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Improving cardiovascular health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer

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Improving cardiovascular health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer

Professor Gail Garvey, Menzies School of Health Research

2020 Cardio Oncology Strategic Grant

Years funded: 2021-2024

Cardio-oncology is a new and rapidly expanding clinical field that has the potential to significantly improve survival and quality of life for people with cancer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience poorer outcomes from cancer and heart disease, and equity is at the heart of this project.

We will investigate the prevalence and impact of adverse cardiovascular events after cancer and explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients and their health professionals’ perspectives to gain insight into how cardiovascular risk is discussed and used in cancer treatment decision-making. The information will guide the development of resources for health professionals to support the optimal and equitable clinical management of cardiovascular risk in people living with cancer, as well as inform the development of other targeted and priority driven strategies.

Our focus on understanding cardio-oncological care and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may help eliminate these inequalities and the knowledge gained from this project will guide system improvements that will benefit all Australians.

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Last updated12 July 2021