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Project Officer, Less common cancers resources

This role is dedicated to scoping and coordinating the production and delivery of resources aimed to address the unmet psychosocial needs of people affected by less common cancers. There is evidence that the difficulties of obtaining peer support and getting detailed information about a less common cancer can lead to feelings of isolation. This role will facilitate consumer consultation to identify and produce information appropriate to the patient’s needs.

Each year around one fifth of Australians who are diagnosed with cancer have their diseased classified as rare or less common. By definition, this refers to an incidence rate of <6 cases per 100,000 population per annum for rare cancers, or an incidence of between 6-12 per 100,000 Australians per annum for less common cancers. While the patient information for more common cancers are addressing a number of demonstrated patient needs, it is apparent that there is a disparity in the availability and scope of information for people diagnosed with less common cancers.

The Project Officer will:

  • Investigate and identify the need for specific resources for people in Australia affected by rare or less common cancers from a supportive care perspective
  • Demonstrate as understanding of the emotional, practical and financial aspects and availability of supportive care resources in Australia for patient with less common cancers
  • Investigate and identify the need for tumour specific information for rare and less common cancers in Australia
  • Engage with key clinical and consumer stakeholders to develop/adapt psychosocial and tumour specific information materials for people with rare and less common cancers based on the first three points
  • Provide verbal and written reports, as well as project activity data where appropriate, on progress across all areas of responsibility
  • Provide high-level administrative support to the Project Steering Group

Key accountabilities

With guidance from the Advisory Committee and National Content Development Manager:

  • Undertake a literature review to support the objectives of the project
  • Assess research findings to identify gaps in knowledge to the access and understanding of cancer information and support for people with less common cancers
  • Prepare materials for focus group consultation
  • Write up of reports relating to:
    • Literature review and environmental scan, including recommendations to inform resource development.
    • Outcomes from focus group research
    • Periodic project reports to stakeholders and Cancer Council Australia Committee’s
    • Reporting requirements as required to Cancer Australia (project funding partner)
  • Liaise with community members and key stakeholders including health professionals
  • Draft resources and materials for people affected by less common cancers

Download the full Job Description for the selection criteria here.

Applicants please follow the steps outlined here.

Applications close COB Friday 25th August 2017. 

Please email through your application to

For further information contact Jane Roy on (02) 8063 4100.


This page was last updated on: Thursday, August 17, 2017