Clinical Trials & Reports

Take part in a clinical trial or study

Can computer-animated health professionals help us to improve our health?

If you are female, aged 18-45 years and not currently pregnant, you can help us to answer this question.

Our aim is to assess the acceptability of an online system to improve women’s general and preconception health.

How can you be involved?

Attend a 2-hour focus group at Monash University (Clayton/Caulfield/Peninsula). This will involve:

  • interacting with our computer-animated nurse ‘Gabby’
  • providing feedback about your experience
  • You will be reimbursed $50 for your participation

Download the study flyer (PDF, 109KB)

To register your interest or get more information, please email MCHRI.gabby@monash.edu

Women (with or without PCOS) wanted for health study

Researchers are calling for women to take part in the 'FIREx' study exploring insulin resistance in women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

The study is seeking women who want to 'better understand their health and improve their physical activity and nutrition behaviours'. To date, fifteen participants have taken part and are showing some really promising results with improved fitness, insulin sensitivity and metabolic health. The study involves attending information sessions, testing sessions and supervised exercise training. Participants can attend either Victoria University Footscray Park Campus or Australian Catholic University city campus over 16 weeks. Benefits include:

  • free professional health testing and exercise training
  • up to $200 in gift cards

Find out more on the study website

Help make online early menopause resources user friendly

Do you have early or premature menopause (menopause before age 45 years), or POI (premature / primary ovarian insufficiency), whether spontaneous or following medical treatment (eg. chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgical removal of the ovaries)? Are you aged ≥ 20? Then we would love to hear from you. Your participation will help ensure online early menopause (EM) resources are user friendly and informative regarding EM diagnosis, symptoms, causes and management. Participation involves reviewing some early menopause resources and completing 3 brief online surveys that take approximately 20 minutes after which your email details (which won't be associated with your responses), will go into the draw for one of five $100 gift cards.

Find out more (PDF, 832KB)

Carnosine and prediabetes / type 2 diabetes study

We are investigating the effect of Carnosine, an over-the-counter food supplement, in improving type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cognitive function. If you are aged between 18-70 years and have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes (diet controlled or on Metformin), you might be eligible for this study. You must be a non-smoker and not be taking any regular supplements or medications for any medical condition (other than Metformin). This study involves 3 to 5 visits over a period of approximately 4 months. You will receive a $100 visa gift card as token of appreciation.

Find out more (PDF, 98KB)

Carnosine and cardiometabolic risk study

We are investigating the effect of Carnosine, an over-the-counter food supplement, in preventing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cognitive function in high risk groups. If you are aged between 18-60 years and have a BMI over 25, you might be eligible for this study. You must be a non-smoker and not be taking any supplements or medications for any medical condition. This study involves 6 to 7 visits over a period of 4 months. You will receive a $300 visa gift card as token of appreciation.

Find out more (PDF, 97.5KB)

We need your help to develop a bone health fact sheet for women with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) / Early Menopause (EM)!

A bone health fact sheet aims to inform women with POI/EM about the risk of osteoporosis and what women can do to protect their bones. Earlier in the year we asked women with POI/EM about what they would like to include in a bone health fact sheet. Using this information, we have created a draft bone health fact sheet. The aim of this study is to explore the views of women with POI/EM to further develop and refine the bone health fact sheet. You may be eligible for this study if you are diagnosed with POI (menopause before 40 years) or EM (menopause before 45 years) and are aged 20 years or more. This research involves attending a focus group or an individual interview at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton to share your views on a bone health fact sheet for POI/EM. The group will consist of approx. 4-6 women who have been diagnosed with POI/EM. The session will take approx. 60 minutes.

Find out more (PDF, 473.1KB)

Get involved

Indigenous Womens Health Yarning Place

The Indigenous Women’s Health Yarning Place has been developed by Edith Cowan University’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet in partnership with the Monash Centre for Health Research and Innovation (MCHRI), Monash University supported by funding from the Potter Foundation.

The free online yarning place facilitates closer connection for those working across the country in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health in a variety of settings including health promotion, clinical care, health research and policy. It provides a space to share stories, successes and learnings.

View flyer (PDF 28.8KB) for more info, and get involved at yarning.org.au/group/20

Reports

HeLp-her stakeholders, summary report

The HeLP-her Rural project commenced in 2012, was funded by the Australian NHMRC and aimed to prevent excess weight gain in young women living in rural Victorian communities. The purpose of the study was to deliver a simple self-management healthy lifestyle program to determine if it is useful, acceptable and effective in preventing weight gain in women. This summary sheet was created to inform you about the project progress and results.

Download report (PDF, 206KB)