CTA COVID-19 Response

CTA is fully operational and remote enabled

Contact Details for CTA Management Team

Kurt LackovicCEO0439 352 455[email protected]
Lucy CorrentePA to CEO0400 593 920[email protected]
Michelle ButtonFinance Manager0438 524 124[email protected]
Marie LuciClinical Trials Contracts Manager0402 422 423[email protected]
Jennifer HanClinical Trials Start-Up and Sponsor Relations Manager0413 388 268 [email protected]
Nicola HowellClinical Trials Start-Up Manager0413 467 044 [email protected]
Emily EnglandInformation Systems Manager0448 655 871[email protected]
Susy MontagnerHR Manager0408 023 917 [email protected]

Status as at: 9th July 2020

CTA remains fully operational and is remote enabled.

The Australian government, and more specifically the Victorian Government, took decisive action early to stem infections from COVID-19.

To date, Australia has just over 8,500 COVID infections, and thankfully a very low number of associated deaths.

In preparation for COVID-19, many major public hospitals placed a hold on recruitment to some clinical trials and paused Site Initiation Visits for new trials, so that resources to help plan and train for COVID-19 infections could be released.

The success Australia has had in minimising COVID-19 infections has meant that these holds have largely been removed, with most trials recruiting again, and Site Initiation Visits restarted.

CTA continues to follow advice from DHHS and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre regarding our continued operations within the VCCC building, as well as the advice of other hospitals where our staff are located.

CTA remains well positioned to effect change as advice evolves.  We will regularly update this page as changes to our work practices are made in response to risks posed by the spread of COVID-19.

Current Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

  • The Victorian Government has announced Stay at Home Directions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July until 11.59pm on Wednesday 19 August.
  • The area returning to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions is comprised of 31 metropolitan Melbourne local government areas (LGA) and the Mitchell Shire LGA.
  • For six weeks, people who live in these areas are only allowed to go out for four reasons: shopping for food and supplies, health care and caregiving, outdoor exercise, and study or work – if unable to work or study from home.

 International visitors to the building

  • In line with PMCC policy, international visitors are no longer being met within the VCCC building, and are instead being met virtually via phone/videolink

Specific Travel Information

In line with the latest Australian Government notice, everyone arriving in Australia from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days, effective from midnight, Sunday 15 March.  As such, any CTA staff arriving back to Australia from overseas destinations after that time should self-isolate and contact their manager via phone/email.

Work Related Travel (International)

All CTA work related international travel has been postponed until further notice.

Work Related Travel (Domestic/Interstate)

All CTA work related domestic / interstate travel has been postponed until further notice.

Private Travel

  • CTA strongly encourages staff to cancel or defer personal international travel for their own safety and wellbeing
  • The current Australian Government announcement is that Australians would be banned from travelling overseas effective Wednesday 25th March 2020.
  • CTA discourages staff from undertaking personal domestic travel at this time
  • If you are in a region that is impacted, and moves from DFAT Travel Advisory Level 3 to 4, where DFAT 4 is the most restrictive/highest level of alert, you should organise to depart as soon as possible.

For the latest Australian Government travel information, please see Smartraveller