Smartphone app puts clinical trials at the fingertip of doctors

Smartphone app puts clinical trials at the fingertip of doctors

Cancer clinicians can now access the latest information on clinical trials underway in Victoria from their smartphone, following today’s launch of the Victorian Cancer Trials link (VCTL) mobile application for Apple and Android devices.

Clinicians can use the app to search for a trial or filter options based on phase, hospital or tumour type. They can also keep abreast of new trials or changes to existing trials with push notifications. Developed by Cancer Council Victoria, in partnership with Cancer Trials Australia, the app is based on the popular and successful Victorian Cancer Trials Link (VCTL) website.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said the smartphone app built on the success of the VCTL website, which was launched more than five years ago.

“For clinicians and cancer patients, time is of the essence. This app provides cancer clinicians who are on the go with accurate and up-to-date information on cancer clinical trials at the touch of few buttons,” Mr Harper said. 

“By providing them with quick and easy access to Victorian clinical trials we hope to increase patient participation, as well as cross-hospital referrals.”

Cancer Trials Australia CEO Marcus Clark said the app had been designed following extensive clinician consultation.

“This is an app designed specifically with clinicians and other health care professionals in mind. It includes customisable push notifications that will help clinicians keep abreast of the latest news on behalf of their patients,” Mr Clark said. 

“At any one time Cancer Trials Australia manages around 150 clinical trials open to new patients. These trials are now searchable via the new app.”

The Clinical Trials Victoria app is now available for free download from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play for use on Apple and Android mobile devices.

Access the Victorian Cancer Trials Link (VCTL) website at


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Cancer Council Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that has been leading the fight against all cancers for 79 years in the areas of researchpatient support, cancer prevention and advocacy. Visit for details.

Cancer Trials Australia (CTA) is a leading cancer clinical trials network with hospital and research institutes across 19 clinical sites and 2 research sites. CTA also provides a comprehensive oncology clinical trials administrative service for single or multi-site trials, which includes ethics submissions, research governance, clinical development advisory and contract and financial management services.   Visit for details.

New APP helps GP's

New APP helps GP's care for older people dying at home and in residential aged care

Launched today, palliAGED is a new smartphone app that helps GPs who care for older palliative patients at home or in residential care. The app informs key clinical processes such as advance care planning, case conferencing and terminal care management. It also provides prescribing support for common symptoms that patients experience in the terminal phase.

As most deaths are expected, death can be planned for and the required care delivered pre-emptively. General practitioners (GPs) have a central role in planning and providing for that care. palliAGED helps a GP in this role, prompting them to consider if they would be surprised if this patient died in the next 6 to 12 months and providing information to support the key clinical processes that follow.  PalliAGED has been developed as part of the Decision Assist Program. The Decision Assist Program aims to enhance the provision of palliative care and advance care planning services to the aged nationally. The app was designed and developed following a review of available apps relevant to palliative care and aged care, and provides a unique set of resources to the many GPs who make use of mobile technologies in managing and providing care. The app is one of a suite of resources for GPs on palliative care and advance care planning being developed by Decision Assist. The palliAGED app is free. It can be downloaded at the following stores:
  - Google Play
  - Windows phone store
  - Apple iTunes

Palliative Care Advance Practice Pharmacist Paul Tait said "this app partners beautifully with the 5 core palliative medicines endorsed through the SA palliative care clinical network, which include:
  - Clonazepam 1mg/mL injection
  - Haloperidol 5mg/mL injection
  - Hyoscine butylbromide 20mg/mL injection
  - Metoclopramide 10mg/2mL injection
  - Morphine 10mg/mL injection

For further information visit, the Decision Assist website