Mental health support for people with advanced cancer

Little is known about how people with advanced cancer manage the emotional and social impact of their diagnosis, and how the support they receive affects their experience.

Curtin researchers are looking for 2 consumers to join their research team to investigate the current practice in supporting the mental health needs of people with advanced cancer.

Applications close: Friday 8th of February 2019

About the project

This project will explore what mental health (psychosocial) support people with advanced cancer use, what difference it makes to them, and the costs and benefits of using these support services. This will be achieved by looking at what research has been done in this area, interviewing people with advanced cancer to learn about their experiences, and surveying them over six months to look at their needs, quality of life and the support services they used over time.


It is hoped that by having a clearer understanding of the needs of people with advanced cancer that, in the future, we will be able to provide timely, real support to individuals and their families.

About the position

We are looking for 2 people with advanced cancer, or a carers of a person with advanced cancer, to be part of the research team. It would be ideal if you have accessed some form of psychosocial support such as a peer support group, cancer council helpline or other form of supportive care.

What am I expected to do?

We would like you to provide advice on:

  • how the researchers intend to carry out the project
  • how the researchers can best involve people with advanced cancer
  • the wording of our survey questions
  • the design and language used for the patient information sheets and consent forms 

How long am I expected to be involved?

12 months through 2019

When are meetings held?

Two meetings will be held, firstly in February, then in March. Depending on your interest and availability, there will be opportunities to continue involvement with the project, however any contribution you can make will greatly improve the chances that this project will improve the support services offered in the future. The time commitments and involvement will be updated as soon as more information is available.

What support is offered?

$30 per hour honorarium is paid. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network

Applications close: Friday 8th of February 2019