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An introduction to evidence-based practice, clinical research and GCP for clinicians working in the AOD sector

Are you a clinician who is interested in research but aren’t sure where to start?


NCCRED hosted three introductory webinars in February for clinicians interested in clinical research.


An introduction to evidence-based practice, clinical research and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinicians working in the AOD sector.


Having consulted widely with peak NGOs, there was agreement over the value in building evidence-based treatments, practices and outcomes for clients through clinical research. To this end NCCRED developed a series of webinars introducing the key concepts of clinical research for those in the AOD sector wishing to take the next step.

The webinars covered the fundamentals of establishing and conducting good clinical research, in an attempt to make the process accessible and attractive to new researchers.

See below for information and links to watch the webinars below.

Webinar 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice for clinicians in the AOD sector – Tuesday 2nd February 2021 2pm

Length: 1 hour

Workshop Goal: This module seeks to help you progress your level of knowledge in utilising evidence to facilitate evidence-based practice, and to improve patient/client outcomes.

Description: The module discusses the concept of ‘evidence-based practice’, which is the process of ‘integrating the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and the patient’s unique values and circumstances’. This may include identifying, searching, retrieving, and appraising information from a range of diverse resources, and applying this into practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, you will have an understanding of:

  • How to clearly define a research question or topic that you would like to address in your workplace
  • Accessing health science data bases to review research literature
  • Critically appraising the literature
  • Using research literature to inform evidence-based practice

Download ‘Introduction to Evidence Based Practice’ PDF slides 

Evidence Based Practice databases

Turning Research Into Practice (TRIP) Pro Database http://www.tripdatabase.com

PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick)- Evidence https://www.pdq-evidence.org/

The Cochrane Library https://www.cochranelibrary.com/

PubMed https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

UpToDate https://www.uptodate.com/home

The Joanna Briggs Institute https://joannabriggs.org/ebp

Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal https://www.clinicalguidelines.gov.au/

Bandolier (UK) http://www.bandolier.org.uk/

Open Access Button Service https://openaccessbutton.org/

Researchgate https://www.researchgate.net/








Critical Appraisal tools

Critical Appraisal Skills Program https://casp-uk.net/

Joanna Briggs Institute Critical Appraisal Tools https://jbi.global/critical-appraisal-tools

Other resources

The James Lind Library  http://www.jameslindlibrary.org

Drug and Alcohol Findings (UK) http://www.findings.org.uk

Webinar 2: Introduction to Clinical Research for clinicians in the AOD sector – Tuesday 9th February 2pm

Length: 1 hour

Workshop Goal: To give staff working in AOD clinical settings an understanding of the key concepts and principles of clinical research and the benefits of introducing research into the clinical setting.

Description: An overview of the basic concepts of clinical research, focusing on the main areas of why and how clinical research is carried out, the importance of ethics in research, and an outline of the five main clinical study designs.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, you will have an understanding of:

  • The basic concepts of clinical research e.g. what it is, how it differs from standard care and why it is undertaken
  • Five of the most commonly used study designs
  • Asking focussed questions / formulate a clinical question
  • Ethics in research and why informed consent is necessary

Download ‘Introduction to Clinical Research’ PDF slides

Webinar 3: Introduction to Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Research (ICH-GCP E6 R(2)) for clinicians working in the AOD sector – Tuesday 16th February 1pm

Length: 4 hours

Workshop Goal: To give participants involved in research and trials a thorough understanding of all aspects of Good Clinical Practice and how it applies to everyday trial management .

Description: The workshop contains five sessions of guidance, education, activities and interactive learning that cover all components of Good Clinical Practice relevant to staff working on research and clinical trials that involve humans . The course will be specifically focused on clinical research within the Alcohol and other Drug sector.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this workshop you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the interwoven laws, frameworks and guidelines which govern the set up and conduct of clinical research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different individuals and organisations in clinical research
  • Understand the regulatory applications required before clinical research can be started in Australia
  • Identify a range of essential documents and the purpose of maintaining a trial master file
  • Understand the process of receiving informed consent (and equivalent processes where appropriate) and the roles and responsibilities of those involved in this process
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly and accurately complete case report forms and other relevant documentation and understand the process for data query resolution
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the correct reporting requirements that ensure patient safety
  • Know where to go for further advice and support and how to keep updated.

Participants who complete the post-training quiz with a score of 80% or above will be awarded Transcelerate-accredited Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certification, valid for 3 years.

If you missed this webinar and would like to register your interest for GCP training contact us below.