Social Research

Social and psychological research may ask questions about your experiences to explore ways to improve health or wellbeing. This type of research often looks at experiences through the patient or carer lens and may cover physical health, social habits and/or emotional wellbeing.

Health services research may be used to identify how well health services work for people and preferences for different types and styles of services.

Current social research
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Participate in social research

Out with Cancer Study

This study aims to understand the experiences and concerns of cancer survivors and carers within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. This vulnerable population reports higher rates of cancer related distress and dissatisfaction with care than the general population. Their unique experiences and needs have been overlooked by cancer researchers, policy makers, and service providers. The goal of this study is to examine the perspectives of cancer survivors, their carers, and professional stakeholders, to inform targeted patient and carer resources, and recommendations for culturally competent cancer care and policy. The outcome will be critical new information to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minorities. The study will be recruiting participants for 12 months and all throughout 2020.

Inclusion criteria: Group 1: LGBTQI+ people aged 15 years or older and who have/ had cancer or medical intervention(s) to reduce cancer risk.

Group 2: Carers (partners, family members and friends of LGBTQI+ people with cancer, or, LGBTQI+ people who are cancer carers), aged 15 years or older.

Group 3: Healthcare professionals aged 18 years or older working in oncology.

Exclusion Criteria: less than 15 years of age, people with cancer who are not LGBTQI+, carers who do not meet the description above, healthcare professionals who do not work with people who have or have had cancer.

For more information or to participate, click here.

Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy.

The university of Adelaide invite you to participate in a research study to identify what is, what could be, and what should be done to support Advance Care Planning and associated end-of-life care conversations with people living with chronic diseases (including COPD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Inclusion criteria: People living with chronic disease, including COPD, their carers and the health professionals who support them. Individuals who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse communities are also sought.

Exclusion criteria: People under 18 years old.

For more information, or to participate, express interest here

The Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist: Co-designing the role with patients and carers.

The University of Tasmania invite you to participate in a research study to see how lung cancer nurse specialists can improve their role in order to improve the overall experience of having lung cancer. The study is being conducted as part of a Professional Doctorate by Renae Grundy under the supervision of Professor Ken Walsh and Professor Christine Stirling at the University of Tasmania.

For more information, or to participate, click here

Identifying research priorities for Pulmonary Fibrosis

La Trobe University invite you to participate in a study conducted through The Centre of Excellence for Research in Pulmonary Fibrosis that aims to identify what are the most important research questions for people living with pulmonary fibrosis, their caregivers, health professionals and researchers.

The findings will help guide research by ensuring that research funds and efforts are directed to the areas identified as being most important to people living with the disease.

For more information or to participate, click here

Get involved in research

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