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Viertel Cancer Research Centre (CRC)

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Cancer Council Queensland

Formerly known as Viertel Centre for Research in Cancer Control (VCRCC).

Cancer research is fundamental to Cancer Council Queensland's vision of a cancer-free Queensland. The Viertel Cancer Research Centre conducts research in cancer control with a focus on issues of importance to Queenslanders. We conduct research in three main areas: psycho-oncology (understanding the impact of cancer, how we can improve psychosocial outcomes, and how we can translate these results into improved cancer services); epidemiology (understanding patterns and trends in cancer diagnosis and survival to identify areas of improvement or need); and community engagement (helping to understand, support and work with the community to improve cancer control).


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Applied research in psycho-oncology
  • Community-based research in cancer control
  • Geospatial mapping of cancer outcomes
  • Descriptive epidemiology of cancer
  • Research into community engagement for cancer control
  • Epidemiology of paediatric cancer

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


Cancer Council Queensland, 553 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley QLD, 4004

Lead researchers

  • Professor Jeffrey Dunn—Global endorsement of distress as the 6th vital sign in cancer care (IPOS International Standard of Quality Cancer Care).
  • Professor Joanne Aitken—Contribution to development of international guidelines for collection of paediatric cancer stages in population cancer registries.
  • Professor Peter Baade—Research focusing on patterns of cancer outcomes, and understanding the geographical variation and inequalities in those outcomes.

Achievements of the centre

  • Evidence-based model of psychological care for men with prostate cancer now on the International Cancer Control Partnership Portal.
  • The Australian Paediatric Cancer Registry, a unique population register and national resource for childhood cancer research.
  • Novel insights from geospatial analyses of cancer outcomes that impacted on health policy across Queensland.

Organisation type

  • Not-for-profit

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Last updated:
6 September 2018