COVID-19: MACH Response
Our partners and especially our health services face unprecedented challenges over the next few months. The research response to COVID-19 is second only in importance to the clinical care challenges posed by the epidemic. The MACH has responded by helping our health services and research institutes lead the fight-back by supporting highest priority COVID-19 research.
Please contact us with any COVID-19 queries at MACH-COVIDtrials@unimelb.edu.au
MACH COVID-19 Activities
The Committee meet regularly to deploy its wide-ranging expertise to make a consensus recommendation as to which interventional clinical trials are of the highest priority to support MACH-affiliated health services.
Current recommendations are found below with information updated after each Committee meeting:
Factors favouring an assessment as a highest priority trial may include:
Funding from the NHMRC/MRFF
An adaptive design
An opportunity to join an outstanding quality international study
Studies that nest in biobankable or diagnostic material
Studies addressing a particular local need
MACH invites partner Research Offices to alert us to studies that are sufficiently advanced to be seeking ethics and governance approval and other queries related to COVID-19 research and trials (including non-clinical trials).
Streamlining ethical approval across MACH
Research Managers (through the statewide Hospital Research Managers Committee) have agreed to fast-track COVID-19 trials through Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approval and are reviewing the use of the framework of National Mutual Acceptance (NMA).
Read about the Victorian Collaborative Healthcare Recovery Initiative (VCHRI), a state-wide collaboration between MACH, Monash Partners and Western Alliance, that seeks to develop projects that contribute to the redesign and improvement of Victoria’s healthcare system during recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through research-led innovation
Recent News & Media
University of Melbourne - COVID-19: Global Health Perspectives
University of Melbourne - Clinical Ethics & COVID-19
University of Melbourne - Critical Care Essentials for Nurses
University of Melbourne - COVID-19 Lung Ultrasound (free)
University of Melbourne - Communicating COVID-19: Preparing clinicians to tackle challenging questions (free)
COVID-19 Research Funding
$1 million for research to support research to understand how the mental health system can be enhanced to be most effective and responsive during and following the acute COVID-19 crisis. Now open - Closes 13 July
$4 million for digital health research infrastructure to help health systems respond faster to high-need emerging challenges. Opens 1 July - Closes 14 July
$600,000 for research to understand the community’s information needs and behavioural drivers during outbreaks, and strategies to address these. Opens 1 July - Closes 14 July
News & Media
Bill Gates donates $10m to Australian trial of immune-boosting vaccine (The Age)
Watch the online series from UoM 'Life Beyond Coronavirus: The Expert View'