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The Royal Children's Hospital, Australia's largest children's hospital treats approximately 34,000 children as inpatients and 230,000 as outpatients each year. In addition there are approximately 70,000 annual presentations in Emergency. Each of these children is a potential research participant.
RCH has unique partnerships with Australia's largest paediatric research institute, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and with the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, to create a Campus full of collaborative opportunities. This Campus environment fosters high quality research and researchers as proven by our track record with industry sponsored research.
The RCH Campus is now in a new billion dollar building - the largest infrastructure project in the state. The new Campus has state of the art facilities and research support departments to enable cutting edge research.
Most significant of these is the Australian Paediatic Pharmacology Research Unit (APPRU) which is a dedicated purpose-built clinical trial area. Headed by Associate Professor Noel Cranswick, the APPRU performs high quality, timely, clinical trials in children that comply with local and international guidelines. APPRU provides clinical trials services and personnel who are highly experienced in Phase I to Phase IV trials and issues relating to good clinical practice (GCP), Case Report Form (CRF) management and patient recruitment.
The Campus also supports a Clinical Research Development Office dedicated to increasing capacity for clinical research and ensuring staff are trained in the conduct of clinical research
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