Calvary Mater Newcastle supports Biomedical Science student

three people smiling for a photoIn the final year of her Biomedical Science degree with the University of New England, Nicole is thrilled to be gaining some valuable experience at Calvary Mater Newcastle while she studies.

Previously working as a Data Manager with the Medical Oncology Clinical Trials Unit, the team at Mater Newcastle are supporting Nicole as she takes on a new challenge as a trainee Clinical Trial Coordinator.

In this role, Nicole will assist the team in carrying out research investigations where patients test new treatments or interventions to better prevent, detect, treat or manage diseases like cancer. According to Nicole, working in clinical trials is great for those interested in research and the clinical aspects of medical science.

“It always seemed so clear cut that post-graduate opportunities meant focusing on lab-based research or stepping into a clinical role. Clinical trials bridge those worlds together,” she said.

“For someone seeking a patient-centred role in an innovative and exciting research space, a clinical trial coordinator role presents this opportunity.”

Nicole is working alongside a dedicated team of clinical trial oncologists, coordinators and support staff who provide a service that is imperative to a patient’s cancer journey.

“Participation in a clinical trial can seem daunting, but our team supports the patient through all aspects of the process,” Nicole said.

Medical Oncology Research Clinical Trials Unit Manager, Kim Adler, echoes Nicole’s sentiments and hopes more students will consider completing their work experience in the unit.

“We encourage university students to pursue work experience in clinical trials as it can be a valuable and rewarding opportunity for their academic and professional development,” Kim said.

“They will gain practical experience and also apply theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios, allowing students to improve research skills.”

As the primary cancer care centre for the Hunter region in NSW with local, national and international research and clinical trial collaborations taking place, Calvary Mater Newcastle is very excited to have Nicole on board.