Descriptive Epidemiology Research Program

The Descriptive Epidemiology Research Program aims to understand patterns and trends in cancer incidence, prevalence, mortality and survival to identify areas of improvement or need and to investigate factors that impact on diagnosis, clinical management, health services delivery and cancer outcomes.

There are six major themes of research in this area:

  • Geographical patterns
  • Cancer in Indigenous Australians
  • Breast cancer outcomes
  • Melanoma outcomes
  • Cancer survival
  • Routine reporting of cancer statistics

The program also provides in-house statistical and methodological support across the research activities of the Viertel Centre and Cancer Council Queensland more generally.

National Indigenous Cervical Screening Project

Indigenous women continue to experience a disproportionately higher burden of cervical cancer than non‐Indigenous women in Australia. The National Indigenous Cervical Screening Project used probabilistic record linkage to combine population‐based administrative databases and identify Indigenous women on Pap Smear Registers. This study aimed to quantify the spatial variation by local government areas (LGAs) for Indigenous and non‐Indigenous women in Queensland in cervical screening participation rates and related outcomes.

Full results can be found in the following report:

Regional variation in cervical cancer screening participation and outcomes among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: Queensland (2006-2011) Final Report April 2018