“Over the last 18 years cancer mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has increased by 21 per cent. This figure is especially stark when the rest of the population has actually seen a 13 per cent fall in cancer mortality rates”
Enter Professor Gail Garvey—an Aboriginal woman who has always been committed to improving the lives of her people. Professor Garvey was previously a teacher, mentoring high school Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students before beginning her university career as an academic and then a full-time researcher.
‘I’m focusing on cancer and it is all about improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and a creating a better future,’ she said.
Receiving a Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) grant means Professor Garvey can coordinate and collaborate not only within her own research team, but with other researchers, community organisations and government and non-government organisations across Australia.
‘The health gaps are increasing therefore our CRE has been able implement and develop research to help inform policy and practice to try and have an impact on those outcomes,’ she said.
‘I’d like to see a greater impact and greater capacity building of Indigenous people—to be leading and directing the work in this area.’
She shared her research with us.