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Become a cancer patient advocate

The Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP) aims to support patient advocates (consumers) who provide input into TROG's cancer research programs. The group also provides mentoring and training to TROG consumers while also creating a platform for succession planning. This group is an advocate for TROG and will advise of any approaches in research that may be regarded as unethical, insensitive or inappropriate, together with suggestions on ways to better inform and/or include trial participants in research.

Incorporating consumers of various skill levels, the TROG CAP consists of eight members including a Consumer Partner, Consumer Expert, Consumer Advisors and Consumer Advocates.

Anyone interested in being a consumer advocate should contact Rebecca Montgomery on 02 4014 3910 or

VIDEO: See what TROG CAP is all about and hear from CAP member John Stubbs about the importance of cancer advocates having their voice heard.

Panel members

John Stubbs - CAP Chairperson
Consumer Advisor

John has battled Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and since that time he has been a committed and passionate advocate for people affected by cancer. He holds degrees in Accounting and Arts and is a regular speaker at medical conferences and seminars on cancer policy, advocacy, clinical trials and related issues. He is currently voluntary CEO of CanSpeak a national cancer consumer advocacy group. He was awarded an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, School of Medicine for his work in the promotion of clinical trials in this country.

Tom Denny
Consumer Advisor

Tom's career, occupying a variety of senior management positions in in the construction and legal industries, spanned over 40 years. In 2004 Tom had surgery for throat cancer (Supracricoid Laryngectomy) and seven months later had more surgery to remove lymph nodes in his neck as well as a course of radiotherapy. Tom was a TROG Board member from 2011-2014.