Contact details

Clinical Trial Facility, level 1, Bonython Jubilee Building, Frome Road, City East Campus, Adelaide.
Postal Address: GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001

For more information about research volunteering, please contact:

 

Email: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au
Telephone: +61 8 8302 1365

 

Louise Massie: Clinical Trial Facility Coordinator
Telephone: +61 8 8302 2097
Email: louise.massie@unisa.edu.au

 

Kellie La Fontaine: Sansom Institute Manager
Telephone: +61 8 8302 1225
Email: kellie.lafontaine@unisa.edu.au

 

 

Volunteers

Volunteer

Research Volunteers

Learn more about our clinical research activities and how you can help by becoming a research volunteer.

The study specific information below provides details on the research, the level of participation (which may vary from a simple blood collection and questionnaires, through to more involved procedures) and the criteria for participation. (Volunteers must qualify for a study).

All enquires are treated with the strictest confidence. These projects have been granted ethics approval by the UniSA Human Research Ethics Committee.

We are currently seeking participants for the following research studies: 

Are you an emergency services first responder?

First responders may face a range of complex and potentially traumatic situations, including exposure to incidents that put themselves or others at risk of harm, witnessing accidents where death or serious injury cannot be prevented, being involved in suicide negotiation and/or attending traumatic deaths. Consequently, the mental health of first responders can be greatly affected, with increased risk of post-traumatic stress (PTS), other mental health conditions and burnout.

The University of South Australia, in collaboration with The Road Home, would like to learn about your experiences of seeking help for mental health concerns after being exposed to a traumatic situation as a first responder.

For more information click here and to participate, please contact Ms Heather Eaton. Email: Heather.Eaton@unisa.edu.au;
Phone: 8302 1132.

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee.

Are you experiencing menopause hot flushes/night sweats?

We want to find out whether sunlight can improve hot flushes. You are invited to participate in the research project to help answer this important question.

Do you:

  • Currently have ≥ 2 hot flushes daily OR 14 hot flushes per week
  • Have experienced hot flushes for ≥ 30 days prior to study entry
  • Currently employed at 0.6 (3 days/wk or more)
  • Will continue with the current work schedule for the next 6 months
  • No diagnosis of severe mental illnesses OR major cardiac conditions
  • Not on any of the following medications/treatments in the past 2 months, now and in the next 6 months. 
    • Chemo and/or radiation therapy for cancer treatment
    • Hormone replacement therapy: estrogen/progestogen, androgen
    • Bilateral oophorectomy

Participants will be given a $100 shopping voucher for successful data collection and a free assessment of your light exposure pattern (particularly sunlight) and hot flushes.

Full details, click here

Contact:   Dr Andie Xu; Tel: 08 83022531; Email: andie.xu@unisa.edu.au; Working hrs: Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1700hrs

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees at Central Adelaide Local Health Network (R20171018) & University of South Australia (200246)

Can brain stimulation improve connectivity and motor learning?

Researchers at the University of South Australia, City-East Campus are conducting experiments to investigate the relationship between brain connectivity and motor learning. Following success of our first session in 2017, we would now like to invite suitable participants to attend our secondary study. Participants will be required to attend a single session (approximately 90 minutes in duration) at the Sansom Institute for Health Research Clinical Trials Facility (Level 1 Bonython Jubilee Building UniSA City-East Campus).

 You may be eligible to participate if you:

•          are 18-30 years old
•          Have not previously participated in our 2017 study
•          are right-handed
•          are not taking any medications that may alter neural excitability (antidepressants, sedatives, antipsychotics,
           analgesics, anxiolytics, anticonvulsants)
•          have not been previously diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition
•          have not previously completed a visuomotor finger tracking task
•          have not previously experienced tACS
•          do not have visual impairments (i.e. uncorrected by glasses/contact lenses)
•          do not have musculoskeletal conditions of the upper limb
•          do not have any contraindications to brain stimulation (based on the ‘brain stimulation safety screening
           questionnaire’)

During the session, you will be seated in a comfortable chair. An 64-electrode EEG cap will by placed over your scalp and adjusted to fit. Two 3-minute EEG recordings will be taken whilst you relax and sit quietly. After initial EEG recordings are taken, a non-invasive and painless brain stimulation technique, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) will be applied over your scalp for 20 minutes. You will then undergo one last EEG recording to determine any changes in brain connectivity, before completing a series of computerized motor learning tasks (approximately 30 minutes).

Participation in this study is voluntary. All participants will go in the draw to win a $50 Coles/Myer voucher at the completion of the study.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact the Sansom Institute of Research Clinical Trials Facility on (08) 8302 1365, or email sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia Human research ethics committee APP: 0000036438

Have you had gestational diabetes?

