Translational Cancer Research Program Research Buddies REF PE00140

Do you have an interest in cancer research? Would you like to use your personal experience to help researchers gain a patient’s perspective on cancer treatments? 

Applications close: 28th April 2017

Researchers at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research are looking for two members of the WA Community who have experienced a personal diagnosis of cancer or who have cared for someone who has been affected by the disease.

The members will work closely with the researchers to provide input and advice in developing an ethics application for laboratory-based research for cancer treatments.

About the Program

Cancer remains a leading cause of death for adults in Australia. A major challenge faced by medical researchers is that many new drugs that show promise in the laboratory aren’t as effective when tested in clinical trials. One reason for this is that it is very difficult to accurately predict how cancers will respond to new drugs.

The goal of the Translational Cancer Research Program at The Perkins is to develop the best ways to assess new cancer treatments discovered by researchers in our laboratories.New treatments could be i) completely new therapies or ii) new combinations of already approved treatments. Combination therapy is important because different drugs work in different ways to attack cancer cells. As we increase our understanding of how different cancers develop, we can better combine existing drugs to more effectively kill more cancer cells.

Importantly, by using more accurate testing models, that better represent the human cancer environment, we can move these new treatments rapidly into the clinic. 

About the position

The Perkins Translational Cancer Research Program is looking for two community members to be involved as “research buddies;” who have experienced a personal diagnosis of cancer or have cared for someone who has been affected by the disease.

What am I expected to do?

Research buddies will:

  • Provide feedback on the relevance, understanding and value of the research
  • Provide a “lived experience” perspective on the research
  • Assist in developing an ethics application for the program
  • Provide input on applications and  documents particular to the program

After the initial ethics application has been submitted, there may be ongoing opportunities for the members to be involved with other projects within the wider Cancer Division at The Perkins Institute. 

What skills or experience do I need?

  • Have experience of cancer,  or cared for someone who has experienced cancer
  • Have an interest in research looking at cancer treatment

What is the time commitment?

One meeting – 2hr duration and some email/phone correspondence, for the ethics application. Then ongoing opportunities to be involved in projects of the wider Cancer Division over a two year period.

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be held at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands. 

What support is offered?

A $30 honorarium per hour for meetings attended is offered. Free training and mentoring is also offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: Friday 28th April, 2017