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Key project drivers

The development of this website would not have been possible without the following people’s work and support:

Project co-ordinator

  • Dr Kate Fennell (nee Gunn)

    Kate Gunn CCSSA
    Kate and John working on the website

Expert project drivers / Participatory Action Research partners

  • John, Broken Hill, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 “I wanted to help because of the lack of information for country people”
  • Sharon

    Sharon, Mid North, diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2009

  • Michael, Port Lincoln, diagnosed with testicular cancer in May 1994
  • Des

    Des, Port Lincoln, diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma in July 1987“I wanted to be involved with this project because it will assist fellow rural South Australian cancer patients and their carers with information to better deal with their journey with cancer”

  • Vicki, Eyre Peninsula, diagnosed with breast cancer in July 1994
  • Krystle

    Krystle, Eyre Peninsula, diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2007 “I want to help people in a similar situation and hopefully can help make it easier on them somehow. It is important to get as much information as possible to country cancer patients to hopefully help them in this stressful time. I think this website is a great idea!”

  • Mary, Buckleboo, diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October 2000
  • Joy, Eyre Peninsula, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001
  • Tracey

    Tracey, Far North, diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009 “I wanted to be involved with this project to help others in the same situation” 

  • Steve, Far North, diagnosed with histyisotosis in 2001 “I wanted to help  people in similar situations to me to cope better and have support”
  • Several other cancer patients/ survivors and carers from the Riverland, Yorke Peninsula, Far North, Fleurieu Peninsula, South East, Broken Hill and the Eyre Peninsula who made significant contributions towards this project but did not give permission for their names to be displayed on this website

    Anonymous helpers

Academic supervisors

  • Professor Deborah Turnbull, BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD, MAPS, Chair of Psychology, School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Ian Olver AM, MD, PhD, CMin, FRACP, FAChPM, MRACMA, Director, Sansom Institute, University of South Australia
  • Ms Lindsay McWha, MHSc, DipCOT,  Visiting Research Fellow, School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide
  • Dr Matthew Davies, B. BSc (Hons), M. Psych (Clin), PhD, MAPS, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Davies & Robertson Psychology Practice

Key collaborators from partnering organisations

Country Health SA

  • Dr Niranjan Bidargaddi, Manager of Mental Health Research & Observatory Unit, Country Health SA, SA Health, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide
  • Lee Martinez, Director Knowledge Brokerage Translation and Exchange/ Mental Health Academic, Joint Appointment Country Health SA/ Spencer Gulf Rural Health School (previously Director of Operations, Mental Health Services, Country Health SA)
  • Bronwyn Ryan, Mental Health Project Officer, Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention, Country Health SA

Cancer Council SA

  • Monica Byrnes, Manager Cancer Support, Cancer Council SA
  • Chris Hygonnet, Co-ordinator- Education and Information, Cancer Council SA
  • Stephanie Potter, Research Assistant/ Volunteer, Cancer Council SA

Spencer Gulf Rural Health School

  • Mark Whitfield, Executive Manager, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School
  • Sarah Arbuckle, Research Assistant, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School
  • Chelsea Lieberwirth, Administration Trainee, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School
  • Amanda Ravanelli, Research Assistant, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School


Lee, Chris, Deb, Niranjan and Monica