Community participation in research

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?

Complete brief training

Register your details

Click on the register button and complete a short form to let us know you’re interested in attending the training.

Participate in research

Complete brief training

Complete 2 hours of online training whenever suits you, followed by the half-day face-to-face workshop.

Register your details

Participate in research

You will be eligible to be invited to work with a research team based on your interests and experience. Participation is entirely voluntary.

Register

 

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.


Upcoming training


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

When: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Where: Cancer Council NSW head office in Woolloomooloo, Sydney (accessible by public transport)
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 ready to work with researchers as community advisors.


Consumer Review Panel training

When: Friday, 21 September 2018
Where: Cancer Council NSW head office in Woolloomooloo, Sydney (accessible by public transport)
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. At the end of the training, participants will be skilled in reviewing research grant applications from a community perspective.

 

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.


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 it’s ideal if you have an interest in research and a willingness to learn some basic scientific terms.


Meet past participants

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Jane Bennett

“I think it’s important to engage consumers in research as they provide a unique perspective.”  Read more

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Phil Burge

“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.”  
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Jan Mumford

“Cancer Council NSW supports cancer research, and importantly, they involve the community in the research process.”  Read more

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