A new website has been launched to provide information and support to rural South Australians affected by cancer, due to the work of a University of Adelaide student and a group of dedicated country cancer patients.
The new Country Cancer Support website – www.
countrycancersupport.com.au – provides specific information to people in rural areas affected by cancer on how to cope and who can help.
The need for this website was identified by University of Adelaide Psychology student Kate Gunn, who conducted extensive interviews with rural SA cancer patients and their carers as part of her PhD
“The people I interviewed emphasised the importance of being given information that is relevant to them, to enable them to cope better, access support services and find out more about getting to Adelaide for their recommended medical treatment,” Ms Gunn said.
Many of those who helped identify the need for the website have been working closely with Ms Gunn to develop its structure and content.
“This project has empowered several rural cancer
patients by enabling them to be involved in a meaningful project that has the potential to be of benefit to their
communities, and their input and guidance has been
invaluable,” she said.
The website includes
practical information and
interactive features, such as space to share tips and stories with others, and an online “distress screening tool” which is linked with a rural health and support services directory.
The website also houses short video clips that explain what to expect if patients need to travel to Adelaide for treatment, and self-help exercises.