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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 understand cancer prevention and screening needs and barriers among migrant communities in South Australia. Cancer Council SA aims to use this information to improve the design and delivery of equitable programs and services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

You are invited to participate in this research if you:

  • are a person with a culturally and linguistically diverse background, a leader of a CALD community group, or a health professional who treats CALD patients
  • are 18 years of age or older, and;
  • live in South Australia.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in a focus group or interview. Focus groups will take about 60 minutes, and interviews about 30 minutes.

Contact: For further information or if you would like to participate, contact the Study Coordinator, Dr Jess Loyer, via email: or phone: 08 8291 4310.

Approvals: This project has been approved by Cancer Council Victoria’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Protocol No. HREC 2101.


Cancer Council SA is conducting a study to assess Australian cancer patients’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices in the use of cannabis for cancer. This information will help to inform a larger examination of cancer-related cannabis use in Australia and the medicinal cannabis information and policy provided by Cancer Councils.

Participation in this study involves completing a confidential telephone interview with a trained researcher, discussing a number of topics related to your cancer and cannabis use.

For more information regarding this study, or to register your participation, please visit: 

or contact the study coordinator, Dr Jason Blunt, via email: or phone: 08 8291 4339.

Approvals: This project has been approved by Cancer Council Victoria’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Protocol No. HREC 2002.

Cancer Council Australia has a joint position statement with the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia on the medicinal use of cannabis, which can be found here:


Have you completed treatment for cancer within the last five years?

A healthy lifestyle after cancer is important, and Cancer Council SA are developing a range of programs to support people with this goal. We have recently developed an online program to help support you in making healthy lifestyle changes, called Healthy Living after Cancer Online.

We are currently running a research project to seek feedback on whether Healthy Living after Cancer Online meets the specific needs of people who have completed cancer treatment.

If you are interested in participating, you will be given access to the program and asked to complete two questionnaires three months apart. You will also be asked to have an interview, which will take approximately 60 minutes.

You are eligible to participate if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older
  • have been diagnosed with cancer in the last five years
  • have completed cancer treatment (please note: you are still eligible if receiving hormonal treatment or Herceptin)
  • are able to speak and read English, and;
  • live in Australia.

This study may not be suitable for you if you have a heart condition, diabetes, a breathing problem requiring hospitalisation in the past six months, undergoing dialysis, planning a knee or hip replacement in the next six months, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a body mass index below 17.5.

For further information, please visit or email