Aim 1 - Increase cancer prevention and early detection through immunisation and screening
Aim - 2 Improve diagnosis and treatment through health service innovation
  • Study 2A: Facilitating communication and providing culturally appropriate resources to Indigenous patients receiving external beam radiotherapy
  • Study 2B: Empowering Indigenous cancer patients in clinical consultations
  • Study 2C: Implementation of optimal care pathways for Indigenous cancer patients
  • Study 2D: Adjuvant endocrine therapy underuse in breast cancer survivors
  • Study 2E: Indigenous cancer patients’ participation in clinical trials
Aim - 3 Provide appropriate care to enhance psychosocial wellbeing of Indigenous cancer survivors, their partners and carers across the cancer continuum
  • Study 3A: National implementation: Supportive Care Needs Assessment Tool for Indigenous Cancer Patients (SCNAT-IP)
  • Study 3B: Supportive care needs of partners and caregivers of Indigenous cancer survivors
  • Study 3C: Developing a tool to assess Indigenous cancer survivors’ wellbeing and quality of life
  • Study 3D: Identifying the dimensions of Indigenous wellbeing: an international perspective
  • Study 3E: Understanding survivorship amongst Indigenous women with breast cancer
 

TACTICS Investigators

Chief Investigators

Institution

CIA Gail Garvey

Menzies School of Health Research

CIB Joan Cunningham

Menzies School of Health Research

CIC Lisa Whop

Menzies School of Health Research

CID Julia Brotherton

VCS Foundation

CIE Afaf Girgis

University of New South Wales

CIF Ian Olver

University of South Australia

CIG Kirsten Howard

University of Sydney

CIH Kalinda Griffiths

University of New South Wales

CII Siddhartha Baxi

GenesisCare Gold Coast

Associate Investigators

Institution

Ben (Allan) Smith

University of New South Wales

Emily Callander

Griffith University

Jacqueline Mein

Wuchopperen Health Service

John Condon

Menzies School of Health Research

Peter Baade

Cancer Council Queensland

Rebecca Guy

University of New South Wales

Sarah Larkins

James Cook University

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Cancer survival rates in Australia are amongst the best in the world, yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to experience disparities in cancer outcomes, with cancer being the second leading cause of death among Indigenous Australians.

The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Targeted Approaches To Improve Cancer Services (TACTICS) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians will build an evidence base through innovative, high-quality, priority-driven, and applied health services research.

TACTICS will focus on emerging priorities in cancer-related health services research. These priorities have been identified through extensive consultations with key stakeholders, with a review of seminal documents, and the substantial research and translation foundation established through the CRE in Discovering Indigenous Strategies to improve Cancer Outcomes Via Engagement, Research Translation and Training (DISCOVER-TT) and a Cancer Council NSW Strategic Partnership (STREP CaCIndA).

The aims of the TACTICS CRE will address critical current issues to:

  • increase cancer prevention and early detection through immunisation and screening;
  • improve diagnosis and treatment through health service innovation; and
  • provide appropriate care to enhance psychosocial wellbeing of Indigenous cancer survivors, their partners and carers across the cancer continuum.

This CRE is an Indigenous-led research program that brings together an impressive team of researchers supported by a strong and culturally sensitive governance structure, along with practitioners, consumers, and other key collaborators nationally and internationally. This collaborative approach will actively promote the translation of research knowledge into Australian public health policy and practice, and build research capacity through training the next generation of researchers in Indigenous cancer control.