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Palliative care research study

Are you, or have you been, a support person of a palliative cancer patient?

Share your experience with us and help us, to develop peer support programs for people providing care and support for palliative cancer patients.

Peer support is an important element of supportive care. Despite the known benefits of being able to speak to someone who has been through a similar experience, opportunities to do this are limited, particularly for those who are providing care and support for someone receiving palliative care.

Increasing the availability of this type of support for carers is needed to improve and maintain their social, emotional and physical health and to allow them to continue their vital role in cancer care. This is particularly important in regional and rural areas.

Cancer Council Victoria, in conjunction with Deakin University and Grampians Integrated Cancer Service is conducting a study to better understand the experience of carers of palliative cancer patients in the Grampians region.

We would like to hear from you if you are:

  • a support person or family member of someone who is receiving palliative cancer care OR
  • you formerly cared for, or supported someone with cancer  and you  are now bereaved AND
  • you live within one of the following areas: Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Moorabool, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, West Wimmera or Yarriambiack.

What is involved?

A telephone interview is all that is required. Our Deakin University researchers who are experienced in working with people affected by cancer, will call you and discuss your experience. Your feedback will then contribute to a final report that will help inform Cancer Council Victoria on the best support program to develop for carers of palliative cancer patients.


Interviews will be conducted between July and November 2021, by the Deakin University researchers.

Register now

Please register your interest by emailing and provide your name and phone number and we will contact you to discuss the process further. Alternatively, if you have any questions and would like to find out more please contact Kerry McKenzie, Supportive Care Manager on 3 9514 6109.

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