NSW Regional Cancer Research

Thanks to breakthroughs in cancer treatment and care, people diagnosed with cancer have better outcomes than ever before. Cancer research continues to uncover better ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and care for those affected by cancer, including for their families and carers.

However there is still much work to be done.

People affected by cancer who live in rural and regional areas have greater challenges to accessing treatment and care than those living in major cities. Research is needed to address this need, and overcome this inequity issue.

Challenges also exist for health professionals working in regional and rural areas to lead or take part in cancer research. Greater support for these health professionals to participate in cancer research is needed.

Building cancer research in regional and rural areas

We aim to bring health professionals, researchers and those affected by cancer together to conduct research that directly improves cancer outcomes and cancer services in regional and rural NSW.

Specifically, the goals our work are to:

    • Build capacity in cancer research across regional NSW, so that more people living in regional and rural areas have the skills to conduct and participate in cancer research
    • Identify gaps and common needs of health care services, clinicians and those affected by cancer in regional and rural NSW, to prioritise research efforts
    • Support and deliver translational research that improves outcomes for those affected by cancer in regional and rural NSW
    • Deliver and sustain improvements in cancer care and lived experience for those affected by cancer.

Upcoming events


Clinician fellowships

Funding is available to support health professionals to engage in research and support clinicians-researcher collaborations. Details for this funding round will be available soon.

Get in touch

Have a research idea?

Looking for collaborators?

Want to share your story?

Join the NSW Regional Cancer Research Network

Contact us

Email: crtc@newcastle.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 49 855 298


Wisteria Lodge, James Fletcher Hospital
65 Watt Street,
Newcastle, NSW, 2300


NSW Regional Health Partners
c/o Hunter New England Local Health District
NSW Regional Health Partners
Locked Bag 1, Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW, 2310, AUSTRALIA

Staff and visitor parking may be available onsite. Please contact the team at NSWRHP to arrange a visitor pass ($4 fee applies). Please refer to the map for further information on parking spaces.


The Open Cancer Research Project is funded through Cancer Institute NSW’s Cancer Research Translation and Capacity (CRTC) Building program to NSW Regional Health Partners (NSWRHP).