The need for this website was identified by Kate Fennell (nee Gunn) who conducted extensive interviews with numerous rural South Australian cancer patients and their carers in 2010. The people Kate interviewed emphasised the importance of developing rurally-relevant information to enable them to cope better, access support services and get to Adelaide for their recommended medical treatment.
After identifying this gap in information, Kate approached Country Health SA, Cancer Council SA and the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School. These organisations agreed to provide both financial and in-kind assistance to enable a solution to be developed, in the form of this website.
Many of the people who helped determine the need for the Country Cancer Support resource (such as John pictured above) then went on to work closely with Kate to develop the website’s structure and content. A hard working Cancer Council SA volunteer turned research assistant, Steph (pictured above) also helped immensely, as did Spencer Gulf Rural Health School research assistants Sarah, Chelsea and Amanda.
It is hoped that this project will not only help people who are affected by cancer in the future, but that is has also empowered many rural cancer patients by meaningfully involving them in a collaborative project that has the potential to benefit their peers. To find out more about the people involved, click here.