Friday, 10 May 2013

North West Victorian welcome world-first aspirin trial

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Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne and Councillor Sharyon Peart formally welcomed the ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) study at a launch in the rural city recently. Over 50 ASPREE participants, their family, friends, GPs, practice managers and other interested parties attended the highly successful event at the Monash Regional Clinical School in Mildura.

 ASPREE participants, their family, friends, GPs, practice managers and other interested parties attended the highly successful event at the Monash Regional Clinical School in Mildura. ASPREE Principal Investigator, Prof John McNeil, Executive Officer Assoc. Prof Robyn Woods and Regional Manager, Dr Sharyn Fitzgerald flew from Melbourne to Mildura for the day. There they met with Greg Ralph, the ASPREE senior study co-ordinator from Bendigo, who has signed up over 20 local GP Co-investigators to the trial.

The day included a tour of the Monash Regional Clinical School, which places around 30 medical students, ranging from third to fifth year, in the acute hospital centre, general practice and community health settings each year. The school’s modern simulation facilities were particularly impressive (pictured below).

The ASPREE team would like to thank Associate Professor Fiona Wright, Director of the Regional Clinical School in Mildura for the school’s support before, during and following the launch of the trial in north west Victoria.

ASPREE field staff from Bendigo and Melbourne will regularly travel to Mildura to undertake study visits in the 140 or so healthy older people who have already enrolled in the trial.

Simulation facilities at the Monash Regional Clinical School in Mildura

 ASPREE is a large international primary prevention aspirin trial in healthy people aged 70 and over.  Led by Monash University in Australia, the study aims to enrol over 19,000 participants to the trial. To be involved or to know more, visit http://www.aspree.org

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