secretary, Australian Government Department of Health

Dr Robyn Clay-William
Better patient care in a complex adaptive health system: evidence into practice
Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Dr Tony Penna
A NSW bird's eyes view: current and on-going strategies to enhance research translation
Director, NSW Office for Health and Medical Research

10:30 am – 11:00 am – Morning tea

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Session 2: Strengthening networks

Chair: Prof Steve Webb, Intensive Care Unit Perth Hospital; School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

A/Prof Katie Groom

Developing best practice guidance for clinical trial network operations
Liggins Institute, University of Auckland

Prof Rachelle Buchbinder
The formation of the ANZMUSC Clinical Trials Network: Lessons learned

Monash University, ANZMUSC CTN– Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network

Prof Alan Cass
Challenges and successes in ATSI clinical research
Director, Menzies School of Health Research

Prof Anushka Patel
The experience of establishing a new cardiovascular CTN
George Institute

Prof Judith Trotman
ClinTrial Refer: Increasing visibility of and access to currently recruiting trials?

Panel discussion
Networks, new and old
A/Prof Katie Groom, Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Prof Alan Cass, Prof Anushka Patel, Mr Toby Richards

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Session 3: Connecting with care delivery
Chair: Prof Ian Harris, South Western Sydney Clinical School, University of New South Wales

Prof Jonathan Morris
Keys to successful clinical trial embedding
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney

Prof Sally Green
Optimising implementation
Co Director, Cochrane Australia
Graduate Research Coordinator, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Dr Christopher Williams
Embedding Clinical Trials in Healthcare

NHMRC Research Fellow

Panel discussion
Prof Sally Green, Prof Jonathan Morris, Tanya Symons, Dr Christopher Williams

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Afternoon tea

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Session 4: Working together
Chair: Rebecca James,
Consumer Representative, Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and Member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice, Bond University.

Prof Steve Wesselingh
ACTA and AHRA: Cross Pollination bearing fruit - AHRTCs

Executive Director and Infection and Immunity Theme Leader, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Prof Hans Lund & A/Prof Jennifer Yost
Aspects of consumer involvement in identifying and prioritising new research questions

Centre for Evidence-based Practice, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences /
M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Question and answer session
Prof Hands Lund & A/Prof Jennifer Yost

5:30 pm–7:00 pm Networking cocktail reception

Friday 30 November 2018

8:00 am – 8:50 am – Breakfast meetings
Consumer Engagement (Reference Group E)

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Session 5: Identifying what matters
Chair: Prof Andrew Forbes, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Anne McKenzie AM
Strengthening Consumer Engagement in Developing, Conducting and Reporting Clinical Trials ACTA Reference Group (E)
Head, Consumer and Community Health Research Network

Dr Haitham Tuffaha
Research prioritisation: Issues and approaches
Centre for Applied Health Economics, School of Medicine Griffith University

A/Prof Allison Tong
Stakeholder engagement in research priority setting
Sydney School of Public Health

Panel discussion:
Dr David Abbott, Dr Janelle Bowder, Meg Brassil, Anne McKenzie, A/Prof Allison Tong, Dr Haitham Tuffaha

Prof Stephen McDonald
Clinical Quality Registries – national policy direction?

Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand Dialysis & Transplant Registry

11:00 am – 11:30 am – Morning tea

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Session 6: Supporting innovation

A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw
Platform trial design in oncology

Clinical Lead, NHMRC CTC, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
Prof Madeleine King

eProms: Considerations and challenges in moving to electronic patient-reported outcomes
Cancer Australia Chair in Cancer Quality of Life; School of Psychology and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Panel discussion
Raj Verma, A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw, Prof Madeleine King, Dr Julie Marsh

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Closing remarks

Conference wrap-up
Prof Nikolajs Zeps, Director of Research, Epworth Healthcare

Clinical Trials: where to from here
Prof John Zalcberg,
Chair, ACTA

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Lunch

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Session 7: ACTA Reference and Special Interest Group-specific meetings - closed sessions

ACTA Reference Group F Tools for Research Prioritisation

ACTA Reference Group G and STInG Innovative Trial Design

ACTA Network Manager Special Interest Group (SIGNet)

ACTA Reference Group D Embedding Clinical Trials in Healthcare

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