Barwon Health has announced plans to open Victoria’s first regional clinical trials centre that will be a focal point for researchers and improve access to cutting edge treatments.
The purpose-built clinical trials centre has been funded with a $2.5 million donation from the Costa Family for its establishment and to advance clinical trials at Barwon Health into the future.
The outstanding contribution of the Costa family, in partnership with the Barwon Health Foundation, will bring the project to life, with a goal of creating a smarter, healthier future for our community.
In memory of the late Adrian Costa, this donation by the Costa family will allow Barwon Health’s clinical research community to increase their capacity for ground-breaking and internationally-recognised work across all disciplines.
Establishing the Adrian Costa Clinical Trials Centre is a key part of Barwon Health’s strategy to embed research excellence into every aspect of clinical care. A thriving clinical trials program is a fundamental to the delivery of innovative and evidence based care, and attracting the best and brightest to our team. The centre will improve training opportunities, research capacity and consumer access to the best available treatments.
Barwon Health is working closely with major academic partner, Deakin University, to identify and solve the major health challenges facing our service and community. A world class clinical trials centre is crucial to this goal. The centre will be a hub for the region; a place where doctors, nurses, allied health teams and researchers collaborate to strive for improved outcomes.
About 200 clinical trials are underway across Barwon Health’s clinical trial teams, which include cardiology, intensive care, anaesthetics, psychiatry, orthopaedics, infectious diseases, pharmacy, endocrinology, neurosciences, paediatrics, palliative care, emergency care, and cancer services.
The Barwon Health Foundation is thrilled to help facilitate this much-needed clinical trials centre in Geelong.
We believe supporting a new facility with a research focus will have incredible benefits for the Geelong community, assisting research into innovative treatments that will change and save lives.