How can I talk to other consumers with more experience?
‘Peer support is one of the most important aspects of any part of consumer perspective. Peer support comes through interacting with other people…You don’t become an expert overnight. People need to be prepared to work at learning and finding a mentor and being with others who might be a little more experienced and be willing to listen and learn.’
—Leonie Young, consumer, Chair CanSpeak Queensland
It is important that you are able to connect with more experienced consumers. You may wish to speak with consumers specifically within the cancer sector. There are experienced consumers throughout the sector and consumer organisations around Australia have a list of groups and organisations where you can make these connections.
‘You get much farther by building relationships than you ever do by militancy. You can always achieve more from the inside than from the outside, provided you don’t forget your purpose….But you really can’t act solo, without links to the community. You won’t have the ability to represent what matters to consumers.’
—Ian Roos, consumer, Interim Chair CanSpeak Australia