CEO, Praxis, Sydney, Australia
Melanie has spent the last 20 years of her career within the Australian Clinical Trials environment and has seen it progress from a fledgling industry to its current advanced and exciting network across Australia. She is a passionate and dedicated research advocate who is committed to improving access to education and training of the highest quality for the entire Australian research sector. This is made possible through her current role as founding CEO of PRAXIS Australia, an NFP education provider fast becoming a leader in the Australian sector through various models including its flagship training model, Research Essentials.
Business Essentials - Applying a Standard Business Skill Set to Grow your Site
Clinical Trials represent a significant source of revenue; at national and institutional levels, and importantly for the sites across the research eco-system that rely on sponsor and public funding mechanisms to ensure their survival.
A significant gap in training and core skill and knowledge development exists in the area of business management skills. Site managers are tasked with turning sites into successful business models, but their understanding of the fundamental principles of business management, both hard and soft skills, is lacking. Historically, support has been ad-hoc, and sites commonly struggle to maintain financial viability. Business success ensures our sites can continue to provide essential access to clinical trials for the patient groups we serve. It’s less about profit and more about sustainability.
This session will explore some of the essential business skills and knowledge required, and provide some guidance that sites can deploy to help them to improve their practice, and to ensure they can remain competitive and viable.