Professor Gail Garvey

Deputy Division Leader | Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases division; Assistant Deputy Director Indigenous Leadership and Engagement

Qualifications:

PhD (Research), Charles Darwin University, 2016; Master of Education (Research), The University of Newcastle (NSW), 2000; Bachelor of Education (Physical Education), Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 1986.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Associate Supervisor for PhD

Location:

Brisbane

Biography:

Professor Gail Garvey, a Kamilaroi woman from NSW is currently senior principal research fellow and Deputy Division Leader, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research. Her PhD thesis titled “Psychosocial aspects of cancer care for Indigenous Australians” addresses a critically important aspect of cancer care.

Prof Garvey has experience and expertise in leading successful national research programs, including the current Centre of Research Excellence – Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services (TACTICS) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The TACTICS CRE focuses on emerging priorities in cancer-related health services research and actively promotes the translation of research knowledge into Australian public health policy and practice. The CRE also focuses on building research capacity through training the next generation of researchers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer control.

Prof Garvey leads work in psychosocial aspects of cancer care for Indigenous Australians. For example, she developed and validated a new tool to measure the unmet support needs of Indigenous cancer patients, which is now a recommendation in the Optimal Care Pathway guidelines. She is also leading a program of work to understand and measure the relevant dimensions of wellbeing for Indigenous adults and adolescents, which is important for developing/evaluating health interventions.

Prof Garvey’s strengths lie in her leadership, nationally and internationally and her collaborative approach to bringing key stakeholders, such as Indigenous consumers, researchers, and clinicians together to achieve common goals. This is demonstrated in her vision and leadership in conducting the first Roundtable to identify research priorities in cancer for Indigenous Australians (2010); establishing the National Indigenous Cancer Network (2013) in collaboration with Cancer Council Australia, the Lowitja Institute, the Indigenous Health InfoNet and Menzies School of Health Research; and instigating and convening the inaugural World Indigenous Cancer Conference in 2016 (Brisbane) and co-hosting the 2nd conference in 2019 (Canada). Prof Garvey’s research program has contributed greatly to key policy and practice change to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Since 2012 Prof Garvey has received grant funding totaling over $38 million, 44% as CIA including a NHMRC Investigator Leadership Grant. Prof Garvey has published over 90 papers in the area of cancer and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in peer-reviewed journals since 2012, 33 as lead or senior author.

  1. Garvey, G., Cunningham, J., Mayer, C., Letendre, A., Shaw, J., Anderson, K., & Kelly, B. (2020). Psychosocial aspects of delivering cancer care to Indigenous people: An overview. Journal of Global Oncology, 6, 148-154. https://doi.org/10.1200/JGO.19.00130 
  2. Butler, T. L., Anderson, K., Garvey, G., Cunningham, J., Ratcliffe, J., Tong, A., Whop, L. J., Cass, A., Dickson, M., & Howard, K. (2019). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's domains of wellbeing: A comprehensive literature review. Social Science & Medicine, 233, 138–157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.06.004
  3. Callander, E., Bates, N., Lindsay, D., Larkins, S., Topp, S. M., Cunningham, J., Sabesan, S., & Garvey, G. (2019). Long-term out of pocket expenditure of people with cancer: comparing health service cost and use for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with cancer in Australia. International Journal for Equity in Health18(32), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-019-0931-4
  4. Brands, J., Garvey, G., Anderson, K., Cunningham, J., Chynoweth, J., Wallington, I., Morris, B., Knott, V., Webster, S., Kinsella, L., Condon, J., & Zorbas, H. (2018). Development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework: A shared process to guide effective policy and practice. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health15(5), 942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050942
  5. Garvey, G., & Cunningham, J. (2018). National cancer control plans. The Lancet Oncology19(12), e666. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30834-9
  6. Sarfati, D., Robson, B., Garvey, G., Goza, T., Foliaki, S., Millar, E., & Scott, N. (2018). Improving the health of Indigenous people globally. The Lancet Oncology, 19. e276. 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30336-X. 
  7. Garvey, G., Cunningham, J., He, V., Janda, M., Baade, P., Sabesan, S., Martin, J., Fay, M., Adams, J., Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S., & Valery, P. (2016). Health-related quality of life among Indigenous Australians diagnosed with cancer. Quality of Life Research25(8), 1999-2008. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-016-1233-6
  8. Whop, L. J., Garvey, G., Baade, P., Cunningham, J., Lokuge, K., Brotherton, J. M., Valery, P. C., O'Connell, D. L., Canfell, K., Diaz, A., Roder, D., Gertig, D., Moore, S. P., & Condon, J. R. (2016). The first comprehensive report on Indigenous Australian women's inequalities in cervical screening: A retrospective registry cohort study in Queensland, Australia (2000-2011). Cancer122(10), 1560–1569. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.29954
  9. Garvey, G., Beesley, V., Janda, M., O'Rourke, P., He, V., Hawkes, A., Elston, J., Green, A., Cunningham, J., & Valery, P. (2015). Psychometric Properties of an Australian Supportive Care Needs Assessment Tool for Indigenous Patients With Cancer. Cancer121(17), 3018-3026. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.29433
  10. Garvey, G., Cunningham, J., Valery, P. C., Condon, J., Roder, D., Bailie, R., ... Olver, I. (2011). Reducing the burden of cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Time for a coordinated, collaborative, priority-driven, indigenous-led research program. Medical Journal of Australia194(10), 530-531.
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  1. ABC PM | Rising Indigenous cancer death rates are being overlooked

