ACTA Summit 2018

Events Overview

The ACTA Summit 2018 is precisely focussed on investigator-initiated, clinician-led clinical trials’ sector opportunities, challenges and expansion.

The Summit features an inspirationally relevant program – tier-one national keynote speakers, including Australian Government representatives, leading clinician researchers, and our wider stakeholder community.

You will be networking and sharing knowledge with delegates from across the Australian and New Zealand clinical trials sectors, including ACTA’s MRFF-supported Reference and Special Interest Groups presenting and gathering feedback on their 2017-2020 program of work to support, strengthen and grow the clinical trials sector.

The Summit directly follows the 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation: Ensuring Value in Research at the same venue.

The Summit is proudly supported by great sponsors, Bellberry, CT:IQ, MTPConnect, NSW Health, ClinTrial Refer, Datapharm Australia and Research4Me.

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ACTA Summit 2018 – Program

Building a self-improving health care system

The University of Sydney Business School – Abercrombie building

Wednesday 28 November
Pre-conference meetings for members

4:30 pm – 5.30 pm      Annual General Meeting
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm      Cocktail canapes
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm      Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday 29 November

8:30 am – 9:00 am – Registration

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Opening session: Better health through best evidence
Chair: Prof Tony Keech, ACTA Summit Convener; Deputy Director NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

Welcome message: our better health through best evidence future
Prof John Zalcberg
Chair, ACTA

Ms Glenys Beauchamp
Secretary, Australian Government Department of Health

Better patient care in a complex adaptive health system: evidence into practice
Dr Robyn Clay-Williams
Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Medical Research

A NSW bird's eyes view: current and ongoing strategies to enhance translation
Dr Tony Penna
Director, NSW Office for Health and Medical Research

10:30 am – 11:00 am – Morning tea

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Session 2: Strengthening networks
Chair: Prof Steve Webb, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Perth Hospital; School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Developing best practice guidance for clinical trial network operations
A/Prof Katie Groom
Liggins Institute, University of Auckland 

The formation of the ANZMUSC Clinical Trials Network: lessons learned
Prof Rachelle Buchbinder

Monash University, Australian and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network 

Challenges and successes in Arboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinical research
Prof Alan Cass
Director, Menzies School of Health Research

The experience of establishing a new cardiovascular Clinical Trials Network
Prof Anushka Patel
George Institute

ClinTrial Refer: Increasing visibility of an access to currently recruiting trials?
Prof Judith Trotman
Director, Haematology Clinical Research Unit, Concord Hospital, Sydney

Panel discussion
A/Prof Katie Groom, Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Prof Alan Cass, Prof Anushka Patel, Mr Toby Richards, Prof Judith Trotman

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Session 3: Connecting with care delivery
Chair: Prof Ian Harris, South Western Sydney Clinical School, University of New South Wales

Keys to successful clinical trial embedding
Prof Jonathan Morris
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney

Optimising implementation
Prof Sally Green
Co-Director, Cochrane Australia
Professorial Fellow Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Embedding Clinical Trials in Healthcare 
Dr Christopher Williams
Research Fellow, Shcool of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

Panel discussion: Prof Jonathan Morris, Prof Sally Green, Dr Christopher Williams, Tanya Symons

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Afternoon tea

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Session 4: Working together
Chair: Rebecca James, Consumer Representative, Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce; Member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice, Bond University

ACTA and AHRA: Cross Pollination bearing fruit – AHRTCs
Prof Steve Wesselingh
Executive Director and Infection and Immunity Theme Leader, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Aspects of consumer involvement in identifying and prioritising new research questions
Prof Hans Lund 

Centre for Evidence-based Practice, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
A/Prof Jennifer Yost
M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Panel discussion: Prof Hans Lund, A/Prof Jennifer Yost, Prof Tom Walley

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Networking cocktail reception 

Friday 30 November 2018

8:00 am – 8:50 am – Breakfast meetings
Consumer Engagement 

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Session 5: Identifying what matters
Chair: A/Prof Rachael Morton Director of Health Economics, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney

Strengthening Consumer Engagement in Developing, Conducting and Reporting Clinical Trials
Anne McKenzie AM
Head, Consumer and Community Health Research Network

Research Prioritisation: Issues and approaches
Dr Haitham Tuffaha

Centre for Applied Health Economics, School of Medicine, Griffith University

A/Prof Alison Tong
Stakeholder engagement in research priority setting
Principal Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Panel discussion: Dr David Abbott, Dr Janelle Bowder, Meg Brassil, Anne McKenzie, A/Prof Allison Tong, Dr Haitham Tuffaha

Clinical Quality Registries – national policy direction?
Prof Stephen McDonald

Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand Dialysis & Transplant Registry

11:00 am – 11:30 am – Morning tea

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Session 6: Supporting innovation

Platform trial design in oncoloy
A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw

Clinical Lead, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney 

eProms: Considerations and challenges in moving to electronic patient-reported outcomes
Prof Madeleine King

Cancer Australia Chair in Cancer Quality of Life; School of Psychology and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Panel Discussion: Raj Verma, A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw, Prof Madeleine King, Dr Julie Marsh


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Closing remarks

Conference wrap-up 
Prof Nikolajs Zeps

Director of Research, Epworth Healthcare

Clinical Trials: where to from here
Prof John Zalcberg

Chair, ACTA

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Lunch

Day 2 close

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Session 7: ACTA Reference and Special Interest Group-specific meetings
Closed sessions for members only

ACTA Reference Group F: Tools for Research Prioritisation

ACTA Reference Group G: Innovative Trial Design, and ACTA Statistics in Trials Interest Group (ACTA STInG)

ACTA Network Manager Special Interest Group (SIGNet)

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