FAQ: Volunteering and participating in a clinical research study
Most of our studies are conducted in our research clinics. There are two clinics, one in Adelaide, South Australia and one in Westmead, New South Wales.
The Adelaide clinic is located on the ground floor of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building on North Terrace in Adelaide.
The Westmead clinic is located on level 3 of the East Tower (IQ) building on Hawkesbury Road in Westmead.
For more details please visit Adelaide Metro for bus, train and tram timetables.
For information on how to get to our Westmead clinic visit Transport NSW[Link will open in a new window] for bus, train and ferry timetables.
Yes. We pay reasonable travel costs for parking and public transport.
Every study is different. You may be asked to attend for one visit, once a week for 6 weeks or every fortnight for a year.
The time commitment will be outlined for you prior to participating.
Volunteers are free to withdraw at any time during the study.
CSIRO staff also reserve the right to terminate participation at any time if it is deemed that the study is not in the person’s best interest, if they are unable to follow the protocol of the study, or if the study is discontinued.
It is very important that you read the study Information sheet that is given to you when you register for a study.
The information sheet specifies all details relating to study criteria and participation requirements.
You can register your interest in becoming a volunteer on our participate in a study page.
Yes. The CSIRO are obligated to comply with the Privacy act 1988 and the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in a Human Research 2007.
By becoming a volunteer, you are assisting our scientific researchers to provide health information to the local and global community.
Scientific findings from our research are often published in international journals and we always aim to provide tangible outcomes and programs for people to use in the community.
We use our research to develop diet and wellbeing programs. The findings are also used to provide recommendations around food, nutrition, health, wellbeing, and product guidelines to government agencies and companies.
There are short term and long term advantages of being involved.
Short term, you get to meet some new people and feel good that you are sharing your time for a greater cause.
Long term you are contributing to the health of Australians and citizens worldwide.
Risks are minimal and will be listed in the information sheet for each study. If you have any concerns before, during or after the study one of our staff would be happy to talk about it with you.