We are looking for women who have had gestational diabetes (diabetes that first develops in pregnancy) to take part in a survey investigating how they feel about their weight and what sort of things might make being healthy and losing weight either difficult or easy.

Volunteers will take part in a one-off online survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Participants who complete the survey will have the option of going in to a draw to win  $50

If you are interested in taking part you can complete the survey now by following the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LifeAfterGestationalDiabetes

If you would like further information please call (08) 8302 1365 or email sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au.

This study has been approved by The University of South Australia’s Human Ethics committee

We want your opinion about fat

 There is much confusing and conflicting information about diet in the media. Where do people turn for trustworthy nutrition advice?

With this brief online survey we would like to know your perception and understanding of the health benefits of fat in our diet, and information provided by official dietary guidelines and popular health websites.

If you live in Australia and are 18 years or older you are eligible to take part. This project has ethics approval from the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

To take part please click here: https://ap1trial.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08SJaMuMixC5RxH

Are you a Cancer Survivor?

Researchers from the University of South Australia are seeking adults who have been treated for cancer to take part in a relaxed focus group discussion about life after cancer treatment.

The goal of this study is to determine what researchers should measure to understand the long term impacts of cancer.

  • Time required will be one hour
  • Held at the University of South Australia City East Campus
  • Recruiting until January 2018

If you are interested in participating, please contact,  Ph: 8302 1365 or
email: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au

Life after cancer treatment survey

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee

Weight loss study for women who have had Gestational Diabetes

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a weight loss study to investigate whether an intermittent energy restricted diet, also known as the "5:2 diet" can help women who have had Gestational Diabetes (diabetes that develops in pregnancy) lose weight and prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes.  If you have had Gestational Diabetes in the last five years, you may be eligible to participate.

Volunteers will be asked to follow a specific diet program, either the 5:2 diet (2 days of very low calorie intake and 5 days of sensible eating) or a conventional diet where calories are moderately reduced every day (you will be randomly assigned to a diet group and cannot choose which one you are allocated to).

Participation in the study will last 12 months and will involve 7 appointments with the project's Research Dietician at UniSA's Sansom Clinical Trials Facility on Frome Road.  We will ask to take a blood sample on 3 occasions throughout the study to check your glucose and insulin levels as well as cholesterol.  Upon completion of the study, volunteers will receive an honorarium payment of $50.

If you would like more information about the study please contact:  Tele: 8302 1365 or via email: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au for a detailed information sheet.

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee

Healthy mother - infant outcomes

We are seeking  new mothers and their infants to participate in a study investigating a new tool to assess healthy mother – infant outcomes.

  • Are you over 18 years
  • Did not have a multiple birth
  • Are able to understand and communicate in the English language 

If eligible you will be asked to attend one 30 minute session at the Sansom Institute for Health Research Clinical Trial Facility.

For further information please contact  Phone:  8302 1365   Email:  sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au

5:2 Diet - Type 2 Diabetes Medication Management Study

Volunteers needed to investigate the effect of the 5:2 diet on medication management in people with Type 2 Diabetes. If you have medication controlled Type 2 Diabetes you may be eligible to be involved, see eligible medications below:

Volunteers will be asked to wear a continuous blood glucose monitor for 4 weeks. For the first 2 weeks you will eat your usual diet. For the second 2 weeks we will make some changes to your diabetes medication dosages so that you can follow the 5:2 diet, 2 days of strict eating and 5 days of sensible eating.

Participation in the study will last 4 weeks and will involve 4 visits to UniSA’s Sansom Clinical Trials Facility on Frome Rd.

Upon successful completion of the study, volunteers will receive an honorarium payment of $100.

If you would like more information about the study please contact:
Ph: 8302 1365 or Email: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au

For further details click here

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee

Paediatric and Child Health nurses’ parent education practice and parents’ experiences and expectations of health education. An action Research project.

What do you want to learn from your child’s visit/stay at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital or Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS)?

We are looking for  parent/carer participants to provide feedback on their learning needs and to help create ways to improve learning opportunities.

If your child is 0-12 years of age and you are interested in participating please:

For further details
•             Call (Mrs) Deryn Thompson 0456 424 475  or  email:   deryn.thompson@mymail.unisa.edu.au

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee

Are you the parent of a child aged 3 to 7 years?

We are looking for parents of children aged 3-7 years to take part in a study investigating how we can design better questions to measure young children’s food intake.

Volunteers will take part in a once-off interview in which they will ‘think aloud’ as they complete questions about their child’s food intake. Participants will also be asked to provide feedback on improvements to food questionnaires.

Parents who complete the study will be entered into a draw to win one of 20 copies of Jamie Oliver’s book ‘Super Food Family Classics’

Further information flyer.  Please contact 83021365  or email  sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee
This study will end 23 December 2017.

