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Metro South Health offers a range of research education, training and information sessions.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training

Requirement for GCP training in Metro South Health

  • The guideline for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting of clinical trials that involve human participants. 
  • Metro South Health Research Council has endorsed a mandate for all researchers involved in clinical trials to undertake accredited GCP training.
  • Clinical trials are not just pharmaceutical trials but any research investigations involving human participants to test new treatments, interventions or tests.
  • These types of studies would ordinarily require full ethical review by a NHMRC Certified Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

New clinical trials

  • From 1 February 2020, all principal investigators and research personnel submitting a new clinical trial for research governance authorisation within Metro South Health must provide evidence of accredited GCP certification undertaken within the previous 3 years.
  • Evidence of GCP certification will form a requirement for Site-Specific Assessment (SSA) authorisation. The responsibility for ensuring that all members of the research team undertake GCP training prior to the commencement of the study, rests with the principal investigator at the site.  

Existing clinical trials

  • From 1 June 2020, all researchers conducting clinical trials authorised prior to 1 February 2020 must provide evidence of GCP certification.


GCP purpose

  • Adherence to GCP serves as a best-practice standard for all clinical trials to protect the rights, safety and well-being of participants and provides assurance that the clinical trial data are credible. 
  • As GCP is an international standard, it facilitates mutual acceptance of data from clinical trials by regulatory authorities.
  • The GCP Guideline details and delineates the respective responsibilities of those involved in the conduct of clinical trials. 
  • It also specifies requirements, including those related to participant consent, protocol and associated amendments, the investigational product, essential documentation, safety reporting and quality management. 
  • GCP provides best-practice processes, many of which can be applied to all types of research, not just clinical trials. 


Evidence of GCP training

  • Researchers intending for Metro South Health to act as sponsor for clinical trials utilising unapproved therapeutic goods (high risk interventional studies), must complete a face-to-face GCP course following completion of the online GCP course.
  • The GCP course completed must be Transcelerate Biopharma Inc accredited.
  • Registration for these sessions will be facilitated by the Metro South Research office.
  • When completing available online courses, it is important to register online and complete the course in its entirety.
  • It is also recommended that researchers access the GCP in Australia guidelines and tools to provide further guidance and assistance.
  • If a GCP course completed is recognised by Transcelerate Biopharma Inc the certificate can be provided as evidence.


GCP course options

Free Online GCP Training

Free online GCP training can be completed via these external providers:

Facilitator Led GCP Training - face-to-face/Zoom

  • Throughout the year, Metro South Research coordinates facilitator led GCP courses for Metro South Health staff with an external GCP trainer at a competitive price. 
  • Dates for these courses are linked below. 
  • Other facilitator led GCP course options are also regularly offered by other bodies including ARCS and Datapharm Australia (these are external to Metro South Health). 

Other online GCP Training

  • While facilitator led GCP education is highly recommended, completion of an online GCP course is also acceptable.
  • Other online GCP courses are also offered by Praxis Australia for a fee.

Metro South Health GCP Training (Facilitator Led)

Target audience

  • Metro South Health research staff including Principal Investigators, Associate Investigators, Study Co-ordinators and Research Assistants with at least 3 months clinical trials involvement.

Course objectives

  • Using interactive discussion and case studies, this TransCelerate-accredited GCP course will provide participants with:
    • an awareness of GCP principles
    • an understanding of the roles & responsibilities of all parties under GCP
    • an ability to apply GCP requirements to their daily research practice
    • a knowledge of source documents, essential documents and adverse reporting for clinical trials
    • preventative and corrective action applying to clinical trials
  • It will not teach participants how to:
    • prepare and submit ethics or governance applications
    • write a protocol
    • set up or run an investigator-initiated clinical trial


  • $250 for internal Metro South Health cost centre-funded participants (please see note below)
  • $275 (inclusive of GST) for self-funded participants

Please note:

  • Priority is given to Metro South Health employees 
  • Metro South Health's Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA) is subsidsing course fees for Metro South Health employees – therefore there will be no cost to Metro South Health departments/work areas at this time
  • Registration of external staff will be considered subject to availability of places and a waiting list for each course will be established

Time & Materials

  • 8:30am – 1:00pm
  • Zoom – video link and webcam (required)
  • DropBox – receipt of course materials


  • Complete either registration form linked below:​
  • Please leave the 'Business Manager Approval' section blank as course costs for Metro South Health employees are currently subsidsed by Metro South Health SERTA 
  • Email completed form to   

2020 course dates

  • 4 September 2020
  • 15 October 2020

Metro South Health training and support services

Getting started with research series

The Getting Started with Research Series has been developed by Bayside Health Services Research. For more information please see Guide to Research at Bayside Health Services (internal link). 

Biostatistics service

Metro South Research Biostatistics Service offers a range of one-on-one services to Metro South Health clinicians and researchers on a range of topics including:

  • longitudinal data analysis
  • survival analysis
  • analysing categorical outcome variables
  • tests for multiple measurement variables
  • statistical inference - tests for categorical and continuous variables
  • descriptive statistics and presentation of data
  • sample size and power calculations
  • designing studies and surveys

A resident biostatistician is available for consultations every weekday with waiting times ranging from a few days to a fortnight depending on current demand, and can provide advice on:

  • experimental design
  • data mining
  • data presentation
  • statistical analysis
  • data integration

The provider for this service is the Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB), University of Queensland. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly on QFAB’s website and the biostatistician can be contacted via email

In addition, the service holds a biostatistics seminar series at least once a year. See Metro South research events for more information.

This service is funded by the Metro South Health Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA).

When sharing data with the biostatistics service please share only encrypted data (especially when working remotely). Please see Queensland Health Passwords and encryptions for more information.

PowerTrials training

Library research support and training

Metro South Health Libraries supports medical, allied health and nursing staff who are undertaking work related research activities. The Princess Alexandra Hospital Library offers Literature Searching and Endnote training.

Other education opportunies 

Ethics and governance - Ethics Review Manager (ERM) Applications platform

ERM Training - Researcher

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Clinical trials - education

Last updated 26 August 2020
Last reviewed 18 May 2018