Help Kiwis live longer, happier, and healthier lives
Clinical research volunteers who give their precious time and energy are at the heart of all medical advancements.
Effective medical treatments would not exist without the volunteers who first tested them in clinical trials. Despite this, many illnesses still lack effective treatments.
By participating in clinical research, you’re helping researchers find more effective solutions to potentially improve lives.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Vaccine Study
People aged 65 years or older, with a history of urinary tract infections (UTIs), are at an increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection caused by an E. coli bacteria.
Volunteers may be eligible if they are 65 years or over and have recurring UTIs, or have had an infection within the last 2 years, and live in Auckland. To find out more about how you could help, please click the arrow below.
What our volunteers experience
"I volunteer because what we do today, reflects on our children and grandchildren." - Fale
"It makes me feel like I'm making a real difference in the lives of other people." - Colleen
"The whole staff are friendly, they've become like family to me." - Sue
Why volunteer with us?
We believe people choose Optimal Clinical Trials because of the outstanding experience they have with us - from the first contact with our friendly engagement specialists through to our welcoming reception and expert medical team.
Our volunteers also benefit from:
- Compensation for their valuable time
- Free parking
- Great location (near Auckland hospital)
- Easy access
- Light refreshments
- Pre-arranged transport for those who need it
We are dedicated to providing our volunteers with the best possible experience, because without them we wouldn’t be able to advance medicine.
Why volunteer for research?
Did you know that 72% of Kiwis are willing to participate in a clinical trial of a new medicine?* In a survey last year, we asked our volunteers why they volunteer.
56% of the volunteers surveyed participate in clinical research for more than one reason:
- To help advance medicine
- To help current and future patients in need
- To try potential treatments for their own existing conditions.
*2020 NZHR Kantar Opinion Poll
Frequently asked questions
We have the answers to lots of common questions on our FAQs page, including:
- How much time is involved?
- Is it safe?
- What do I have to do to participate?
- Will my medical information remain private?
Click the arrow below to view frequently asked questions.