WomenCAN: Promoting and advancing women’s health and wellbeing after cancer

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research
Department / Centre
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Royal Women’s Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Michelle Peate mpeate@unimelb.edu.au +61383453792 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Martha Hickey hickeym@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary The impact of cancer goes beyond just the treatment phase.

Project Details

Australia has over 400,000 female cancer survivors and many experience short and long-term symptoms which have an impact on their day to day living. These include infertility, menopausal symptoms, mood and sleep disturbance, sexual dysfunction and fatigue. Despite growing evidence for self-management and online interventions, there is currently no easily accessible, reliable centralised resource for women that can help them manage these symptoms them selves and the pathways to seek specialist care are often unclear.  We aim to build and assess an online resource (WomenCAN) that addresses areas that women have identified as needing help. This tool will use a stepped-care approach that gives women the level of care that is best suited to the symptoms they are having. This care may be in the form of reliable online information, online self-management tools and pathways for GP and specialist care. WomenCAN will transform clinical management after breast and ovarian cancer by delivering high-impact interventions resulting in enhanced quality of life and function over a short time scale at low cost. By creating an integrated platform for symptom management, WomenCAN will accelerate the translation of research into practice. By doing this, WomenCAN will empower patients and reduce disparities in cancer care. We will assess the impact of WomenCAN on quality-of-life, satisfaction, and intention to continue accessing the tool.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department / Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Node

Royal Women’s Hospital

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