National Indigenous Cancer Network Roundtable 2013

About the Roundtable
National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN)


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Updated February 14, 2014

About the
National Indigenous Cancer Network Roundtable 2013

Nearly 80 people from a range of sectors, services and research groups involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer control came together to discuss and report on pathways and outcomes of care, improving models of care, service delivery and research priorities.

Presentations and small group discussions highlighted interesting innovations in the areas of service delivery, education and training, support, advocacy and research. Using the structure and recommendations of the 2010 Cancer Australia Report (Australia and Torres Strait islander Cancer Control Research) as a framework, several small groups considered and discussed:

  • Data Linkage;
  • Service Delivery and Models of Care: Diagnosis, Treatments and Care;
  • Workforce Development and Education;
  • Communication;
  • Consumer Advocacy and Support; and
  • Prevention

Particular themes arising from the small group discussions included the importance of avoiding duplication, the need for evaluation to demonstrate outcomes, the central importance of appropriate and effective communication across all activities/spheres, and the recognition that the Cancer Australia report provides a good basis for priority-setting.

2013 Roundtable Reports

National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) Roundtable 2013 Summary Report - A two page summary of the 2013 National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) Roundtable.

Action on Indigenous cancer research priorities: Report from NICaN 2013 Roundtable - A report on the action items and outcomes from the 2013 National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) Roundtable.

A longer, more detailed report is available on request by contacting NICaN.


Launch of Australia's first Centre of Research Excellence in Cancer and Indigenous People

On Tuesday 12 March 2013, the Centre of Research Excellence in Discovering Indigenous Strategies to improve Cancer Outcomes via Engagement, Research Translation and Training (DISCOVER –TT) was officially launched by Dr Helen Zorbas AO from Cancer Australia and Aunty Margaret Lawton, a Brisbane Elder and twice a breast cancer survivor.

The aim of DISCOVER-TT is to reduce the marked disparities in diagnosis, treatment and survival for Indigenous Australians with cancer. The Centre will develop a coordinated, collaborative, Indigenous-led research program that builds on and extends recent work and brings together the key researchers in this area.


 Helen Zorbas


 Kar Giam and Carmel McNamara


 Maroochy Barambah


Gail Garvey