Project ID: 2019_003_USS_01

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities (LGBTQI+) represent an “ignored epidemic” and a “growing and medically underserved population” in cancer care. This projects objective is to understand the experiences and concerns of cancer survivors and carers within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. The findings will aim to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minorities.


The researcher: Professor Jane Ussher

Jane M Ussher is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology, in the Translational Health Research Institute, School of Medicine, at Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health, and the gendered experience of cancer and cancer care.


Who is eligible?

You are eligible to take part in this project if you are:

  • An LGBTQI+ person who has, or has had, cancer or medical intervention to reduce cancer risk OR
  • A carer/support person of LGBTQI+ person who have/had cancer OR
  • An LGBTQI+ person who is, or has been, a cancer carer.


What does this project involve?

If you choose to take part in this project you will be asked to complete a questionnaire which can be done online or a copy can be mailed to you. You will also have the option of taking part in an interview.


Where is the project being conducted?

This project is being conducted by the Western Sydney University. As it is an online study, it can be done at a time and place convenient for you. If you choose to take part in an interview, it will be conducted by telephone.


How do I express interest in participating?

To get more information about this project:

  • Click on “Yes, I’m interested” at the bottom of this page and follow the prompts.
  • Call us on 1300 709 485 and we can help you through the process. Register4 is an online register, so have your email address ready.

After we verify your details, we will send you an invitation email. The invitation email formally asks whether you give Register4 permission to forward your contact details to the researcher. You will also have the opportunity to specify which contact details you would like us to send to the researcher on your behalf.