Site Management

Sonic Clinical Trials' Site Management Organisation is designed to provide clinical research site services to local and international pharmaceutical, biotech and clinical research organisations. SCT has unique access to GP Investigators and patient populations at carefully selected medical centres across Australia within Sonic Healthcare's Independent Practitioners Network (IPN).

IPN is the largest General Practitioner (GP) corporate group in Australia and conducts over 10 million GP consultations across Australia each year. 70% of Australians live within a 10 kilometre radius of an IPN centre.  



Independent Practitioner Network 

  • Owns and operates over 250 multidisciplinary medical centres across Australia
  • Contracts with over 2,000 GPs working in their centres
  • Provides physical facilities
  • Clinical management software
  • Electronic medical records
  • IT support, practice management, finance and billing service
  • Chronic disease management services



Sonic Clinical Trials' (Sonic) SMO

Comprehensive site feasibility targeted for the highest possible patient recruitment per study.


Condition/disease search by physician
Targeted patient search by disease state


Prescription search per condition/disease


Ability to successfully conduct small to large scale clinical studies, providing high quality data with speed and efficiency. Utilising dedicated facilities and equipment for clinical trials within each centre the Sonic Clinical Trials' expert clinical research and operations team supports investigators to provide quality results for both the sponsor and the clinical trial participant.


Study Coordinator Team 

  • Sonic provides trained and experienced study coordinators (SCs) to the medical centres. The SCs play a critical role in site set up, patient identification and recruitment, the conduct of study visits, CRF entry and compliance with study requirements.
  • The team are trained and prepared in time for the site initiation visits (SIVs) and be equipped to move directly into site set up and patient recruitment activities.  The SCs report to our study nurse manager.
  • The study coordinators attend the SIVs and are responsible for site set up, patient identification and recruitment activity, patient screening and study visits, CRF completion, query resolution, GP investigator and practice staff liaison throughout the study, support during monitoring visits and general study logistics.


Project Management Team

  • Project management and other services to support the GP investigators in the conduct of clinical studies. 
  • Sonic's project management infrastructure supports the SCs and sites.
    • Field-based study nurse manager (SNM) manages the SCs, driving site-specific recruitment plans, provides on-site training, coaching and performance management.
    • Sonic Project Managersprovide critical infrastructure to support the study activities including site identification and selection, site set up, overall communication and site coordination, assessment of performance against targets and development of study tools and recruitment aids and administration of investigator payments.
    • Sonic Chief Medical Officeralso provides training and day-to-day support of both the SC team and GP investigators.

Ethics and Regulatory Submissions

  • Sonic can prepare the ethics submission for all sites.
  • One lead site will be selected and submitted for approval and each additional site is subsequently added.
  • Sonic collects all essential documents for submission to the ethics committee.
  • Sonic sends confirmation of HREC approval to Sponsor and sites.  Site specific governance approval will be conducted by Sonic.

Institution and Site Agreements

  • One Clinical Trial Research Agreement with Independent Practitioners Network (IPN) and Addendums for each individual participating site.
  • Addendums for each clinical trial are signed by the lead GP Investigator at each site.
  • Sonic will prepare and negotiate agreements with the investigators and sites. Sponsor will indemnify the sites and GPs for participation in the study.