TACTICS Investigators

Chief investigators Institution
CIA Professor Gail Garvey Menzies School of Health Research
CIB Professor Joan Cunningham Menzies School of Health Research
CIC Associate Professor 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 Dr 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
Professor John Condon Menzies School of Health Research
Peter Baade Cancer Council Queensland
Rebecca Guy University of New South Wales
Sarah Larkins James Cook University
  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 | 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.

  3. $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.

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.

Click here to visit the TACTICS CRE website.