Can gynaecological cancer care be improved for women from Aboriginal and non-English speaking backgrounds?

Researchers from The Centre of Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University are looking for 4 women from Aboriginal and non-English speaking background to provide advice on a project about gynaecological cancer.

Applications close: 29th September 2016

About the project

Gynaecological cancers are the third most common form of female cancers and the fourth most common cause of cancer death in women in Australia. Nothing much is known about the gynaecological cancer experiences of Aboriginal and other people from different ethnic backgrounds.

This project will yarn with gynaecological cancer patients from Aboriginal and other ethnic (non English-speaking) background to:

  • Understand the issues that have impacted on the patient’s diagnosis and treatment decision-making process and experience
  • Identify the factors that are linked with the patients’ quality of life, needs and experiences
  • Determine the unmet needs of patients and explore potential suggestions and solutions to them


The ultimate aim is to bring some positive changes to the service delivery, reduce patient and care-provider anxiety and distress, and improve patients’ cancer experience.

About the position

We are looking for four women to be ‘research buddies’ for this project. We are looking for people who:

  • Are from an Aboriginal or non-English speaking backgrounds
  • Are survivors of genealogical cancer or have cared for someone who has been affected by these types of cancer

Research buddies are being asked to:

  • Meet with the project team for a 2-hour consultation meeting.
  • Attend Project Advisory Group meetings (four one-hour meetings during the project span)
  • provide feedback on the research process, methods and result via e-mail and phone

Ongoing involvement and engagement with the research team is an option if you are interested.

What is the time commitment

The project lasts one and a half years

Where will meetings be held?

At the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University

What support is offered?

Out of pocket expenses of $30/hour for face-to-face meetings is offered. Training is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.