Clinical Trial Fundamentals (online)

Knowledge of the fundamentals of clinical trials has become essential for anyone working in clinical research. Guidelines and frameworks underpin the day to day running of trials, as well as providing clinical trial staff with the practical knowledge necessary for performing their roles.

This short course will consist of an interactive online component (24 hours) introducing clinical trial competencies and is a prerequisite for the masterclass sessions.

Who should attend

This course is targeted at health practitioners (including medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals), biomedical and public health researchers, clinical trial co-ordinators and those working in the health industry who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge of clinical trials.

Dr Simone Spark

BSc (Hons), MPH, PhD

Senior Clinical Trials Manager - Monash University

Simone has been managing clinical trials for over ten years. Before that she has worked in the public health space as a molecular biologist specialising in outbreak investigations of food borne and hospital pathogens. Simone completed her MPH and PhD from Melbourne University and has a passion for disease prevention (both communicable and non-communicable). Her PhD involved the design of a plant based vaccine for a vaccine preventable disease in humans and animals. Her MPH specialised in epidemiology and statistical analysis. Simone has worked in all aspects of clinical trials including design, initial trial set-up (document preparation, ethics, database development), recruitment and close-out. The trials have been large multi-centre trials across Australia and within General Practices.

Dr Marina Skiba


Research manager - Monash University

Marina has nearly 30 years’ experience in clinical research with expertise in protocol development, ethics applications, data management and project co-ordination.  She has been involved in a variety of research from early and late phase interventional studies and mechanist trials to community based, observational research.  She was the Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Research Governance Officer from 2010 to 2019 and was recently appointed as the school’s Research Manager and has just completed her PhD with the Women’s Health Research Program.

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