About the CBRC

Why a centre dedicated to behavioural research?

Finding out which behaviours contribute to cancer and how those behaviours can be modified is an important part of our goal to minimise the human cost of cancer for all Victorians. Research results are shared with our education programs, like SunSmart, PapScreen and Quit, to help create and evaluate cancer prevention campaigns.

Our objectives

  1. To conduct applied research, particularly to underpin and evaluate preventive, educational and supportive interventions against cancer.
  2. To integrate and disseminate our research findings (and those of others) into principles of practice for cancer control policy and programs.
  3. To form productive partnerships with other Cancer Council programs, and enhance our research capacity by fostering other appropriate research collaborations.
  4. To contribute to cancer control through publications, conference participation, teaching, research student supervision and staff development.

Ethics and privacy

Research conducted by CBRC is in accordance with ethics processes and our privacy policy. Our Human Research Ethics Committee reviews projects using the national guidelines issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council.


Funding for CBRC's work comes from a variety of sources including:

What does behavioural research involve?

There are 6 categories of behavioural research conducted:

  1. Description and measurement of cancer-related behaviours (e.g. surveys of smoking prevalence in children and adults; surveys of sun protection behaviours)
  2. Etiology of cancer-related behaviours (e.g. longitudinal studies on uptake of smoking and skin cancer prevention)
  3. Effects of the environment on cancer-related behaviours (e.g. shade structures at schools; effects of smoking bans on smoking behaviour)
  4. Communication of cancer-related information, where research tries to identify source, message, channel and receiver factors that influence the effective and efficient transmission of cancer-related information (e.g. information-seeking patterns of cancer patients; audience responses to anti-smoking advertisements).
  5. Changing cancer-related behaviours, where interventions to change cancer-related behaviours are developed and evaluated (e.g. interventions to encourage consumption of more fruit and vegetables; interventions to encourage cancer patients and their families to call our Cancer Helpline)
  6. Evaluations of cancer-related prevention programs, which provide data to inform judgments about the outcome and value of large-scale programs (e.g. SunSmart evaluations; Quit campaign evaluations; PapScreen evaluations).

Contact us

Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer
Cancer Council Victoria
615 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC, 3004, Australia
Ph: 61 3 9514 6410/ Fax: 61 3 9514 6800
Email: cbrc@cancervic.org.au