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Fast Facts

  • Capital: Canberra
  • Economy: moderate-growth, low-inflation, low interest rate economy, nominal GDP US$1.2 trillion, 2010
  • Health Expenditure: 8.5% of GDP, 2009
  • Population: 21.8 million, 2.6% represents the indigenous population, 2009
  • Average Life Span: 81, 2010
  • Languages: English
  • Adult Literacy Rate: 99% 2009

Health Trends

  • Chronic illness: a growing problem as the population ages. 33% of residents aged 50+ years (2004). This is projected to be up to 48% by 2050.
  • Obesity poses a major risk by increasing the risk of chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease and some Cancers. 68% of adult males and 55% of adult females are overweight / obese and this trend is rising. Increasing Diabetes, much of it still undiagnosed. Prevalence increased from
  • 2.4% of population in 1995 to 3.5% in 2005.
  • Cardiovascular disease - approx 35% of deaths. Cardiovascular disease is the most expensive health condition, costing over 5.5 billion dollars (approx 11% of health system expenditure).
  • Cigarette smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and disease and has one of the highest proportions of overweight citizens in the developed nations in the world.
  • Approx 3.5 million Australians (18%) have a Cardiovascular condition with Hypertension being most common (11%).
  • Cancer - approx 25% of deaths. Prostate, colon and breast most common cancers. Australia has the highest rate of Melanoma in the world.
  • One of the highest rates of Asthma in the world, affecting 10% of the population. Most frequent cause for hospitalisation in children.
  • 15% Australians (3.1 million) have some form of arthritis. Largest cause of chronic pain.
  • High standard of medical care in line with USA /Europe.
  • Government subsidised:

-Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) - for drug therapies.
- Medicare - hospitalisation costs, tests and procedures.

Clinical Trial Landscape

  • Internationally recognised for its science, highly trained workforce and quality of health economic data.
  • Intellectual property regime compares favourably to the EU and US.
  • Proof of concept trials may be conducted in Australia without EU CTA or US IND.
  • Comparative Phase III data generated in Australia also of significant value for local pricing and reimbursement activities.
  • Government incentives to perform local R&D.
  • Highly trained, experienced Principal Investigators and study coordinators.
  • Clinical research can take place within the public and private hospital systems and General Practitioner’s rooms.
  • ICH/GCP compliant centres and well equipped medical centres.
  • Data acceptable for FDA and EMEA submissions.
  • Expertise in using EDC, IVRS, Central Laboratories and Imaging.
  • Fewer competing studies than in US and Central Europe. Investigator and patient availability for clinical trials facilitates fast enrollment - cost effective.
  • Good for seasonal dependent studies as patients can be recruited during quiet times in Northern hemisphere.
  • Good where there is high disease prevalence such as Melanoma and Asthma.
  • 85% of patients live within 2 hours of a major coastal city.
  • Approx 12-16 weeks for EC trial approval.
  • Notification only to regulatory authority in Australia on EC approval - acknowledgement recieved within a few days.
  • Moving to a centralised approach in Australia to streamline process, framework based on EU system.

ICON in Australia

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  • Presence in Australia since 1997
  • 2011 - 100 staff including 48 Clinical Operations staff
  • Currently working 70 studies on across various therapecutic areas including 26 Oncology, 7 Endocrinology, 7 Gastroenterology, 5 Cardiovascular, 5 Nephrology, 5 Infectious Diseases, 4 Dermatology, 3 Respiratory, 3 CNS, 2 Vaccine, 2 Paediatric, and 1 Women's Health

Services Offered

  • Project Management
  • Clinical Monitoring
  • Study start-up and Feasibility
  • Data Management
  • Medical & Safety Services
  • Quality Assurance
  • Business Development
  • DOCS Resourcing Solutions:
    • Functional Resourcing 
    • Flexible Resourcing
    • Permanent Recruitment

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