Cancer Council WA is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Western Australia. Our research funding program aims to encourage and support a wide range of research activities in WA into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and is fully funded by community donations.
As part of our commitment to funding the best research here in WA and using every donation in the most effective and efficient way possible, all research grant applications go through a competitive review process. This process involves assessment by a panel of scientific experts, as well as independent assessment by community representatives to help ensure the research we fund is relevant to the WA community.
Cancer Council WA are currently looking for volunteers to join our research funding program as Community Representatives and help make important decisions on the research we fund.
What do Community Representatives do?
Community Representatives assess specific community criteria to:
- help ensure the research we fund is relevant to the WA community,
- provide a broader perspective to our decisions,
- ensure accountability to our donors,
- improve how the results of research we fund are communicated to the wider community.
Who can become a Community Representative?
To become a Community Representative volunteer you must have a personal connection to cancer, such as:
- been diagnosed with cancer,
- cared for or are caring for someone with cancer,
- are a family member or friend of someone diagnosed with cancer, or
- have experience volunteering for a cancer-related organisation.
You don't need any prior research experience to volunteer. Training is provided to Community Representatives free of charge and covers information on cancer research, funding and the role.
Please register your interest online now if you're interested in becoming a volunteer Community Representative.
Applications close Friday 23 April.