Why work with us?
The Auckland Cancer Trials Centre is made up of a team of healthcare professionals, scientists and administrative staff members who are as passionate about their patients as they are about clinical research. Positioned strategically within the orb of New Zealand’s leading city, referral hospital and university, ACTC offers sponsors an attractive and unique opportunity to trial their treatments.
An Experienced and Motivated Team
We have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and clinical research coordinators who are GCP trained and highly experienced in the conduct of clinical research. Our team is enriched by the unique experience and skill set possessed by each staff member.
A Dedicated Clinical Research Facility within a Quaternary Hospital
Auckland City Hopital, is New Zealand’s largest public hospital and clinical research facility. It houses New Zealand’s leading health experts in a wide range of medical and surgical subspecialties.
ACTC is a purpose built clinical research facility with amenities for patient assessment/treatment and a micro-laboratory for rapid sample processing.
Embedded within Auckland City Hospital, ACTC benefits from the vast resources and clinical expertise available. This includes the hospital’s 24 hour acute care services, dedicated oncology inpatient unit, intensive care unit, comprehensive accredited laboratory and radiology facilities and expert subspecialty input.
Auckland’s Regional Cancer and Blood Services and Onsite Compounding Unit
With a population of almost 1.7million, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and the country’s center of commerce and education. Beautifully situated with good public infrastructures, Auckland consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
The Regional Cancer and Blood Services, based in Auckland City Hospital, is the sole public provider of cancer care in the Auckland region. Auckland’s large, cosmopolitan and burgeoning population provides the service with a large and varied patient base.
Due to the scale of service provided, the Regional Cancer and Blood Services operates its own Pharmacy Aseptic Production Unit (PAPU). The facility is cGMP licensed and is equipped to compound investigational medical products. This significantly improves the ease, safety and reliability of handling and dosing investigational medical products as per trial protocol. Its capabilities are as follows:
Favourable Environment for Achieving Good Trial Enrolment
The Regional Cancer and Blood Services provides oncology care for 38% of all cancer patients in New Zealand. This includes all cancer streams.
In addition, New Zealand’s judicious approach to funding novel anti-cancer therapy results in our patients having less access to new anti-cancer therapy when compared to other OECD countries. This has created a mutually beneficial environment for both patients and sponsors. Restricted access to novel therapy makes clinical trial enrollment more attractive to patients and presents sponsors with a unique opportunity to trial their therapies in a niche environment.
Quick Trial Startup Process
Applications for Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDEC), Local/Institutional Ethics Board, and Standing Committee on Therapeutic Trial (SCOTT) approval in New Zealand can be done in tandem, resulting in shorter processing times.
Moreover, at ACTC, our KPI and average startup time (completion and submission of documents to site initiation) is less than 100 days. We are open to enter negotiations on preferred site agreements.
Proximity and a Dynamic Relationship with the University of Auckland
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s premier center of higher learning, with a thriving healthcare research scene. The school of medicine and health sciences is located opposite Auckland City Hospital. The growing collaboration between scientist and clinicians is poised to create an excellent opportunity for the development of more translational studies in oncology/haematology.
Auckland Cancer Trials Centre
Auckland City Hospital,
2, Park Road, Grafton,
1023, Auckland, New Zealand
Please email all referrals to: CentralReferrals@adhb.govt.nz (include Att: ACTC in email subject)