New medications or procedures may have side effects or risks unknown to the doctors involved. The treatment may be ineffective, or not as effective, as other treatments available. The approach in the study may have benefits but there is a chance it may not work for you.
Many of our studies do not involve you taking medication or undergoing treatment but before you are enrolled in a study you will be given detailed information about that particular study and the potential risks inherent in it. You will also have the opportunity to ask the doctor questions before you agree to participate.
All research studies have rules about who can participate, so called inclusion/exclusion criteria. Factors that allow someone to participate in a study are inclusion criteria. Those that disqualify someone from participating are called exclusion criteria. These criteria are based on things such as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions.
Inclusion and exclusion criteria are developed with much thought and consideration. They are necessary to prove whether medicines or treatments work or not in a specific patient population and reduce risk by making sure the right participants enter the study. These criteria are applied to all potential participants equally before they start the study.
The Woolcock Institute is located at 431 Glebe Point Road in the suburb of Glebe in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
The Woolcock Institute can be reached on the 431 bus from the Sydney CBD. This service stops directly outside the Woolcock. The 433 and 370 buses also stop a short distance away, as does the light rail (Jubilee Park Stop). Alternatively, 2 hour free parking is available on Glebe Point Road and surrounding streets.
We will keep the personal information you have given to us securely in our Volunteer Register. If you have volunteered for a particular project only the researchers assigned to that project will have access to your information. If you have agreed to be available for future projects Woolcock researchers who have been granted permission to use the Register will search according to the criteria for their project to identify suitable volunteers. If you are selected a researcher will contact you directly.
We may contact you from time to time to ask if you still wish to be on the Register and if you wish to be removed from the Register or if you want to update any of the information we have about you please contact us on 02 9114 0408 or firstname.lastname@example.org