Cancer is a serious health issue for Aboriginal people - it is the second leading cause of death among Aboriginal Australians1 and they are 1.4 times as likely to die from cancer than non-Aboriginal Australians.2
These is an urgent need to address the cultural barriers that impede access to cancer education, including prevention and early detection as well as providing supportive care for Aboriginal people undergoing treatment.
We recently partnered with Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS) and the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) to deliver the Cancer Education Course for Aboriginal Health Professionals in Broome, which ran from 14-18 June. The aim of this course was to provide education around all aspects of cancer control in a culturally inclusive manner.
Our course participants networked with local organisations as they presented on many topics. A huge thank you goes out to the following agencies:
- WA Country Health Service
- WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program
- WA Department of Health Bowel Cancer Screening Program
- BreastScreen WA
- WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network
- Tackling Indigenous HealthInfoNet
- Broome Hospital
- Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)
The course participants visited the Tele-chemotherapy Unit at Broome Hospital, BreastScreen WA mobile unit, Broome Aboriginal Short Stay Accomodation (BASSA), Kimberly Palliative Care and the Kimberly Cancer Strategy teams at 'Blue House'.
Overall, the course was a big success! Our attendees thoroughly enjoyed the relevant and engaging topics and will be able to add so much knowledge and value to their home communities.