Aboriginal Health Professionals

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

We also provide a range of education resources for Aboriginal people, see our Aboriginal Publications.

Find Cancer Early Checklist

Find Cancer Early campaign has developed Aboriginal resources aimed to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of skin, bowel, lung, prostate and breast cancer in people aged over 40 years living in regional Western Australia.

The Find Cancer Early symptom checklist is a tool for everyday people and can also help guide conversations between health professionals and patients.

The resource lists 10 early symptoms of the five most common cancers and explains when these symptoms need to be discussed with a doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker.

To order Find Cancer Early checklist resources, download the Find Cancer Early Resource Order Form or visit the External Website: Find Cancer Early

Cancer Education Video 

This video is cartoon style and was created for you, an Aboriginal health worker or other health professional who works closely with Aboriginal people. It is meant to be used as a yarning tool so you can discuss cancer with your clients and community.

The video has clear and simple messages and gives facts about cancer to help break down the myths and fears surrounding cancer. The video has six chapters that look at:

  • What is cancer?
  • Risk factors and prevention (what causes cancer)
  • Screening (National screening programs)
  • Finding cancer early (what symptoms to look for)
  • Treatment and support
  • Summary (a bit of everything above).

To order a copy on USB or DVD, complete the order form and return to resourceofficer@cancerwa.asn.au. The Yarning Guide can help you answer any questions your clients or community might have about cancer.


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).


Quarterly eBulletin

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Let's Talk is a quarterly eBulletin for Aboriginal health professionals and those working with Aboriginal communities who are proudly leading the way to a cancer free future in WA.

To subscribe or to contribute content, please email letstalk@cancerwa.asn.au.


December 2020

In this Issue

  • Meet Harley, a Find Cancer Early Champion
  • Cancer Council WA's Counselling Services
  • Since quitting smoking, Graham feels better than ever
  • and more!

Read the December 2020 issue of Let's Talk here.


October 2020

In this issue:

  • Cancer Nurses Supporting Aboriginal Health Professionals
  • Make Smoking History "Voice Box" Campaign
  • Culturally Appropriate Palliative Care in the West Kimberley
  • and more!

Read the October 2020 issue of Let's Talk here.


July 2020

In this issue:

  • Meet Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor, Karl
  • Scholarship opportunity from Public Health Association of Australia
  • 60 seconds with our new Research and Projects Manager
  • and more!


April 2020

In this issue:

  • Second Cancer Education Course for Aboriginal Health Professionals
  • "Whisper No More" workshop in Geraldton
  • Kimberley residents spread word about Cancer Council WA Lodges
  • and more!


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