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The Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project

The Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project is a three year collaboration between the NSW Ministry of Health, the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC), Cancer Institute NSW, and Cancer Council NSW.

The objectives of the Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project

  • Improve the cancer health outcomes of Aboriginal people in NSW by raising awareness and increasing the capacity of Aboriginal communities to respond to cancer.
  • Build the skills, knowledge and capacity of the Aboriginal health workforce in cancer care, and in turn improve the care of Aboriginal people with cancer.
  • Build partnerships between mainstream services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to enhance the cultural capability of health professionals working in cancer care, improve service accessibility and partnerships.
  • Reduce barriers experienced by Aboriginal people who need to access cancer care services.

Working collaboratively to deliver the Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project

The Cancer Institute NSW is working with a range of stakeholders to deliver the Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people with cancer. These include:

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Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council contact Catherine Wood

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Cancer Council NSW
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NSW Ministry of Health

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Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

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Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative

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Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health

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Pius X Aboriginal Corporation


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Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation

Achievements to date

The Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project has supported the delivery of a diverse range of activities across the cancer control continuum, supported by partnerships at state and local levels. Over 1,000 people have participated in the project so far the majority of who are Aboriginal or work with Aboriginal communities. Key activities include:

  • Community awareness raising workshops
  • Community action workshops Health professional training
  • Clinical placement programs for Aboriginal Health Workers
  • Health Professional Support Networks
  • Building partnerships between mainstream cancer services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

The project is funded to run until June 2015.

More information

Please contact Sally Crawshaw, Project  Manager, Relationships and Change (02) 8374 5623