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Understanding why people behave the way they do when it comes to health and lifestyle choices helps to guide decisions and actions aimed at reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and communities. Behavioural researchers design studies that investigate why people engage in specific behaviours by exploring attitudes and beliefs, perceptions of risk factors and motivation for change. In addition, behavioural researchers also test new interventions, such as methods to increase participation in cancer screening and prevention programs or programs that offer support to individuals with a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Council SA uses peer-reviewed evidence obtained from behavioural researchers who work collaboratively across a range of contexts and organisations to guide decisions and practices regarding how to best reduce the burden of cancer to the South Australian community.

There are a number of behavioural research studies that are currently being undertaken by various research institutes.

Please enquire with the relevant contact person should you be interested in any of the studies.


We are running focus groups and interviews to develop an online healthy living program for cancer survivors.   You are invited to participate in this research if you:
·         Are either a cancer survivor, cancer support advocate, or healthcare professional,

·         Are 18 years of age or older, and

·         Live in Australia.


If you meet the eligibility criteria and choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in up to three focus groups or interviews. Focus groups will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes, and one-on-one interviews approximately 30 minutes.

Contact  For further information or if you would like to participate, please contact the Study Coordinator, Dr Julia Morris, via email or phone (08) 8291 4178.

Approvals  This project has been approved by Cancer Council Victoria’s Institutional Research Review Committee (#IER 1904). If you have any complaints or concerns about the way in which this program is being conducted or evaluated, please contact


Are you a breast or bowel (colorectal) cancer survivor who has noticed changes in your memory or thinking since you were diagnosed (sometimes called ‘chemobrain’)?

Researchers at The University of South Australia are seeking participants to help understand how cancer survivors perceive their lifestyle might play a role in their memory or ability to think. It involves a 45-minute interview about your cancer experience, memory, thinking and lifestyle factors such as diet.

Participants will receive a $20 gift card. Visit or contact Daniel (PhD candidate) at or 08 8302 1968, or, Dr. Amanda Hutchinson (primary supervisor)