    ABC PM | Rising Indigenous cancer death rates are being overlooked

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    Professor Gail Garvey, Senior Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Division Leader, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research.

  2. Media release | Unique study uncovers barriers to cervical screening for Indigenous women

    Media release | Unique study uncovers barriers to cervical screening for Indigenous women

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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s voices are at the center of a new study in to barriers to Australia’s cervical screening program.

  3. Cancer and COVID-19 - What it means for our Mob

  4. Cancer and COVID-19 - What it means for our mob

    Cancer and COVID-19 - What it means for our mob

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    "Having cancer can be a stressful situation, made more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s really important for our Mob that we take particular care of ourselves, stay isolated as much as possible, especially if you are 50 or over...

  5. Healthy Tomorrow | Christmas edition 2019

    Healthy Tomorrow | Christmas edition 2019

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    In this edition, we are proud to present a snapshot of the announcements, awards and events that have occurred over the past few months.

  6. Media Release | THE 2nd WORLD INDIGENOUS CANCER CONFERENCE

    Media Release | THE 2nd WORLD INDIGENOUS CANCER CONFERENCE

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    Indigenous communities, consumers and health experts from around the world have come together at the opening of the second World Indigenous Cancer Conference (WICC) at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre in Canada.

  7. $440 million funding boost for vital health and medical research for all stages of life

    $440 million funding boost for vital health and medical research for all stages of life

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    $6 million in research funding for three Indigenous health grants in the Northern Territory. This includes $2.5 million for an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence at the Menzies School of Health Research to prevent and manage bronchiectasis, a lung disease which results in recurrent chest infections and is particularly common in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  8. Menzies researchers’ finalists in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

    Menzies researchers’ finalists in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

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    Two researchers from Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have been named finalists in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

  9. Professor Gail Garvey- Higher Degrees by Research

    Professor Gail Garvey- Higher Degrees by Research

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    Professor Gail Garvey, a Kamilaroi woman from NSW is currently Senior Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Division Leader, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research. Her PhD thesis titled “Psychosocial aspects of cancer care for Indigenous Australians” addresses a critically important aspect of cancer care.

  10. Menzies secures funding to improve Indigenous cancer outcomes

    Menzies secures funding to improve Indigenous cancer outcomes

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    Menzies School of Health Research has welcomed an announcement of $2.5 million in NHMRC funding for an Indigenous-led collaboration to improve cancer outcomes for Australia’s first peoples.

  11. Newcastle Herald | Indigenous medical education program a ‘successful step’ in improving health outcomes

    Newcastle Herald | Indigenous medical education program a ‘successful step’ in improving health outcomes

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    Professor Gail Garvey has used a keynote lecture at the University of Newcastle during NAIDOC Week to praise the “successful and empowering” work of its Indigenous medical education program.

  12. The Ripple effect: Improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians

    The Ripple effect: Improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians

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    Internationally-recognised leader in Indigenous cancer research, Professor Gail Garvey, will share her insights on the role Indigenous medical education can play in improving the health outcomes of Indigenous Australians, in a keynote lecture at the University of Newcastle.

  13. Researchers call for global action to improve Indigenous health outcomes

    Researchers call for global action to improve Indigenous health outcomes

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    A Menzies researcher is calling on the WHO and governments to prioritise improvements in cancer control for Indigenous people globally.

  14. NT News | Traditional medicine helps patients

    NT News | Traditional medicine helps patients

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    NT News report on traditional medicine research - page 5.

  15. Systematic review of traditional and complementary medicine use among indigenous cancer patients

    Systematic review of traditional and complementary medicine use among indigenous cancer patients

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    A review of traditional and complementary medicine use among Indigenous cancer patients across four countries has found that cancer patients continue to hold traditional medicine in high regard as they seek to cure and cope with their diagnosis

  16. Scullion hails Indigenous health funding

    Scullion hails Indigenous health funding

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    NT Senator Nigel Scullion - "funding continues the Coalition Government's strong commitment to supporting the best health and medical research."

  17. Indigenous Funding Boost | NT News

    Indigenous Funding Boost | NT News

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    Menzies will use NHMRC funding to boost health outcomes of Indigenous Australians through two projects.

