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).


Cancer Education Course for Aboriginal Health Professionals

When: Monday 9 May to Friday 13 May, 2016

Where: Perth (Cancer Council WA, Westgate office, Perth)

Applications close: Monday 11 April, 2016


The Cancer Education Course for Aboriginal Health Professionals aims to provide education and skills training about cancer:

  • To increase the participants' understanding and knowledge of cancer prevention, treatment and impact of the disease
  • To improve the care of Aboriginal people with cancer in Western Australia
  • To develop a statewide network amongst Aboriginal Health Professionals caring for people with cancer

Topics covered in the 5-day metro program include: how cancer develops, the types of cancer affecting Aboriginal people, cancer treatment, palliative care, cancer prevention, and early detection of the disease.

Any Aboriginal Health Professionals (male or female) who work in health promotion or cancer prevention or care for people with cancer and their families in Western Australia can apply to attend the course. This includes Aboriginal Health Workers, Liason Officers, Nurses, Health Promotion Officers and Aboriginal people who work in other health-related areas.

Cancer Council WA will cover:

• Travel expenses (to and from Perth);
• Accommodation, all meals and transfers;
• Course registration; and
• Study notes

Please complete an application form (pdf, 452kb). For information on details we collect, please see our Privacy Collection Statement (pdf, 337kb). For further information, please contact Louise De Busch on 9388 4382 or email education@cancerwa.asn.au 

Cancer Council WA gratefully acknowledges its Advisory Team for their support and guidance in the development of its Cancer Education Course. We would also like to acknowledge the Cancer Council Queensland for their ongoing assistance and support in this process.


Let's Talk Aboriginal Cancer eBulletins : Recent editions

March 2016

in this issue:

lets talk march 2016




  • 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

September Let's Talk

  • 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