The biobank is a game changer for health and medical research in NSW.
It’s made possible through a partnership between the Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Health Pathology, Sydney Local Health District and Health Infrastructure.
Certified and purpose-built, it’s located in the heart of a renowned research hub within the Professor Marie Bashir Centre on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Campus, Sydney.
It has the technology to safely store and process more than 3 million samples.
It can support research projects, clinical trials and biospecimen collections anywhere in NSW, offering:
- sample collection at NSWHP collection sites across the state
- transport, processing, storage and access
- data linkage via the CHeReL.
Support is also offered for large-scale population studies to help track health trends across the state and disease-specific studies, such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and rare diseases.
Participation and consent
Obtaining informed consent for future unspecified biobanking research is a recognised challenge for the international research community.
That’s why we helped develop the NSW Health Consent Toolkit which standardises processes to support broad-based, ethical and informed consent.
It provides support, guidance, expertise and templates for those seeking consent from participants to donate samples and link personal information to these samples.