• To identify features of services that encourage Indigenous participation in cancer treatment.
  • To identify to what extent the needs of Indigenous patients been taken into account when planning and building cancer centres
  • To identify the features of cancer centres that are more or less successful in meeting the needs of Indigenous cancer patients
  • To discover which recent innovations have been successful or unsuccessful (e.g. as tele-radiology, specialist outreach, Indigenous support staff).

Indigenous cancer patients report multiple substantial barriers to accessing and completing cancer treatment. Currently, mainstream acute cancer care centres are not meeting the needs of Indigenous patients, but some services are attempting to do so in innovative ways.

Implications for policy and practice:

Identification of features of services that encourage Indigenous participation will lead to the development of improved models of service delivery.

Our research has found:

The project is still in progress,

Chief investigators:
Project manager:
  • Professor Sandra Thompson
Contact information:
Project dates:

2013 -2017.

  • University of Western Australia
  • Western Australia Centre For Cancer and Palliative Care
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Cancer Council New South Wales
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Townsville Hospital
  • Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory
  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
Key staff:

Chief and associate investigators:

Post-doctoral fellows, students, staff:

  • Michele Holloway
  • Leanne Pilkington