Journal article

Barriers to employment of Australian cancer survivors living with geographic or socio-economic disadvantage: A qualitative study

Emma Kemp, Vikki Knott, Paul Ward, Suzana Freegard, Ian Olver, Julia Fallon-Ferguson, Jon Emery, Chris Christensen, Monique Bareham, Bogda Koczwara



BACKGROUND: Opportunities for cancer survivors' employment can both reflect and perpetuate health inequities, as employment is an important social determinant of health. Socio-economic and geographic disadvantage is associated with greater difficulty finding work, but little is known about work needs of Australian cancer survivors living with disadvantage. OBJECTIVE: This study examined survivor and health-care professional (HCP) perspectives on barriers experienced by Australian cancer survivors experiencing disadvantage when attempting to remain at or return to work. METHOD: Focus groups and individual interviews were held with cancer survivors (N = 15) and oncology and primary HCPs (N = 4..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by the Cancer Australia Supporting people with cancer grant initiative, funded by the Australian Government, and by the Cancer Australia Primary Care Collaborative Clinical Trials Group (PC4). Prof Koczwara is supported by the National Breast Cancer Foundation Practitioner Grant. Prof Jon Emery is funded by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship.