Do you provide informal or unpaid care for someone with cancer?

Carers of people with cancer are sought to take part in a study that will evaluate a smart phone app designed to make caring more manageable.

Martina Clark, director and founder of Carers Couch, created the “YourCouch” app after caring for her friend who was terminally ill with advanced lung cancer.

“The YourCouch app aims to reduce the levels of anxiety, stress and burnout that carers may face as a result of their care duties.

“We wanted to help carers find the right information and resources at the right times, and we’re delighted to be working with carers at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to help make the app as useful and accessible as possible.”

The app has been developed over several years and aims to support carers of cancer patients from the point of diagnosis and throughout their caregiving experience.

This study will evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, and utility of the YourCouch app, and the “CouchPlus” support coordination services, and the impact these have on carers.

Peter Mac Lung Cancer Specialist Nurse, Mary Duffy is coordinating recruitment of 30 carers who will trial the app and provide feedback.

For more information, please call the Wellbeing Centre at Peter Mac on (03) 8559 6260 or contact the study team on [email protected].