Aboriginal Health Professionals

Cancer Council WA runs a number of education initiatives for Aboriginal health professionals.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

PEPA provides supported palliative approach placements to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health workers, Liaison Officer's & Outreach Workers - this provides an opportunity to develop your skills in the palliative approach by undertaking a placement within a specialised palliative care service in Perth and rural WA. For more information see Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA).


Let's Talk Aboriginal Cancer eBulletins : Recent editions


December 2016

In this issue:



  • Supporting Aboriginal West Australians through their cancer experience
  • Aboriginal health professional profile: Leanne Pilkington
  • Our first Reconciliation Action Plan released
  • Mandurah Aboriginal artist wins state-wide art competition
  • cancer awareness discussed on Noogar Radio
  • haircut for cancer to start the conversation across Aboriginal communities
  • Merry Christmas from Cancer Council WA

    and more!

    View the December edition of Let's Talk Aboriginal Health eBulletin

September 2016

In this issue:

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  • How we can help ensure Aboriginal Australians are around longer for their families, especially in regional and remote areas?
  • Aboriginal health professional profile: Gaye Mae Yu from the Kimberley region
  • Inspiring local Aboriginal community leaders to talk more about rethinking sugary drink messages
  • New online learning module: Lung cancer in our mob
  • Bowel cancer survivor says - bowel screening test - "it's not a shame job"
  • New Tackling Indigenous Smoking website
  • Bowel cancer screening music video 'Take the test'
  • Gunja and tobacco - even more risky together
  • World Indigenous Cancer Conference Report now available

         and more!

 View the September edition of Let's Talk Aborigin Health eBulletin


June 2016

In this issue:

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  • Working together message from the Make Smoking History team
  • New Kimberley Regional Education Officer
  • New anti-smoking campaign aims to Close the Gap
  • Cancer support groups
  • Cancer Council WA Aboriginal Cancer Program and Palliative Care education on the World Stage
  • Jeff the Diseased Lung makes a splash at the Moorditj Moort Festival 2016
  • Women's Business Workshop - Community Education Resource
  • The 10th Cancer Education Course for Aboriginal health professionals done and dusted!
  • A thank you letter from Pearl Draper - previous cancer course attendee

          and more!

View the June edition of Let's Talk Aboriginal Health eBulletin

March 2016

in this issue:

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  • Closing the Gap message from the Chief Executive Officer - Closing the Gap on Aboriginal cancer rates in Western Australia
  • Update on our Reconciliation Action Plans
  • New APHA Scholarship for Aboriginal cancer educational videos
  • Sharing Aboriginal cancer stories
  • New Healthy Living after cancer
  • This is my story!   Do you know someone living with a mental illness who has quit smoking?
  • More about Sponge campaign

View the March edition of Let's Talk Aboriginal Health eBulletin

December 2015

In this issue:



• End of year message from the Education and Research Director - Eradicating cervical cancer is within our reach...and Aboriginal health professionals can help
• FOODcents for Aboriginal participants
Calling for funding and certainty for vital Indigenous tobacco control efforts
• Calling for expressions of interest for the 2016 course to be run in Geraldton.

View the December edition of Let's Talk Aboriginal Health eBulletin

September 2015

In this issue

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  • Welcome! Introducing Aboriginal health professional profiles! How to submit a profile for future editions?
  • New National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework
  • New Cancer Fact Sheets
  • Check out local courses and events

View the September edition of Let's Talk Aboriginal Health eBulletin





June 2015

In this issue: 

  • Welcome! Introducing the new PEPA Aboriginal Project Officer!
  • Rubbing shoulders at the Social Media: 'Likes', Legalities and Learning's Seminar with Wirrpanda Foundation and ICEA!
  • Reconciliation Action Plan underway! 
  • Bridging the pathway gap for Aboriginal Health Professionals in cancer control education!
  •  Archie Roach AM Lung Cancer Story and Campaign

View the June edition of Let's Talk Aboriginal Health eBulletin

March 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome! Introducing the new Aboriginal Projects Officer 
  • Survey
  • What's new for future Cancer Education Courses for Aboriginal Health Professionals
  • Cancer Support Services available
  • New 16 Cancers Campaign
  • National Supportive Care Needs Study of Indigenous cancer patients
  • Upcoming 2015 course for Aboriginal Health Professionals Cancer Education Program
View the March edition of Let's Talk Aboriginal Health eBulletin

Let's Talk Aboriginal Cancer eBulletin Publications Contributions Guide. How do I submit an article to Let's Talk?

Let's Talk Contribution Guide


Submit an article

We invite past course participants of the Cancer Council WA Aboriginal Cancer Education Course and health services/organisation/departments working with Aboriginal Western Australians to submit contributions for publication in this bulletin. Articles and events that pertain to cancer control and support are most welcome.

If anyone would like to submit an article for the next bulletin, please refer to our Contribution Guidelines and email ldebusch@cancerwa.asn.au