  18. Measuring cancer in Indigenous populations

    Measuring cancer in Indigenous populations

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    Researchers Dr Kalinda Griffiths, Dr Suzanne Moore and Professor Gail Garvey, explain why cancer surveillance in Indigenous populations can be prone to bias.

  19. ARC | Support for Indigenous researchers

    ARC | Support for Indigenous researchers

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    Preserving Indigenous audio-visual cultural material, learning about the needs of caregivers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer survivors, and finding ways to help Indigenous small businesses prosper are amongst the important new research projects to be undertaken by Australia’s Indigenous researchers with new Australian Government funding announced today.

  20. Indigenous women are less likely to survive breast cancer

    Indigenous women are less likely to survive breast cancer

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    Prof. Gail Garvey from @MenziesHealth explains why Indigenous women are less likely to survive breast cancer than other women

  21. Award money for researcher

    Award money for researcher

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    A Kamilaroi researcher at the Menzies School of Health Research has been recognised at the Research Australia Awards.

  22. Rising stars in pioneering health research celebrated

    Rising stars in pioneering health research celebrated

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    Menzies researcher Assoc Prof Gail Garvey was announced as the winner of the BUPA Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award last night.

  23. 2016 NHMRC Research Excellence Awards

    2016 NHMRC Research Excellence Awards

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    Two inspiring health researchers from Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) were awarded prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Excellence Awards last night in Canberra.

  24. Roundtable to improve cancer outcomes

    Roundtable to improve cancer outcomes

    Some of the country’s leading authorities on cancer and cancer survivors themselves were a key part of a National Indigenous Breast Cancer Research Roundtable held in August 2014.

  25. National Indigenous Breast Cancer Roundtable to improve cancer outcomes

    National Indigenous Breast Cancer Roundtable to improve cancer outcomes

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    Some of the country’s leading authorities on cancer and cancer survivors themselves will descend on the Lowitja Institute in Melbourne tomorrow (Wednesday, 27 August) for a Breast Cancer Research Roundtable.

  26. NITV: Murri community hosts walk for cancer

    NITV: Murri community hosts walk for cancer

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    Cancer survivors from the Murri community and surrounding health organisations have participated in the inaugural walk for cancer in Brisbane's Musgrave Park.

  27. Brisbane Cancer Walk to push Indigenous cancer into the spotlight

    Brisbane Cancer Walk to push Indigenous cancer into the spotlight

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    A walk in inner Brisbane will hope to raise cancer awareness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

  28. Radio Australia: Push to cut Indigenous cancer deaths

    Radio Australia: Push to cut Indigenous cancer deaths

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    The new National Indigenous Cancer Network, which works to improve the quality of life and survival rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients, was launched this year.

  29. National Indigenous Cancer Network Roundtable 2013 - DISCOVER-TT Launch .

    National Indigenous Cancer Network Roundtable 2013 - DISCOVER-TT Launch .

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    The official launch of the Centre of Research Excellence in Discovering Indigenous Strategies to improve Cancer Outcomes via Engagement, Research Translation and Training (DISCOVER --TT) and the National Indigenous Cancer Network Roundtable 2013...

  30. Indigenous cancer centre of excellence unveiled

    Indigenous cancer centre of excellence unveiled

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    The launch of Australia’s first Indigenous cancer research centre is set to improve the diagnosis, treatment and survival rates for Indigenous Australians with cancer.

  31. SBS World News: Australia's first Indigenous cancer research centre

    SBS World News: Australia's first Indigenous cancer research centre

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    Australia's first Indigenous cancer research centre has been launched in Brisbane.

  32. New network to push Indigenous cancer into the spotlight

    New network to push Indigenous cancer into the spotlight

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    A new national cancer research network will launch on World Cancer Day aimed at improving quality of life and survival rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients in Australia.

  33. The Australian: Agency goes online to tackle cancer

    The Australian: Agency goes online to tackle cancer

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    CANCER is hitting Aboriginal people at up to three times the rate of other Australians -- a challenge that will be tackled by a nationwide agency to be launched in Sydney today, World Cancer Day.

  34. The Daily Telegraph: Plan to tackle cancer among Indigenous

    The Daily Telegraph: Plan to tackle cancer among Indigenous

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    A nationwide agency set up to tackle high rates of cancer among Aboriginal people hopes to push indigenous cancer into the spotlight.

  35. There's no Aboriginal word for cancer

    There's no Aboriginal word for cancer

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    A cancer diagnosis is more likely to kill an Aboriginal than a non-Aboriginal Australian. Our Researchers are asking ‘why?’

  36. Menzies' lung and cancer programs win $5 million in 'research excellence' funding

    Menzies' lung and cancer programs win $5 million in 'research excellence' funding

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    Two esteemed lung health and cancer research programs from the Menzies School of Health Research were today declared ‘Centres for Research Excellence’ and awarded funding of $2.5 million each over five years.