The Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control (CBRCC) commenced operations on 10 January 2000. Its setup was jointly funded by the Cancer Council Western Australia. and Curtin University. The goal of the Centre is to assist in the prevention of cancer by conducting timely, high quality and relevant research, and translating these findings into the provision of advice to government, health professionals and the community.
Cancer Council WA, established in 1958, is the premier organisation in the State focusing on cancer control. In 1998 the Council identified the need for the establishment of a behavioural research centre within the State to guide the development, delivery and evaluation of cancer control programs. The Council stipulated that the aim and objectives of the Centre would be as follows:
To contribute to the body of knowledge on the behavioural, environmental and structural determinants relevant to the prevention and early detection of cancer, with particular emphasis on those issues and conditions relevant to cancer control in Western Australia.
The objectives of the Centre cover two main areas: servicing Cancer Council WA and conducting independent research.
Servicing Cancer Council WA
- To contribute to the generation of high quality local data on which to base planning of education and prevention programs
- To provide expertise and advice to facilitate high quality evaluations of Cancer Council WA education programs, and contribute to the objective of increasing the number of such evaluations which are at a standard to be published in relevant peer reviewed journals.
- To generate publicity, locally and nationally, highlighting research findings which identify the role of Cancer Council WA in cancer education.
- To provide advice with respect to the marketing and promotion of behaviour-based cancer prevention and control programs.
- To provide a "state-of-the-art" source of information and expertise to the community on behavioural, environmental and structural aspects of cancer control.
- To generate and contribute to relevant research and knowledge concerning behavioural, environmental and structural aspects of cancer control.
- To participate as an active member of the national cancer prevention research network, which is made up of the existing research units within Australia and internationally.
- To encourage promising post-graduate and undergraduate students within the academic system to work in the cancer field.