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07 Dec 2022
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Consumer Engagement Forum | Webinar | 10.00am-12.00pm

VCCC Alliance Consumer Engagement Forum 2022

A Shared Vision: Prioritising consumers in research

“Whoever gets to define what is important to fund or develop within a service will shape the future of cancer treatment and care.” – VCCC Alliance Deputy Chair Professor Sanchia Aranda.

Researchers, clinicians, consumers and those who work with them are invited to join our annual Consumer Engagement Forum on 7 December 2022 to learn about the revolutionary role consumers can play in setting research direction, preparing research applications and educating through lived experience.

Twelve months on from our last Consumer Engagement Forum, Professor Sanchia Aranda's words set the scene for continued progress and advocacy for effective and meaningful consumer involvement.

This year's forum builds on the themes of 2021, offering an educational space for attendees to improve their understanding of the role of a consumer, and the capacity of consumers to influence the direction of research.

Through practical examples and case studies, we'll explore the impact of consumer involvement from early stages of research applications and planning, and how consumers can help clarify critical research questions. 

True collaboration forms from the beginning.


Ms Sophy Athan
Chair, Cancer Consumer Advisory Committee
VCCC Alliance


Ms Anne McKenzie AM
Consumer advocate and engagement consultant

Anne is a senior consumer representative on health and research committees and was appointed to the Order of Australia for 20 years of service in the area of health consumer advocacy. In 2021, Anne received the NHMRC Biennial Award for Consumer Engagement Award.

Associate Professor Anna Wong Shee
Allied Health
Ballarat Health Services, Deakin Rural Health


Dr Anna Trigos
Senior postdoctoral researcher in prostate cancer and computational biology
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


Mr Steve Cavill
Consumer Representative

Wednesday 7 December

Hosted by VCCC Alliance Cancer Consumer Advisory Committee.

For more information, contact Dr Joanne Britto l VCCC Alliance Manager, Consumer Involvement, [email protected].

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