National Reconciliation Week

Posted 29 May 2017.


Ngala kaaditj Wadjuk moort keyen kaadak nidja boodja – We acknowledge Noongar people as the original custodians of the land on which our Subiaco office sits.

From the 27th of May until the 3rd of June, Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’

This year marks 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the High Court of Australia’s Mabo decision in 1992.

‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’ allows us to reflect and commemorate these two significant anniversaries of reconciliation in Australia as we look to take the next steps together in our reconciliation journey.

CCWA and taking the next steps


Shockingly, cancer death rates are 30% higher for Aboriginal people than other Australians. In some remote areas this rate is as high as 65. Our vision for reconciliation is to work together with Aboriginal Western Australians to close this gap and contribute to reconciliation.

On 14 November 2016 we launched our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2016-2017 to clearly articulate our commitment and response to reconciliation with Aboriginal Western Australians.

Our Reflect RAP outlines our commitment to lead a community effort to improve the quality of life and cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by:

• Facilitating cultural awareness learnings across our organisation

• Ensuring our mainstream programs are culturally relevant

• Nurturing relationships with Aboriginal health professionals as they are the main gateway for Aboriginal people who have been diagnosed with cancer to access our services

• Supporting and promoting relevant and useful research into all aspects of cancer control in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

• Assisting health professionals develop strategies to be culturally sensitive

• Educating vulnerable groups of the prevention and early detection of cancer

• Ensuring families and carers of Aboriginal people with cancer are involved, informed, supported and enabled through the cancer experience We are forever looking to the future and will continue to strive towards reducing the incidence and impact of cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learn more about our RAP.

Read more about work in this area on our Aboriginal Communities page.

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