Exploring the relationship between virtual reality enhanced exercise and episodic memory retention.

  • Participants must be aged between 18 - 30 or 65+ years of age
  • Have not been diagnosed with dementia
  • Do not have blindness or vision difficulties which cannot be corrected by the use of glasses/contacts
  • Are not currently taking any medications that may affect your physical or cognative abilities
  • Have not previously been diagnosed with a medical or psychiatric disease
  • Do not have any known intellectual disabilities

All participants will receive a $30 Coles Myer voucher at the  conclusion of the study.

Further details

Please contact 83021365  or email  sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au for more information about this study

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee

Researchers at The University of South Australia are conducting experiments to investigate the effect of past illicit drug use on brain control of movement.

Illicit drug use and brain control of movement
•             Participants must be aged between 18 – 50 years
•             Participants with a history of cannabis, ecstasy, and/or methamphetamine use are invited to participate
•             The study involves approximately 4 hours in total over 2-3 sessions.
•             Further criteria apply, please contact for more details

All participants will be compensated for their time ($10 per hour)

Further details

Please contact Verity Pearson-Dennett:   verity.pearson-dennett@unisa.edu.au,  for more information about this study

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee

Researchers at The University of South Australia are investigating community knowledge of the effects of methamphetamine (or ‘ice’) on health.

Individuals aged 18-50 years with no history of illicit stimulant use (i.e. no history of methamphetamine, ecstasy, or cocaine use) are invited to participate. Participation in the study involves completing an anonymous online questionnaire on your history of drug use, knowledge of the effects of methamphetamine on health, and your mental and physical health. The questionnaire will take approximately 20 mins to complete.

Participants that complete the questionnaire will have the option of entering a prize draw to win one of twenty $100 Coles Myer vouchers .

More information

Please contact 83021365  or email  sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au for more information about this study

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee

Study investigating the effect of High Calcium Milk vs a Calcium Supplement on Bone Health

Volunteers neede to investigate the effect of high calcium milk versus a calcium supplement on bone health.  You may be eligible for this study if you are:

  • Post-menopausal (at least 5 years since menopause)
  • Not on any osteoporotic medication (eg bisphosphonates)
  • Able to consume milk
  • Non diabetic

If you would like to participate in this study, you will be asked to attend the Sansom Clinical Trials facility over five weeks and will involve four visits.

Upon successful completion of the study, volunteers will receive an honorarium of $200 and all participants will receive a copy of their DXA report as well as a summary of the study findings.

Contact: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Brain control of movement

Researchers at The University of South Australia are conducting experiments to investigate the effect of past illicit drug use on brain control of movement. Participants must be 40-50 years of age. Participants with and without a history of illicit drug use are invited to participate.

Contact: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Stroke study

The University of South Australia is seeking people who have had a stroke and are not on beta-blocker medication to take part in a research project.

Participants will be asked to attend two sessions and will be reimbursed for travel costs.

Contact: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Perinatal Food & Mood Study

We are looking for women who are between 8 and 15 weeks pregnant to take part in this study.

You will be asked to complete 4 online questionnaires, 2 during pregnancy and 2 in the early postnatal months.

​If you would like to take part in this important study, please read on for more details.

Contact: Angie Willcocks sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Soldier combat ensemble and range of motion

We are seeking healthy males & females aged between 18-24, to participate in a study investigating how wearing soldier combat ensemble affects range of motion (ROM). The study will involve 2 visits of not more than 3 hours total.

Contact: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Breast and Prostate cancer pre-treatment exercise program

The Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at the University of South Australia is seeking Breast and Prostate cancer patients to participate in a research study commencing in September 2016.

Contact: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Prostate cancer survivors exercise study

We are seeking Prostate cancer survivors aged over 55 years to participate in a research study commencing in August 2016. The study will evaluate the effects of different types of exercise on quality of life.

Contact: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Mental Training for Skilled Learning Study

You may be eligible to participate if you are healthy and aged between 18-35 years of age, are right-handed from birth and fulfil other criteria in the ‘More information’ link below.

Contact: russell.chan@mymail.unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1310 or sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au  Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details

Choice and Control Study

Want to have your say about choice and control following spinal cord injury/brain injury? Want to be involved in research that will be helpful for improving the lives of people who experience an injury and their family members in the future? 

Contact: michelle.guerin@unisa.edu.au or mandy.stanley@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 2795
More information and further contact details

Chronic headache and diet quality study

Female volunteers are needed to investigate the link between diet and headache.

Contact: sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au - Ph: (08) 8302 1365
More information and further contact details


Human Research Ethics Committee

All clinical research activities must be approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee which is guided by the:


Areas of study and research

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