What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research investigations in which people volunteer to test new treatments, interventions or tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions. Some investigations look at how people respond to a new intervention* and what side effects might occur. This helps to determine if a new intervention works, if it is safe, and if it is better than the interventions that are already available.
Clinical trials might also compare existing interventions, test new ways to use or combine existing interventions or observe how people respond to other factors that might affect their health (such as dietary changes). 
The importance of research study and how you can help improve health care
Research plays an important role in discovering new treatments, and making sure that existing treatments and services are being used in the best possible ways. Research can find answers to things that are unknown, filling gaps in knowledge and changing the way that healthcare professionals work.
Why do people take part in research studies?
People agree to take part in research studies for a range of reasons. Some people want to learn about ways they could possibly improve their own personal health, and others participate to help further knowledge of scientific research and medical care.
The Consumer Health Forum has created a consumer-friendly information guide about clinical trials, and is available to download online at Consumer Health Forum.
Current research studies
The following clinical trials and research studies are currently recruiting participants. Contact the researchers directly if you would like to be involved.
Australian Research Websites
- Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trails Network
- Australian Clinical Trials
- Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry
- Consumer Community Involvement Program
- ClinTrial Refer
- Linear Clinical Research
Promote your research study
For your study to be considered for promotion through Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA's owned networks, please email the following particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org
- ethic approval documents
- brief summary of your research project
- include the start and end date of recruitment
- any posters or social media tiles
- any images supplied must be high resolution and either copyright free or copyright licenced purchased
 Source: National Health and Medical Research Council