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.

Coordinated by the National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN), of which Menzies is a key partner, the roundtable was attended by more than 40 researchers, health professionals, consumers and cancer survivors.

Attendees focused on how best to maximise the impact of current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander breast cancer research by identifying research priorities and collaborative research efforts.

Menzies senior research fellow, Associate Professor Gail Garvey said the roundtable identified national research priorities that can contribute to better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who develop breast cancer, their families and communities, and also facilitated collaborative research efforts.

The event, opened by the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, was funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation and held at the Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.