About the Join Us register

The Join Us register is an easy way for millions of Australians to participate in life-saving health and medical research. It is a secure register that matches participants with research studies addressing Australia’s biggest health challenges. 

The register was established in 2020 by The George Institute, a leading independent global medical research institute, along with UNSW Sydney.

Why do we need the Join Us register?

Research is critical to the health of Australians, but one of the most difficult things about conducting research is finding the right participants. This makes it harder to answer important research questions.

The Join Us register will help to solve this problem.

How does it work?

The Join Us register recruits large numbers of people to address our nation’s health needs, starting with COVID-19 prevention and treatment.

Participants consent to allowing the register to securely link their personal information to other health information such as that collected from hospital visits or when medications are prescribed. This enables the register to match participants to studies they are eligible for.

What are the benefits?

Opting in will help our world class researchers find answers to medical challenges facing us all – preventing disease, and finding cures and treatments that can benefit ourselves, our families, neighbours and even those we don’t know.

It will boost research capability in Australia as well as having long term economic benefits by attracting international studies.

The George Institute for Global Health

The George Institute is a leading independent global medical research institute established and headquartered in Sydney, with additional major centres in China, India and the UK. We have over 700 people globally and affiliations with leading universities such as UNSW Sydney.

UNSW Sydney

UNSW Sydney, located in Sydney, was established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines. UNSW is committed to making a difference by focusing on areas critical to the future.

How is personal data secured?

The privacy of participants’ data is an absolute priority for us. Their personal health information is not stored in the Join Us register and their contact details are not provided to anyone.