Lo­cal in­volved in help­ing can­cer re­search stud­ies

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAYS res­i­dent Cor­rie Gard­ner was se­lected to at­tend a work­shop in Melbourne to be­come a con­sumer ad­vo­cate for national can­cer re­search stud­ies.

Can­cer Aus­tralia funds national groups who work to­gether to de­velop and con­duct clin­i­cal tri­als into pri­mary care and psy­cho-so­cial health through­out the spec­trum of the can­cer ex­pe­ri­ence. Ms Gard­ner said that as con­sumers we are un­aware of how many groups were rais­ing money and do­ing re­search to fight can­cer. “Ev­ery­one who spoke at the work­shop was very im­pres­sive and it’s ex­cit­ing to see Aus­tralia is a world leader when it comes to clin­i­cal can­cer tri­als,” she said.

The Pri­mary Care Col­lab­o­ra­tive Can­cer Clin­i­cal Tri­als Group (PC4) and the Psy­choon­col­ogy Co-op­er­a­tive Re­search Group (PoCoG) are national groups who in­volve con­sumers in re­view­ing as­pects of the re­search pro­grams be­fore the clin­i­cal tri­als be­gin.

Th­ese re­search groups look for national rep­re­sen­ta­tion from con­sumers with a wide range of life skills and from the 30 par­tic­i­pants se­lected to at­tend the work­shop, only five will be cho­sen for the Joint Com­mu­nity Ad­vi­sory Group (JCAG).

Ms Gard­ner said she en­joyed her time at the work­shop and hoped to be one of the five se­lected to join the ad­vi­sory group.

“I would love to take it fur­ther and be in­volved with the ad­vi­sory group. It is all very stim­u­lat­ing and it’s a great cause to get be­hind,” she said.

The se­lec­tion process in­volves fur­ther writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tions and in­ter­views.

While at the work­shop Ms Gard­ner met an­other at­tendee, David Stark, who is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing crew­ing cour­ses to learn to sail and pre­pare for his first Air­lie Beach Race Week this Au­gust.

As the spon­sor ambassador for Air­lie Beach Race Week, Ms Gard­ner en­joyed pro­vid­ing some Whit­sun­day in­for­ma­tion and sail­ing tips to Mr Stark be­tween ses­sions.

FIGHT­ING CAN­CER: Cor­rie Gard­ner (Cannonvale), David Stark (Bris­bane), Ju­lia Fal­lon-Fer­gu­son (national man­ager PC4), Ste­fan Bo­rak (Ade­laide) and Jane Hard­ing (Sun­shine Coast) at a work­shop in Melbourne on be­com­ing a con­sumer ad­vo­cate for national can­cer re­search.

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