The Research Education and Training Program (RETP) is an enabling platform of the Western Australia Health Translation Network (WAHTN). The RETP is funded by WA Department of Health and has a remit to develop and deliver online research skills training topics.
Research in the Health sector is an essential component for the continual improvement of clinical practice and directly contributes to the health and wellbeing of patients as well as impacting on efficiencies in health delivery. Ensuring that staff receive the correct level of training and education is key to clinical research being conducted at a high standard.
The RETP aims to provide busy health practitioners with open access to comprehensive research skills training across the entire research process. The benefits of a well-trained health research work force include a higher standard of meaningful research projects, a greater likelihood of successful completion and most importantly, better health outcomes for study participants and the broader WA community.
What does the program provide?
- A range of online training modules across the whole research process
- Access to additional research skills resources
- Links to other training opportunities in research skills
Our training is freely available to any staff within the collaborative network of the WAHTN and is designed to support busy professionals with flexible training options.
The topics and content are developed by our team in collaboration with a range of content experts to ensure that the training provided is practical, concise and suitable for clinical staff from any background and level of experience.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training
A key requirement for everyone involved in the conduct of research involving human participants is regular Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. Our GCP training modules cover key components of GCP including responsibilities, approvals, informed consent, documents, data management, safety and adverse events. A certificate can be self-generated on successful completion of all five modules.
A testimonial on our GCP training modules:
“Excellent overview on GCP with stimulating method of presentation. Held my interest throughout.”
(Professor Peter Thompson, Deputy Director Harry Perkins Institute; Chair, Clinical Trials Advisory Group, WAHTN; Consultant Cardiologist and Head of the Heart Research Institute (Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital) & Clinical Professor of Medicine, UWA).