At Cancer Council Queensland, we believe in not only funding lifesaving cancer research projects, but also conducting our very own research at the Viertel Cancer Research Centre in Brisbane.

The Viertel Cancer Research Centre specialises in Descriptive Epidemiology, Health Systems and Behavioural Research, and Childhood Cancer. The Descriptive Epidemiology Research Program looks at research areas such as geographical patterns in cancer diagnosis and survival in Australia and cancer trends in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Health Systems and Behavioural Research Program is focused on improving cancer prevention and detection behaviour as well as supportive care for survivors and caregivers with a key focus on addressing social and geographic inequities in cancer-related outcomes.

The Australian Childhood Cancer Registry continues to be a critical focus for Cancer Council Queensland researchers working in childhood cancer, and the Australian Cancer Atlas is another ongoing collaborative project which has been integral to our understanding of cancer occurrences in Australia.

Our research team combines some of the brightest minds in Australia to undertake projects with tangible outcomes for all Queenslanders.

Belinda Goodwin
Manager – Health Systems and Behavioural Research – Brisbane



Peter Baade
Senior Manager, Descriptive Epidemiology – Brisbane

Peter leads a team of researchers who investigate how and why the burden of cancer varies by geography, time periods and subgroups of the population.

“This work involves planning out ideas for projects, statistical analysis of datasets, writing the results of our research in scientific manuscripts and supervising research students.”

As a researcher, Peter frequently has the opportunity to collaborate with others, both in his team and outside of the organisation, in Australian and abroad.

I work with a fantastic group of people who are very skilled in what they do, and it is great being able to work together as we move from initial idea to final results and then describing what those results mean.

One of the most rewarding aspects of Peter’s work, however, stems from the ability to provide tangible evidence which informs the decisions policy makers and health professionals make to help support cancer patients.


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