Join a research team that studies the evidence-base and implications of informing women about their breast density
Deadline: As soon as possible
Who: Wiser Healthcare, The University of Sydney School of Public Health
Dense breasts are prevalent in upwards of half of women in the breast screening population, making it one of the most common independent risk factors for breast cancer. Separate from this, having dense breasts also increases a women’s risk of having a breast cancer missed during screening.
The landscape for notifying women about their breast density is rapidly evolving in Australia, with increased pressure on screening services to provide this information to women as a way to combat this risk. However, the evidence to support breast density notification is lacking and recommendations for supplemental screening is far from clear, despite public advocacy campaigns advising women to obtain this information.
There is now an immediate need for an evidence-based evaluation on the impact of this notification in order to inform screening practices and ensure the best care for women going forward.
A research team from Wiser Healthcare is currently aiming to provide comprehensive and timely evidence about how to tackle the controversial issue of notifying women about their breast density and the lasting impact this notification will have.
The team is looking for women of breast screening age who are interested in being an active member of the research team as a health consumer representative. Consumer reps will be listed as an investigator on the project including in ethics and grant applications and publications. They will be supported to express their views during meetings and during the design and implementation of the research project as well as during the analysis and writing of any subsequent publications. Training is available if appropriate.
Travel and associated costs will be covered but no sitting fee will be paid. The health consumer representatives time commitment will be once a month for approximately one hour and intermittently via email (less than one hour of work per month).
If you are interested in joining the research team as health consumer representative, please contact Dr Brooke Nickel, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, via phone: (02) 9351 7829, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org as as soon as possible.