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Have your say  Research project about cervical screening attitudes needs a consumer rep

Thu 24, Aug 2017

The University of Sydney's Wiser Healthcare team from the School of Public Health is looking for a consumer representative to join a research team. 

The National Cervical Screening Program in Australia currently recommends that women aged 18 to 69, who have ever been sexually active, attend for regular Pap smears every two years.

From 1 December 2017, the recommendations will change to encompass a five yearly HPV primary test, for women aged 25 to 74.

This research project aims to explore the attitudes of women in different age groups and understand their concerns about the changes and how this might impact their cervical screening behaviour. To explore the attitudes of women about the changes to the cervical cancer screening program in Australia, the research team will conduct focus groups. 

The consumer representative doesn't need any specific experience but has to have an interest in communicating about cervical screening to women. The consumer representative should have no personal history of a diagnosis of cervical cancer, or have no close family member who has had a previous diagnosis.

The successful consumer rep would join the investigator team to participate in research meetings, the design, development of information materials, interpreting findings and communicating the findings to the public. 

You would be involved in bi-monthly, 2-hour meetings and paid a sitting fee of AUD100 for the 2-hour meeting. Travel expenses will also be covered. Support will be available from members of the research team whenever you require.

If you are interested in this position and you would like to find out more or apply to become part of the research team, please contact Rachael Dodd, Postdoctoral Research Fellow on (02) 9351 5102 or email her:

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