What is a teletrial?

Teletrials are a new model for conducting clinical trials. A teletrial uses telehealth technology to communicate between the Primary Site and Satellite Site(s) and enable delivery of aspects of a clinical trial as defined in the Supervision Plan. This technology supports a Principal Investigator to supervise Associate Investigator(s) to conduct a clinical trial at a Satellite Site which is geographically remote from the Principal Investigator’s Primary Site.

The Principal Investigator remains responsible for the trial. A detailed Supervision Plan is required, in addition to a Delegation Log required by ICH GCP for all Satellite Sites regardless of experience. Trial participants may have trial visits at both the Primary and Satellite Sites, as determined by the Protocol and Supervision Plan.

Core principles of teletrials

  • Increase access to clinical trials for rural, regional and remote communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Develop collaboration between rural, regional, remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and metropolitan centres, and between tertiary centres across the state
  • Deliver greater engagement in research activity
  • Improve the rate of recruitment of patients into clinical trials across the state and nationally
  • Reduce the disparity in patient outcomes for geographically dispersed populations
  • Build clinical trial capacity and provide clinical trial related training with the aim of increasing the number of “trial ready” sites in the state and upskilling rural, regional and remote workforces.

Benefits for patients

Through teletrials, patients can be seen closer to home leading to:

  • Participation in a clinical trial with family, community and local healthcare support
  • Reduction in travel and accommodation costs
  • Equity of access for all Australians to clinical trials and improved access to potential new therapies.

Australian Teletrial Program - South Australia (ATP-SA)

The SA Department for Health and Wellbeing has recently established the Australian Teletrial Program - South Australia (ATP-SA).

The role of ATP-SA is to:

  • Expand and develop clinical trials processes in the six regional Local Health Networks
  • Assist in collaboration with participating sites and the establishment of teletrial clusters including assistance with regulatory requirements (sponsor liaison, Human Research Ethics Committee and Research Governance Officer submissions and contract management)
  • Provide basic education and training in clinical trials and teletrials
  • Identify and provide agreed clinical trials equipment and logistics such as courier transportation of pathology specimens and medication where required.

ATP-SA is part of the Australian Teletrial Program (ATP). The ATP is a national initiative to improve access to, and participation in, clinical trials for rural, regional and remote Australians.

The ATP is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund - National Critical Infrastructure Initiative: 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure grant. The Program has been funded $75.2 million over five years to bring clinical trials closer to home for patients in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

A-CTEC – Education and training for people involved in clinical trials in SA

Australian Clinical Trials Education Centre (A-CTEC) is a new training initiative for everyone involved in clinical trials across South Australia. A-CTEC contains a suite of evidence-based, interactive clinical trials education modules suitable for a range of learning needs. It is available to all staff involved in clinical trials in health services and university settings, regardless of their role or site.

A-CTEC is funded by ATP-SA and the Office for Research in the SA Department for Health and Wellbeing, and supported by Health Translation SA.

A-CTEC offers free access to a variety of resources, including online training modules, live webinars, live workshops, competency frameworks, educational resources, and community networks.

Visit the A-CTEC website to create a free account and start your professional development! 

ATP-SA Teletrials Toolkit


Get in touch

If you are involved in clinical trials and would like to know more about becoming involved in teletrials, please get in touch. We are here to help!

Please contact

Australian Teletrial Program - South Australia (ATP-SA)
Email: ATP-SA@sa.gov.au

Further information

See the Australian Teletrial Program website for further information about the Australian Teletrial Program.