A Strategic Research Partnership to improve cancer control for Indigenous Australians (STREP Ca-CIndA).

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The STREP Ca-CIndA program shares the aim of The DISCOVER-TT Centre of Research Excellence to improve the survival and quality of life of Indigenous people with cancer, through strategic focus on health system performance in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and care.

The STREP Ca-CIndA program has provided additional funding to extend and consolidate the capacity of DISCOVER-TT's team, to support and extend its partnerships and to provide seed funding for selected research projects.

The program brings together researchers, policy-makers, advocacy and Indigenous groups, as well as those working in cancer control. The results of the research will be available to people responsible for cancer control, increasing the chances of a positive change for Indigenous cancer survivors, their families and communities.

Our funders and supporters:

The STREP Ca-CIndA program is funded by a five year (2013–2017) $1.9m grant from the Cancer Council NSW, with additional funding from the Cancer Council WA. It is based at the Menzies School of Health Research in Brisbane and involves a partnership of people and organisations from across Australia and beyond.


Associate Professor Gail Garvey, in collaboration with Professor Dianne O’Connell at Cancer Council NSW, is heading a national team to investigate how to improve Indigenous cancer outcomes. The STREP Ca-CIndA program will look at a number of important areas, including:

  • the performance of the national cervical cancer screening program for Indigenous women
  • the patterns of care for selected cancers in Indigenous people
  • the unmet supportive care needs of Indigenous cancer patients
  • the distinctive cancer care requirements of Indigenous cancer patients
  • innovative models of care for Indigenous cancer patients.

This work will help identify gaps in the services provided and improve a range of services for Indigenous people with cancer.

Our staged approach:

Stage 1 — add capacity in the areas of research/data management support, community engagement and translation, and health economics.
Stage 2 — work with Cancer Council NSW and other stakeholders to identify, develop, endorse and publish a set of research priorities and to refine the research agenda in Indigenous cancer control with targets that are achievable in the next five to ten years.

We will hold an expanded National Roundtable meeting in conjunction with an International Symposium on Indigenous Cancer Control in 2016. This will provide a key forum for gaining input from a range of researchers, clinicians, policy makers, consumer advocates and Indigenous community representatives, as well as experts from New Zealand, the US and Canada.
Stage 3 — work with Cancer Council NSW to develop and implement strategic research projects as appropriate.

The STREP Ca-CIndA research program addresses some of the key recommendations made in a 2010 Cancer Australia Report into Indigenous and Torres Strait islander Cancer Control Research, including those relating to service delivery, programs and data infrastructure. It will comprise two key research areas:

  • Research area 1: Pathways and outcomes of cancer care
  • Research area 2: Improving models of cancer care and service delivery.
Chief investigators:

Associate Professor Gail Garvey, co-chief investigator
Email or phone: (07) 3309 3400

Professor Joan Cunningham, co-chief investigator
Email or phone: (03) 9819 2245

Jenny Brands, community engagement and translation manager
Email or phone: (07) 3309 3424

Brian Arley, community engagement and communications officer
Email or phone: (07) 3309 3435

Bridget Kehoe, community engagement and communications officer
Email or phone: (07) 3309 3435

Alana Gall, community engagement and translation assistant
Email or phone: (07) 3309 3400

Noel Matson, business manager
Email or phone: (07) 3309 3402.