Local involved in helping cancer research studies
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.