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Scholarship for Indigenous cancer research

By Leanne Miles

From left: Menzies School of Health Research Professor Joan Cunningham and Gail Garvey, with CDU Library Director Ruth Quinn, and Library Research Services Coordinator Jayshree Mamtora From left: Menzies School of Health Research Professor Joan Cunningham and Gail Garvey, with CDU Library Director Ruth Quinn, and Library Research Services Coordinator Jayshree Mamtora

Research aiming to assist Indigenous cancer patients will receive a boost after the awarding of the Charles Darwin University Library - SAGE Publications Scholarship for an Indigenous research student.

Gail Garvey, from the Menzies School of Health Research, received the scholarship to support her research into psycho-oncology and Indigenous cancer patients.

Ms Garvey will use the scholarship to develop her research paper entitled “Psychological Distress and Worry Amongst Indigenous Cancer Survivors”, which she hopes to publish in the Asia Pacific Journal.

“The Australian health care system is failing to adequately prevent, diagnose and treat cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, a situation which is being confirmed by a growing body of research evidence,” Ms Garvey said.

“Indigenous Australians experience poorer cancer survival, are diagnosed at later stage, and have more aggressive cancers than non-Indigenous Australians and are thus likely to experience high levels of distress and worry, however, rates remain unknown.”

Her paper will report on the level of distress (using the Distress Thermometer-DT) and cancer worry (using the cancer worry chart) among 248 Indigenous adult cancer patients.