Part of what we do here at Netfront is work with not-for-profit organisations to develop online tools for Randomised Control Trials or RCT’s projects.
This development work includes build apps, and clinical trial software for websites that provide information as well as capture important data for research and development on health and social issues, conducted in research clinical trials. Our growing portfolio features our collaboration with universities across Australia. Some more recent examples of what we have done can be found below:
- EFAR Australia Pilot Trial
A new web-based approach to providing patient care, conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales, Flinders University and Bond University. This study will trial a website which has been designed by General Practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals to help participants reflect on their drinking habits and the possible impact it might be having on their wellbeing. It will also provide recommendations on dealing with their drinking behaviours.
Participants are referred by their GPs, and undertake screeners and questionnaires, to assess their drinking habits, with a follow-up interview conducted later.
- Activate Study
A behavioural activation treatment for depression and substance use disorders, and built especially for use as a RCT research tool. The website is highly customisable and flexible, allows the creation, editing and fine-tuning of questionnaires as required, with a useful data export feature that collates data into Excel for researchers. It is also designed to be responsive, meaning the questionnaires can be conducted on all mobile devices including the iPad, the primary interface tool used in this study.
- CSC Study
A prevention pilot run in conjunction with UNSW, QUT and Curtin. The CSC Study aims to investigate the effects of an internet-based substance use and mental health prevention program for adolescents. Used by participating schools, students view cartoon lessons in several modules such as alcohol, alcohol and cannabis, and anxiety and depression. Students then complete a survey, the results of which can be exported in an Excel spreadsheet.
As a result of our work, we are experienced with:
Designing a site to be accessible for handicapped users, such as embedding a YouTube video according to Vision Australia’s guidelines;
- WAI-ARIA and Schemas
WAI-ARIA and schemas are mark-up code that provide additional descriptions and labelling for use by assistive technologies, such as screen readers for the visually impaired;
Ensuring that the site views and works on all screen resolutions and devices;
- Web Content Accessibility Guide (WCAG)
A set of best practices and guidelines relating to accessibility which are mandatory guild lines for Australian government sites.
Implementing these measures positively impacts on how we approach design and layout. Information (and the Internet) wants to be free, and we are committed to provide accessible websites for all users.