Push for access to health trials

Jamie Bell, left, is advocating for easier access to clinical trials for people living in regional areas. He is pictured with Polwarth MP Richard Riordan who says clinical trials give people a sense of hope.

Barwon Downs resident Jamie Bell is advocating for easier access to clinical trials for people in regional areas, saying it is an issue affecting people across the country.

Mr Bell’s wife Catherine Ross died in January at age 32, after doctors diagnosed her with bowel cancer in 2014.

He said his wife participated in two clinical trials in Melbourne, and they identified that people living in regional areas had limited access to clinical trials in Melbourne, due to travel and in some cases finances.

“It’s a problem that’s been identified in the past, obviously a lot of the technical expertise is in the city and there’s obvious barriers to that, but there is scope for conducting clinical trials in the regions concurrently with other trials in Melbourne too,” he said.

Mr Bell said he and Catherine were lucky to be able to travel to Melbourne with ease and had access to accommodation but had observed that other patients who were unwell or elderly weren’t so lucky.

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One Response to “Push for access to health trials”

  1. Juggy

    I’ve argued for a long time that we are only considered a suburb of Geelong… and I believe that is a lot of the trouble. They (medical staff) think that we’re only down the road a little, do it shouldn’t be a problem. Well I’ve corrected them on that numerous times!