CRDO Workshops

What we offer


2018 Workshops will be announced later this year


1. CORE WORKSHOPS: Practical skills in clinical research 

The Series of 5 introductory CRDO CORE WORKSHOPS are interactive and provide a practical introduction to clinical research. They are principle-based and run for approximately 3.5 hours. Please note, the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) workshop runs for 4 hours and you may choose to enrol in this as a stand-alone option, if you prefer not to take the Series of 5 introductory workshops. See below for more information on the GCP workshop offered by CRDO.
The CORE workshops are targeted at those working in, or wishing to enter, the clinical and public health research field. Those with experience in research as well as those new to research will benefit from the workshops. The training is applicable to Study Coordinators, Research Assistants, Principal Investigators and Students. For further details on what each workshop covers, see below: What to expect from the CRDO CORE WORKSHOPS
The cost of these workshops and the GCP stand-alone workshop (see below) are free to all Melbourne Children's staff and students. Melbourne Children's includes anyone who is an employee/student of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the University Of Melbourne Department Of Paediatrics, or The Royal Children's Hospital. The cost of the workshops for external participants (i.e. those who are not affiliated with Melbourne Children's) is $350 per workshop. 


The CRDO Good Clinical Practice (GCP) workshop meets the Minimum Criteria for ICH GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma, Inc. as necessary for mutual recognition of GCP training among clinical trial sponsors. This means that most pharmaceutical industry sponsors should accept the CRDO training course, and not require that you undertake company specific training. Most HRECs now also require researchers to have TransCelerate-recognised GCP certification. For the cost of these workshops, refer above in the CORE WORKSHOP section. If you wish to come along to our stand-alone campus workshop please click the link below to register:

REGISTER NOW for the 2018 GCP workshop

Please note: The first workshop for 2018 has been confirmed and you're welcome to enrol! More dates for 2018 will be released shortly.

Alternative TransCelerate-recognised options are available free of charge only to Melbourne Children’s staff and students (RCH, MCRI, UoMP) in the form of on-line courses. These on-line courses are conducted via the CITI Program and include: 
  • On-line GCP basic certification
  • On-line GCP refresher certification (for those who have completed the CRDO Good Clinical Practice or another Transcelerate-recognised GCP course.
Contact the CRDO team at for instrucitons on how to register for the on-line course. 


These workshops are available to campus staff and students only (RCH, MCRI, UoM Dept Paeds)
CRDO collaborates with Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) and the Melbourne Children’s Trial Centre (MCTC) as well as other Campus groups to conduct specialised workshops and conferences throughout the year. The specialised workshops scheduled for 2017 include Budgeting for research and the new one day Introduction to clinical research for new investigators (CEBU/CRDO). Register below for these workshops. 

Budgeting for research

This workshop will increase your understanding of key finance and budgeting terms, the importance of accurate budgeting, how to develop a fully-costed budget, tips on how to moinitor your budget, budget implications of grant funding and more.

Introduction to clinical research for new investigators (CEBU/CRDO)

This workshop is an introduction to the key aspects of clinical research, including designing a research question, drafting an analysis plan, understanding the regulatory environment we operate in and more. 
​Keep in mind that The Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) Human Resources team run a number of workshops for all MCRI staff on soft skills such as influencing, negotiating and how to have difficult conversations. These workshops are also useful for those working in research. 


What to expect from the CRDO CORE WORKSHOPS

The current CRDO CORE workshops syllabus contains the following:

Conducting research in accordance with all the rules and regulations that govern research in Australia can be daunting. This workshop will review the national guidelines and legislation that govern the way we conduct research, including the NHMRC National Statement, the NHMRC Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, as well as the Privacy and Health Records Act. Through activities, you will learn why it's essential that your research project meets these requirements and how to imbed the principles into your project.

From a new project application through to submission of the final report and everything in between, discover what the HRECs and Research Governance Offices require from you, when it's required and why.This session will also demystify the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) and Victorian Specific Module (VSM).

Obtaining valid consent is a vital, active and ongoing process in research. In this workshop you will learn why informed consent is required, what it is and how to obtain it. This workshop will focus on how to write high quality Participant Information and Consent Forms (PICFs) and on the role of communication in the consent process.

To conduct high quality research, Australian researchers need to be compliant with national regulations governing research in Australia. In addition to the regualtions reviewed in the first workshop, Australian researchers are increasingly required to comply with international Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines in the form adopted by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This TransCelerate-recognised, 4-hour GCP workshop will provide an understanding of the key principles and requirements. Working in small groups, participants will learn how to identify principles in common research scenarios.

TransCelerate-recognised GCP certification is mandatory for all staff working on industry sponsored trials and, at most institutions, for principal investigators working on investigator-initiated or collaborative trials. This workshop is also provided as a stand-alone workshop for those not wanting or needing to enrol in the series of core workshops.

This session will explore the tools you will need to run a research project from set up and day-to-day management through to close out and archiving.