Project ID: 2020_006_RED_01

Breast cancer support groups are typically offered across Australia in the form of face-to-face group education sessions and peer-support with the aim of improving mental and physical health-related behaviours and long-term symptom management.

This project aims to help researchers understand if receiving a text message support program during the COVID-19 pandemic is useful and supports people who have completed active breast cancer treatment. 


The researcher: Professor Julie Redfern

Prof Julie Redfern is a Professor of Public Health, a practicing Physiotherapist, Deputy Director, Westmead Applied Research Centre, Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney and a Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. She is also the current Academic Leader (Researcher Development) for the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. Prof Redfern is passionate about improving clinical practice and health care support for people with a range of chronic diseases. Professor Redfern has more than 15 years of experience developing, testing and implementing scalable strategies to improve people’s health.


Who is eligible?

You are eligible to participate in this project if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past, have finished active treatment and own a mobile phone.


What does this project involve?

If you agree to participate, you can expect to receive 4-5 text messages each week for approximately 3 months. The messages will give general health-education, tips on living healthily (diet, physical activity and general health), and certain basic government advice about COVID-19. At the end of the program you will be asked to complete a short online survey about the program.


Where is the project being conducted?

This project is being conducted by the University of Sydney. 


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.