Publications for Aboriginal people

To order, please complete the Aboriginal resources order form (pdf 217kb) and return via email or fax on (08) 9388 4399.

Making Time for Bowel Cancer Screening

This 7 minute DVD includes everything you need to know about bowel cancer prevention. It is designed for use by individuals, organisations, health professionals, and community groups.

It specifically provides Aboriginal men and women with information about bowel cancer, what it is, risk factors, reducing risk, the Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) and The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Other valuable bowel cancer and bowel cancer screening resources developed by the Bowel Cancer Screening Implementation Team, WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network at the Department of Health WA are also available.

Let's talk about living with cancer

The 'Let's talk about living with cancer' brochure and poster have been developed to help Aboriginal people understand more about cancer. They explain:

  • what cancer is
  • how is cancer treated
  • myths about cancer
  • where to look for support
  • practical tips for people with cancer
  • survivor stories

The artwork is by Nyoongar artist, Valerie Ah Chee, and is called 'The Path'. The picture shows that men, women, children and families are all affected by cancer. The path they are on is a path walked by many and everyone's journey is different. The sun signifies hope and positivity as they battle cancer.


download pdf of 2011-02-08-lets-talk-about-living-with-cancer-a3-poster Brochure - pdf 1mb 

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Poster - pdf 788kb

We're here for you 

The Cancer Council nurses can provide information and support to cancer patients, families and friends. They are available weekdays from 8am - 6pm on 13 11 20.

This bookmark is a useful reference for Cancer Council 13 11 20 services and is designed for Aboriginal people, organisations and community groups.




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"A whispered sort of stuff": A community report on research about Aboriginal people's beliefs about cancer and experiences of cancer in Western Australia

This report about Aboriginal people's experiences of cancer and cancer services written by Professor Sandy Thompson, Dr Shaouli Shahid, Heath Greville and Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab summarises the findings from a research project investigating Aboriginal people's experiences of cancer in Western Australia. It provides important recommendations for health and other service providers about how cancer-related services for Aboriginal people should be improved.

The artwork featured in this report is from a painting called ‘Relay for Life' painted by Geraldtonbased Yamaji Art Centre artists Margaret Whitehurst, Charmaine Green and Barbara Merritt. The painting was donated to the 2009 Geraldton Cancer Council Relay for Life in recognition of all people who are affected by cancer, which knows no barrier. We thank Margaret, Charmaine and Barbara for allowing us to use their work in this report.


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Aboriginal Cancer Journeys

Cancer Council NSW and the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council have also developed some fact sheets for Aboriginal people that provide easy-to-read information about cancer, its treatment and side effects. These include:

  • What is cancer?
  • Cancer treatment
  • Making treatment decisions
  • Talking about cancer
  • Practical information for people having cancer treatment
  • Looking after someone with cancer
  • Natural therapies and cancer 
  • What is palliative care?
To download a copy of the Cancer Journeys booklet or fact sheets, please click on the link to Cancer Council NSW.

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To order, please complete the Aboriginal resources order form (pdf 217kb) and return via email or fax on (08) 9388 4399.

For more information, please contact the Resource Officer on (08) 9388 4363 or (08) 9388 4362.

If you would like to know how to reduce your chances of getting cancer, please go to the Reduce your risk pages.

If you would like information about how we can help you or a family member who has cancer, please go to the Patients, families and friends section.

If you have a question about cancer or need to get help from one of our services call our Cancer Council 13 11 20.

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