Australia has world class health and medical researchers who have been responsible for many life changing breakthroughs that have benefitted the Australian and international community.
But the ability to conduct this research in Australia depends on being able to recruit enough people into studies which can take months and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars to do. Many studies fall over at this hurdle because they just don’t get enough people to participate.
It’s not that people don’t want to – in fact there’s data to show that if you asked the community if they’d be willing to be involved in research that was relevant to them, about two-thirds would say yes, but in practice only about one percent will ever be involved in a clinical trial.
That’s why The George Institute in partnership with the University of New South Wales has launched a register called Join Us, which aims to recruit a million Australians who agree to be contacted if there is a study that might be appropriate for them.
Australian researchers who have already obtained the relevant approvals for their study will then be able to apply to recruit participants from the Join Us register.
The digital technology underpinning Join Us uses robust and secure systems that have been developed to enable large scale management, secure storage and analysis of sensitive health data.
Ultimately, the goal of this project is to achieve better health and wellbeing for all Australians by more rapidly advancing the understanding of health and medicine and making these advances available to the community.
To register or find out more visit www.joinus.org.au