Sedentary behaviour in people with lung cancer REF CU00634

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Researchers at Curtin University are looking at how prolonged time spent sitting or lying down during the day could affect the lifespan of a person with inoperable lung cancer. They are looking for a consumer representative to have input into a grant application for the project. 

Applications close: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

About the project

Every year approximately 12,000 Australians are diagnosed with lung cancer. This devastating disease is the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Lung cancer patients are highly sedentary (they spend a lot of time sitting / lying during the day), mainly due to the limiting symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue. 84% of people with lung cancer do not survive more than 5 years after being diagnosed.

Currently prolonging life is the main goal of treatments for people with lung cancer. This world first study hopes to understand if the level of daily activity in people with inoperable lung cancer affects their lifespan.

About the position

We are looking for a consumer representative who has inoperable lung cancer, or the family/carer of a person with inoperable lung cancer, to have input into the research and provide advice on a grant application. 

What am I expected to do? 

  • Provide a consumer perspective of living with inoperable lung cancer
  • Provide feedback on grant application

When are meetings held?

Initially consumers are asked to meet with researcher to provide input into the grant application before the 15th of June; this will only take a couple of hours. 

How long am I expected to be involved?

If this project receives funding – ongoing involvement may be for 3 years with meetings planned every 6 months. Suitable consumers will be invited to be involved for as long as physically possible.

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings can be held at Curtin University or another mutually agreeable venue.

What support is offered?

An honorarium of $30 per hour is offered. Training is available from the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: As soon as possible