Increasing participation of people from CALD backgrounds in research

Event Information

Friday, 6 March 2020
8:00am – 1:00pm
Ben Harris-Roxas

This workshop was jointly organised by the Multicultural Health Communication Service, CONCERT, and the South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub (SEaRCH), and received funding from SPHERE.

The purpose of this  workshop was to develop a shortlist of co-designed strategies to improve research participation for people from CALD backgrounds affected by cancer. The primary focus of the workshop was on participation (where people take part in a research study); as oposed to involvement (where members of the public are actively involved in research projects and in research organisations) or engagement (where information and knowledge about research is provided and disseminated).

The half day workshop was held on Friday 6 March 2020 with forty five participants from the following groups:

  • Researchers and clinicians working in cancer research
  • Researchers and clinicians with an interest in research with people from CALD backgrounds
  • Research Offices, Human Research Ethics Committees and Local Health District research development roles
  • Multicultural Health, Interpreter and Translation Services
  • Policy agencies/funding bodies
  • Community leaders and representatives

The workshop was made up of:

  1. a pre-workshop briefing on the stages and processes in designing and conducting cancer research;
  2. an overview of the current situation regarding participation of people from CALD backgrounds in research;
  3. a consumer perspective on participating in research; and
  4. strategy development - small and large group work to explore and prioritise strategies, including ratings of feasibility and potential effectiveness in increasing participation.