Consumer Advisory Panel

Consumer advocates play a fundamental role in health research, offering a unique perspective to health and cancer care that can help inform research projects in many ways.

By sharing their experiences and perspectives with researchers, consumers can hold the key to translating research discoveries beyond the lab and into policy and practice. By working with consumer advocates, researchers are better equipped to identify the real needs of the community that can be addressed through research projects.

Anyone with a personal experience of cancer can volunteer to become a consumer advocate. Consumer advocates can be:

  • cancer survivors
  • patients with cancer
  • carers
  • family members
  • members of community organisations that work with those affected by cancer

The HCRA Consumer Advisory Panel (HCRA CAP) is a group of community volunteers who from time to time are invited to add value to the work of our members by:

  • Sharing care experiences with researchers from a patient or carer perspective
  • Commenting on the design and development of cancer research projects
  • Helping HCRA to ensure that the language we use in research information for the community is easy to understand and appropriate

You do not need to have had experience in cancer research to volunteer, as training on consumer involvement in research is provided for all members of the HCRA CAP. There are flexible options for participating, so you can nominate the level of involvement and time commitment that works best for you.

If you are interested in finding out more about the HCRA Consumer Advisory Panel you can:

The University of Newcastle, Australia Hunter New England Local Health District Calvary Mater Newcastle Hunter Medical Research Institute Cancer Institute NSW