Online Training

RETP Online Courses:

Critical Appraisal of Scientific Papers

This course provides a systematic approach to the critical appraisal of peer-reviewed published research. The focus will be on studies that have been undertaken to determine the effectiveness of a new treatment (i.e. the randomised controlled trial [RCT]). Although examples of other study designs are included, details pertaining to their critical appraisal are limited.

This module will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

Feedback from participants on 'the best aspects' of the course:

  • 'Easy to read slides which were fast to complete'.
  • 'Concepts were explained very clearly and simply.'
  • 'The language used was clear and the topics progressed in a logical manner'.
  • 'Easy and clear to understand, topics well explained and covered'.
  • 'Simply having a free resource such as this is fantastic.'
  • 'Detailed explanation but easy to understand.

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Foundations of Health Research

In this module, participants will learn:

1.   What research means & understand the benefits of research

2.   The research process

3.   What makes a research idea worth pursuing

4.   How to turn an idea into a clear, answerable research question

5.   How to map different research question types to different research study design options

This module will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete.

Feedback from participants on 'the best aspects' of the course:

  • "Very informative and simple and easy to understand. Focuses on main points".
  • "Easily understandable, well presented".
  • "Great links to external references".
  • "Convenient, well structured".
Research Protocol Development

On completion of this module, participants will be able to understand what is required for a Study Protocol, the key headings and suitable content for each section.

The study protocol is a plan or roadmap outlining everything you will do across the course of a research project. It is the what, why, who, where, how and when of the work to be done that describes how the clinical trial or research project will be conducted. The preparation of a Study Protocol is an important first step in the research planning process and creates a record of the study aims and procedures.

This module will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Feedback from participants on 'the best aspects' of the course:

  • “The flow and cohesion of information”.
  • “I enjoyed the format of the presentation, a very logical progression”.
  • “Simple and easy”.
  • “Clear information”.

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Identifying Grant Opportunities: A guide for health researchers

This module is intended to provide participants with an overview of three main areas:

  1. Identify funding opportunities
  2. Identify the right funding opportunities for a research project
  3. Understand eligibility for competitive grants.

This module will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Feedback from participants on 'the best aspects' of the course:

  • “Clear explanations on each slide”.
  • “The lists and links to all funding research bodies”.
  • “Informative”.
  • “Clearly presented and relevant. Fantastic resources”.
Literature Searching and Management

In this module, participants will see how effective literature searching and reference management inform their research and increase their productivity.

By the end of the module participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the value of literature searching to your research strategy, both in formulating and answering a research question.
  2. Demonstrate your competence to perform a basic literature search.
  3. Describe ways to refine a literature search.
  4. Explain the value of citation analysis in evaluating literature.
  5. List methods for keeping up to date via alerts.
  6. Describe the role of reference management software in research writing.

This module will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Feedback from participants on 'the best aspects' of the course:

  • “The visual guidance”.
  • “Found out about citation alerts”.
  • “Clear information on conducting focussed lit search”.
Health Economics: Application to Research

Economic evaluation is a necessary inclusion in translation of health research to policy. An understanding of the resource implications enables budget allocation in a climate of constrained resources. This module is targeted to researchers, but the implications of resource use have relevance for everyone working in health care.

On completion of this online training, participants will be able to:

  1. Define health economics and understand its breadth and the context of economic evaluation
  2. Identify the necessary components in calculating cost-effectiveness
  3. Recognise the economic translation requirements in a research proposal

This module will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

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Good Clinical Practice Version 3

A key requirement for everyone involved in the conduct of research involving human participants is regular Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. GCP training provides the ethical and scientific standards and guidelines by which all research is conducted and is considered essential for all researchers. These training modules cover key components of GCP including responsibilities, approvals, informed consent, documents, data management, safety and adverse events. This GCP Online Training meets the Minimum Criteria for ICH GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors.

A certificate can be self-generated on successful completion of all five modules. Each Module will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

GCP Modules Overview:

Module 1: GCP Origins and Principles.

This module will cover the basic principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), why it exists, and the need to continually update skills as well as Identify the set of guidelines and frameworks which govern the setup and conduct of human research.

Module 2: Researchers Responsibilities and Essential Documents.

In this module you will learn the roles and responsibilities of the research study team, the purpose of essential documents that make up a ‘Site File’ and understand record management requirements related to essential documents.

Module 3: Informed Consent.

In this module the following will be covered: the origins and definition of the informed consent process; considerations for developing an informed consent form; how to obtain informed consent; the Human Research Ethics approval process for consent; differences for special populations and record management requirements for participant recruitment, consent and withdrawal.

Module 4: Safety Reporting.

This module covers: the importance of safety reporting, the classification of different adverse events and reactions and reporting requirements for specific staff (Investigator, Sponsor, Institution/Study Site(s), Data Safety Monitoring Board, Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration).

Module 5: Source Data and Data Management.

This module will cover the processes of effective data management through an understanding of: source data; effective study design; the data collection phase, including monitoring; the data cleaning phase and when to close the database.

Some feedback from our online participants on the ‘best aspects’ of the GCP online course (from GCP v.2):

  • "Providing both historical and contemporary examples of adverse outcomes from clinical trials helps emphasise how important standards are".
  • "Easy to follow".
  • "The introduction explaining how the different guidelines and standards are derived and created".
  • "I was able to complete the training at my own pace. The information was well presented and the examples used were very interesting".