Identifying research priorities to improve cancer control for Indigenous Australians

Bronwyn Morris, Kate Anderson, Joan Cunningham, Gail Garvey

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Abstract

Objectives: The cancer burden is high among Australia’s Indigenous population. Following a period of increasing attention by researchers, policy makers and consumers, this study aimed to identify emerging research priorities in Indigenous cancer control.

Methods: A survey was administered to a network of individuals with an interest in cancer and Indigenous Australians. Respondents (N = 255) described what they thought was the most significant research priority for cancer control for Indigenous Australians and ranked prespecified research areas relating to components of the cancer continuum.

Results: Identified research priorities included cancer prevention and early detection; health literacy; and culturally appropriate care for Indigenous patients, survivors and families. Community engagement, Indigenous ownership, and partnership and collaboration were highlighted as critical elements underpinning research.

Conclusions: The identified research priorities, along with seminal documents such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework, provide a roadmap for developing, funding, implementing and translating research to reduce the burden of cancer for Indigenous Australians.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2741735
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Research and Practice
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

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