Telethon Kids Cancer Centre REF TK0003

The Telethon Kids Cancer Centre is looking for 8-10 members of the WA community with a personal connection cancer to join the Consumer Reference Group. The Reference Group will have input into laboratory based cancer research.

Applications close: 30th June 2016

About the Centre

Despite remarkable medical advances over the past three decades, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease of young people between the ages of 1 and 14 years. 
Cancer even takes a toll on those who are cured. Cancer and cancer treatment during the early years of life can be long-lasting. Survivors and their families face a large range of physical and psychological challenges resulting from the disease, and some will suffer challenging long-term effects for the rest of their lives.

The Cancer Centre at Telethon Kids Institute is the sole Centre in Western Australian dedicated to finding effective treatments and cures for childhood cancers.
We strive for a future where no child will die from cancer and where survivors can live life to the full.

In close partnership with Princess Margaret Hospital, we are working to develop specific cancer therapies to cure children with cancer. These therapies include chemotherapy (through drug discovery and repurposing), radiotherapy, surgery and immunotherapy.

You can find out more about the Cancer Centre here

About the Position

We are looking for 8-10 consumers, carers and community members from WA to join the Consumer Reference Group. A personal connection to cancer is essential; a connection to childhood cancer is desirable.

The Reference Group will:

  • Have input into the
  • Provide feedback on the relevance, understanding and value of the research
  • Ensure the community is informed in plain language about the progress of the research projects
  • Discuss strategies for advising the community about the results of the research

Members of the group will be invited to act as a research buddy to a specific program of research within the Cancer Centre. In this role you will develop strong links between consumers, community organisations and researchers.

What is the time commitment?

  • Meet three times a year as a Community Involvement Group (approx. 6 hours)
  • Meet with all researchers of the Cancer Centre once a year (approx. 2 hours)
  • Time spent within the research buddy role working directly with researcher
  • A minimum 2 year commitment is preferred

Where will meetings be held?

Telethon Kids Institute

What support is offered? 

Consumers will be offered an Honorarium of $30/hour, training is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program

Applications closed

If you are interested in this project or would like apply please complete the form on the right hand side.