The Centre of Research Excellence in Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (TACTICS CRE)

The TACTICS CRE is an Aboriginal-led research program funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and led by Professor Gail Garvey at The University of Queensland in collaboration with Investigators from Menzies School of Health Research, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of Sydney and GenesisCare.

The TACTICS CRE vision is to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities through research focused on increasing cancer prevention and early detection, improving cancer diagnosis and treatment through health service innovation, and providing appropriate care to enhance the psychosocial and physical health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The CRE is underpinned by four guiding principles:

  • Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research capacity and developing future Research Leaders
  • Facilitating collaboration through engaging and connecting a range of key stakeholders
  • Embedding research translation throughout the life of the TACTICS CRE, maximising sustainable policy and practice change
  • Building community capacity by improving awareness and understanding of cancer.

The TACTICS CRE supports a number of FNCWR projects, as well as external collaborations aligning with the CRE vision; a recent example is a 3-module e-learning series titled Improving cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, aimed at clinicians, health professionals and researchers working in this field, produced with the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) at the University of Sydney.

The learning modules are available here.

CI Affilliations:

Menzies School of Health Research  |  Australian National University  |  University of Melbourne  |  University of New South Wales  |  Flinders University  |  University of Adelaide  |  University of Sydney  |  Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

Associate investigators:

Unversity of Sydney  |  University of Technology Sydney  |  James Cook University  |  Cancer Council Qld  |  Wuchopperen Health Service  |  UNSW

Project members

Gail Garvey

Professor Gail Garvey (AM)

NHMRC Leadership Fellow and Professor in Indigenous Health Research
Rachael Jaenke

Ms Rachael Jaenke

Principal Research Project Officer