The Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) is an organisation of more than 1500 researchers, doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals who share a common mission of improving the emotional support and psychological care of people affected by cancer.
PoCoG was established in 2005, in response to a recognised need to develop the capacity and co-ordinated collaboration to conduct large-scale, multi-centre psycho-oncology and supportive care research.
PoCoG’s work focuses on caring for the whole person, not just the disease, from the time of diagnosis throughout the whole cancer journey. It is also about an individual’s ability to enjoy life and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience in the face of a disease that can be both chronic and life-limiting.
PoCoG is a member of the Co-operative Clinical Trials Groups of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and receives core infrastructure funding from the Australian federal government through Cancer Australia.
The PoCoG executive office is the central operations unit of the organisation and is located in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney.
Membership is open to researchers and health professionals from Australia and New Zealand, and associate membership is open to international psycho-oncology researchers and health professionals.
For Patients and Carers
Please note, PoCoG is a research organisation and as such we don’t provide counselling or support services to patients and their carers. However, there are many organisations that do provide these services.
We have listed some links here to organisations that may be able to assist you in finding a support service that best suits your needs.