How We Work

The ‘Out with Cancer’ study brings together national and international stakeholders in cancer and LGBTQI+ health to understand the experiences of LGBTQI+ cancer in Australia.

Based at the Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University the ‘Out with Cancer’ study is embedded in principles of integrated knowledge translation (iKT) and guided by an advisory group involving chief and partner investigators, partner organisations and community stakeholders.

The advisory group are involved in all stages of the ‘Out with Cancer’ study.  The group have collaborated on project inception and design and we work jointly in decision making ensuring culturally-competent and sustainable research outcomes that will have a meaningful impact in the lives of LGBTQI+ people with cancer, and their carers.

Partner Organisations

The ‘Out with Cancer’ study is in partnership with the Prostate Cancer FoundationCancer Council NSWCanTeen, ACON, National LGBTI+ Health Alliance and Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Community Stakeholders

Community stakeholders form part of our advisory group and include LGBTQI+ people with cancer and carers, medical and health professionals, researchers, academics and advocates.

  • Morgan Carpenter, Intersex Human Rights Australia
  • Mairghread Clarke, Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Bonney Corbin, Marie Stopes Australia and Violence Prevention Australia
  • Cristyn Davies, Twenty10 Inc. GLCS NSW
  • Rebecca Dominguez, Bisexual Alliance Victoria
  • Julie Fish, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Janette Gilbert, Breast Cancer Network Australia
  • Natalie Halse, Breast Cancer Network Australia
  • Bonnie Hart, Intersex Peer Support Australia
  • Ross Henderson, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
  • Dr Philomena Horsley, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Dr Karolina Lisy, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • TJ Lovell, CanTeen
  • Liz Margolies, National LGBT Cancer Network
  • Tanya McKenzie, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Greg Millan, Shine a Light Support Group, Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia
  • Jessada Phuntuya, CanTeen
  • Gwendolyn Quinn, New York University, Grossman School of Medicine
  • Jude Raabe, Cancer Council NSW
  • Prof Simon Rosser, University of Minnesota

Chief Investigators

The ‘Out with Cancer’ study investigators include researchers and academics from WSU, UNSW, UTS, Monash, La Trobe and Melbourne universities.

Professor Jane Ussher

Jane Ussher is Professor of Women's Health Psychology. Her research focuses on examining gendered factors underlying mental health problems, subjectivity in relation to the reproductive body and sexuality, and the gendered experience of cancer and cancer care.

Professor Janette Perz

Janette Perz is the Institute Director and Professor of Health Psychology. She researches in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with a particular focus on gendered experiences, subjectivity and identity. She has demonstrated expertise in research design and analysis, and mixed-methods research.

Professor Martha Hickey

Martha Hickey is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of the Gynaecology Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia. She is also an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. In her clinical practice she runs the largest public menopause service in Australia and in 2002 established the first multidisciplinary service for managing menopausal symptoms after cancer (MSAC). This service has now been replicated across Australia. She is a Senior Editor for the Cochrane Collaboration Gynaecology and Infertility Group and leads the international COMMA (Core Outcomes in Menopause) initiative.

Professor Suzanne Chambers

Professor Suzanne Chambers is the Dean of the Faculty of Health at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Prior to joining UTS she was the Director of the Menzies Institute at Griffith University. She is a health psychologist and registered nurse who has worked as a practitioner and researcher in psychological support for people with cancer for over 25 years. 

Professor Gary Dowsett

Professor Gary W. Dowsett is Deputy Director and Chair in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. A sociologist, he has long been interested in sexuality research, particularly in relation to the rise of modern gay communities.  His research focuses on: (1) gay men and sexual recovery after prostate cancer treatment; (2) young men’s body image, sexualisation and body culture; (3) ethical and social aspects of ‘HIV cure’ research; (4) ‘crystal’ use, gay men and hepatitis C; and (5) LGBTI+ experiences of cancer survivorship and care; and (6)  the intersection of sexuality, technology and the law. He was a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society, and of the Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV. 

Professor Kerry Robinson

Professor Kerry Robinson is in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (SSAP) and is the leader of the Sexualities & Genders Research (SaGR) cluster located in the school. Her research interests include: sexuality and gender issues; LGBTQ issues; childhood, gender and sexuality; transgender and gender diverse children and young people; sexual citizenship; sexual harassment and gender and sexuality based violence; and sexuality education.

Professor Ian Davis

Professor Ian Davis is a medical oncologist and is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University and Eastern Health, in Melbourne, Australia. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. He holds honorary appointments with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (formerly Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research) and Austin Health, is an Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne, and Associate of the University of Sydney.

Partner Investigators

Dr Antoinette Anazodo

Antoinette trained in Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology in the United Kingdom and completed her training with a clinical fellowship at the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH). During her training and fellowship Antoinette completed a postgraduate diploma in Adolescent Oncology and has developed a comprehensive understanding of the issues specific to Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) patients including best practice for tumour types. She has developed an interest in the specific psychosocial, educational and vocational problems that AYA patients face during and after treatment.

Dr Fiona McDonald

Dr Fiona McDonald is the Research and Evaluation Manager at CanTeen, where she has worked for nine years. Her research investigates the psychosocial impact of cancer (including familial cancer) on adolescents and young adults, including their concerns and unmet needs – she is also involved in the development and implementation of measures and interventions for this population. Fiona is instrumental in translating research into organisational practice and evaluating the programs and services that CanTeen provides to support young people impacted by cancer.

Background Publications

The Out with Cancer study team has a proven track record of conducting innovative research on LGBTQI+ health, cancer and cancer care. Publication highlights from members of our team are available here.