Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will take place from 0900 - 1230 and 1330 - 1700 on Wednesday 2 October 2019.


$120 | ACTA Member, conference attendee workshop add on

$150 | ACTA Member - workshop only

$160 | Non Member - conference attendee workshop add on

$250 | Non Member - workshop only

*prices per workshop, includes arrival tea and coffee


Workshop 1

Writing a grant for greatest success

Presenters: Prof Davina Ghersi, Simon Denegri OBE, Prof Lisa Askie

Description: This workshop will cover the structure of the new NHMRC grant system, how to include a consumer in your grant application and systematic review requirements followed by a panel discussion.

Workshop 2 - **Please note workshop 2 has been cancelled**

Embedding clinical trials: bring your own trial proposal - leave with it embedded

Workshop 3

Health economic evaluation alongside randomised trials - essential for policy change

Presenters: A/Prof Rachael Morton, Mr Blaise Agresta, Dr Mbathio Dieng

Description: This workshop will give you an understanding of the role of economic evaluation in decision making for reimbursement and policy change.  You will learn how to design a trial with a cost-effectiveness outcome; collect costing data; select appropriate quality of life instruments; and view a Health Economics Analysis Plan (HEAP).

 This workshop is tailored for clinician-investigators designing practice-changing trials.  No prior economics knowledge required.


Workshop 4

Getting your paper published where you want

Presenters: Dr Stuart Spencer, Dr Liz Barnes and Dr Sherilyn Goldstone.


  • The Lancet golden dos and don’ts

  • Common statistical mistakes and solutions

  • Getting your message across - fabulous graphs and figures

  • The killer cover letter.

  • Q&A panel - protocol publication, data sharing, conflicts of interest, CI reporting and data fraud

Workshop 5

Data safety and monitoring - the ABC of SDMCs

Presenters: Prof Ian Marschner, A/Prof Andrew Martin and Prof Val Gebski.


  • Roles, responsibilities and Processes for IDSMCs

  • Statistical principles underlying recommendations

  • Dealing with emerging evidence, stopping processes

  • Special challenges and problems - case studies and mock IDSMC


Good Clinical Practice Training - run by NSW Health

*please note this workshop is run by NSW Health, contact them at to register and for more information.

NSW Health is pleased to offer Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training E6(R2) for free for study coordinators and research nurses at the ACTA International Clinical Trials Conference 2019 on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

ClinicaltrialsNSW from the Office for Health and Medical Research (OHMR) will provide Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training E6(R2) at the pre-conference workshops.

Two courses will be available for study coordinators and research nurses undertaking clinical trials in NSW PHOs:

*        GCP training for new study coordinators and research nurses (4 hours) and

*        GCP refresher training (2 hours) for experienced study coordinators and research nurses who need to renew their Trancelerate GCP accredited training prior to expiry.

This is a great opportunity to understand the fundamental principles of ICH-GCP and research standards in Australia through this practical, case-study based workshop. Attendees will receive a GCP reference manual and an ICH E6 GCP Investigator Site Training certificate.

This training meets the minimum criteria for ICH GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors.

Places are limited. To register your interest or for further information, please email