You can help make a difference to cancer research by representing the needs and issues of people affected by cancer. This helps researchers keep in touch with what matters to people affected by cancers and helps us decide which research we should fund.
How can you get started?
Click on the register button and complete a short form to let us know you’re interested in attending the training.
Complete 2 hours of online training whenever suits you, followed by the half-day face-to-face workshop.
How it helps
Involving community members in research ensures the research we fund is relevant to our community and meets their needs.
You can help by using your own experience to assist a research team, or representing your community’s needs to help us make research funding decisions.
Community members of diverse backgrounds all help to make sure the research we’re funding addresses real-world needs.
The training courses are free to attend. Cancer Council NSW covers travel and accommodation costs if required for participants travelling from regional NSW.
Please note that places are limited.
Online Consumers in Research training
When: Any time
Where: Register online
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
A series of four short modules designed to inform and prepare you to be involved in health and medical research which can be completed at any time. You’ll need to complete the online modules before attending the workshop.
Consumers in Research workshop
Duration: Half day
This interactive workshop complements the online training modules and gives participants an opportunity to hear from experienced consumers and researchers. At the end of the course, participants will be prepared to work with researchers as community advisors.
Consumer Review Panel training
Duration: Half day
This training course is for people who would like to help Cancer Council NSW make research funding decisions. You will need to complete the Consumers in Research training before attending and have had experience as a consumer involved in research. At the end of the training, participants will be skilled in reviewing research grant applications from a community perspective.
Interview: Ever wanted to be involved with cancer research? Get a first-hand account of what the training involves and what it’s like to be a consumer in research in our interview with one of our most recent graduates
Who can participate?
Anyone can participate. The term ‘consumer’ includes anyone who has been affected by cancer and members of the public who have no experience with cancer. You don’t need a scientific or medical background, but you will have an interest in research and a willingness to learn some basic scientific terms.
Meet past participants
“I think it’s important to engage consumers in research as they provide a unique perspective.” Read more
“My wish is that Cancer Council NSW can one day achieve its aim of beating cancer and that one day, all types of cancer can be easily treated in every community.”
“(Cancer Council NSW) ensures that projects get reviewed both based on their scientific merit and according to their relevance to the community.” Read more
“Cancer Council NSW supports cancer research, and importantly, they involve the community in the research process.” Read more
“Having the chance to give to my opinion on which cancer research projects get funded is important to me. I come from a scientific background too, so I also find it all really interesting”Read more