Status as at: 1st October 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.
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
Very few COVID-19 cases are reported across Australia each day, and each state has a roadmap that outlines further easing of restrictions over the coming weeks. Importantly, such restrictions do not apply to hospital trial units, the vast majority of which are operating ‘business as usual’.
CTA continues to effectively support our Member sites remotely, with plans under development to return to our office locations.
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.
- 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