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Join our Research Study being conducted by the Lifehouse Supportive Care Service

Multiple studies have shown that mindfulness therapy can help improve depression, anxiety, stress, mood and sleep disturbance, quality of life, blood pressure, as well as the fear of cancer reoccurrence. Mindfulness uses attentional regulation to manage and regulate emotions, develop greater body and mental awareness, and create a change in perspective on the self. There are however barriers for people with cancer accessing mindfulness therapy.

Researchers at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse are currently recruiting participants for a study to investigate if a 7-week online mindfulness program is feasible and potentially helpful for improving symptoms, coping and empowerment in people diagnosed with cancer.

Who can join?

Men and women aged over 18 years living in Australia, who:

  • Have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Are receiving treatment or have completed treatment
  • Have a life expectancy greater than six months
  • Have adequate general health to undertake seven weeks of online mindfulness therapy
  • Are not currently doing a mindfulness course more than once a week
  • Are able to read and understand English
  • Have regular access to reliable internet on a computer or smartphone

What’s involved?

Participants will be asked to:

  • Read the participant information sheet and provide consent.
  • Complete a screening questionnaire to assess eligibility for this study followed by a short interview. This will be by appointment, either face-to-face at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at Camperdown, telephone or online by Zoom video conferencing platform.
  • Complete a seven-week mindfulness program online by Zoom video conferencing platform. The program will include a weekly online group class conducted by experienced and credentialed mindfulness teachers. The classes will teach different types of mindfulness practices and provide materials (short videos, written material and guided audio meditations) to support your practice at home.
  • Complete a series of questionnaires at the start and at the end of the study period.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • You may experience a reduction in the severity of your symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, stress, mood disturbance, sleep disturbance, quality of life and fear of cancer reoccurrence.
  • You will complete a structured 7-week mindfulness program at no cost to you.
  • You will learn helpful mindfulness skills that will support your resilience into the future.
  • You will help further research into mindfulness for the management of symptoms for people with health conditions.

Interested in participating in this study?

If you would like to register your interest and assess your eligibility to participate in this study, you will need to complete the form below.  If you meet the inclusion criteria, a member from our research team will then be in touch with you within 2-3 business days. If you do not fit the inclusion criteria, but are interested in mindfulness to help with illness related symptoms or anxiety, please go to this page.

To learn more about the study, you can download and read this Participant Information Sheet.

Register for the study below

->  Click here to register for the study.
(the above link opens the registration form in a new window/tab)

For more information, please contact:

Chris Dickson
Study Investigator
m. 0401 698 900

Alternatively, please contact:
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Department of Supportive Care
The Living Room
Tel: 02 8514 0038

This study is generously supported by Tour de Cure.

Human Research Ethics Committee Approval: This trial has been approved by St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number: ETH02594). Study Co-ordinating Principal Investigator: Dr Suzanne Grant, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse; Research Assistant, Maria Gonzalez.

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