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GPs engage with STAREE trial

STAREE is one of the programs within the newly established Curtin Centre for Clinical Research and Education (CCRE), headed by Professor Christopher Reid. STAREE is being run in conjunction with Curtin University, Monash University, the University of Newcastle and the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research.

The STAREE GP dinner.
The STAREE GP dinner.

STAREE is a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled primary prevention trial designed to assess whether daily active treatment of 40 mg atorvastatin will enhance disability-free survival (death, dementia and disability), and prevent major cardiovascular outcomes in healthy participants aged 70 years and over.

On Wednesday 28 September, Curtin’s STAREE team hosted a General Practitioner (GP) dinner meeting at the Bentley campus. The purpose of the session was to provide more information on the STAREE trial to GPs who have engaged with the trial, or who are interested in engaging as GP co-investigators for the Perth study site.

The attendees were treated to a tour of the new medical school by Associate Professor Fraser Brims, who spoke about the establishment of the Curtin Medical School and the current research foci of their group. Professor Christopher Reid then provided an overview on the CCRE, which is NHMRC–funded, and the other trials/programs being established by the group. Professor Mark Nelson, who is part of the STAREE program in Tasmania, provided detailed information about STAREE and the importance of GP participation in clinical trial programs.

The Perth team has recently celebrated the randomisation of their first 80 participants into the STAREE trial in Western Australia, which is a great achievement. Their target is to randomise over 1,000 more participants. With the help of passionate GPs, like the ones in attendance at the dinner meeting, the team is confident it will be able to exceed the targets set. Congratulations to Annie Syred, Alison Hodge, Jenny Prince, Sue Critchley and Daniel Xu for their work on the program.

The CCRE team, Dr Grant McPherson, Dr Dan Xu, Jacquita Affandi, Professor Chris Reid, Si Si.
The CCRE team, Dr Grant McPherson, Dr Dan Xu, Jacquita Affandi, Professor Chris Reid and Si Si.

In other CCRE news, the team recently had a booth at the Seniors Recreation Council’s Have a Go Day, and their presence attracted a huge amount of interest. The event, held annually at Burswood Park, attracts 12,000 – 15,000 people each year.

From 9 am to 3 pm the team:

  • did approximately 80 blood pressure checks
  • distributed hundreds of information brochures about STAREE and the Healthy Living Clinic
  • collected names of those requesting further information about participation
  • made many contacts with organisations happy to post STAREE flyers on noticeboards, have STAREE team members speak at club meetings and put STAREE notices in their organisation’s newsletters
  • were kept busy all day having conversations with people about statins, STAREE, cardiovascular risk, and the Healthy Living Clinic, and found people interested, helpful and engaged (one man even offered to letter box drop for the project).
The Curtin team at Have a Go Day.
The Curtin team at Have a Go Day.

STAREE Clinical Trial Project Officer, Sue Critchley, said the event was a fantastic success.

“Every contact helped to create community awareness about Curtin’s Healthy Living clinic and STAREE, which is exactly what we aimed for,” Ms Critchley said.

For further information on the STAREE program please contact Sue Critchley or visit the website here.

Written by Gemma Richman, School Business Manager School of Public Health and Sue Critchley, Clinical Trial Project Officer School of Public Health