Cancer Council WA is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Western Australia. Our competitive research program is fully funded by donations from the Western Australian community.
The program aims to encourage and support a wide range of research activities into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.
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 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 West Australians to join our research funding program as volunteer Community Representatives.
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 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.
All training is provided to Community Representatives free of charge. The training covers information on cancer research and 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.