The Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project
The Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project is a collaboration between the NSW Ministry of Health, the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC), Cancer Institute NSW, and Cancer Council NSW. The Project aims to reduce the burden of cancer in Aboriginal communities in NSW, build Aboriginal cancer control capacity and knowledge of health professionals across the spectrum of cancer care.
The objectives of the Aboriginal Cancer Partnership
- 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
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:
The Aboriginal Cancer Partnerships Grants Program
Under the Aboriginal Cancer Partnerships Grants Program the
Cancer Institute NSW is providing support to a range of lead
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across NSW to
deliver projects that improve the quality of cancer care for
Aboriginal people with cancer and their families.
The lead Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services for the
Aboriginal Cancer Partnerships Grants Program are:
Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal
Waminda is working with Illawara Shoalhaven Local Health
District to develop reciprocal clinical placement
programs. This includes providing professional development
and cancer education to Aboriginal Health Workers as well as
providing cultural competency training to non-Aboriginal Health
professionals. Waminda have run two pamper days for the communities
of Wreck Bay and Nowra for over 50 local women. The pamper
days included hair styling, manicures, pedicures, massage as well
as pap tests, breast screening, cancer education, healthy lifestyle
information and general health checks.
For pictures of the Nowra pamper day click the images below to vie
For more information please contact Krissy Falzon.
Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative
The Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern is working in
collaboration with health professionals from South Eastern Sydney
Local Health District to design and implement evidence based models
for ongoing peer support and mentoring focused on Aboriginal cancer
care. The Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern will develop
culturally appropriate cancer prevention and treatment resources
for distribution to the local community and local health
professional support networks. An example of this cancer
prevention resources is the breast cancer awareness ribbon. Click
on the image for a larger view.
For more information please contact Anna Grosse or Renae Knapp.
Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health
Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service is working in
partnership with Viney Morgan Aboriginal Medical Service and Hume
Regional Integrated Cancer Service to develop clinical placement
programs for Aboriginal Health Workers across the cancer spectrum,
from prevention and screening to radiation oncology, chemotherapy
and palliative care. Collaborative partnerships have been
established between the Aboriginal Health Services in
Albury/Wodonga and Cummeragunjah, in addition to Breast Screen NSW,
PEPA NSW, Hume Medicare Local, Murrumbidgee Local Health District
community and palliative care services.
For more information contact Valda
Pius X Aboriginal Corporation
Pius X is working collaboratively with the Northwest Cancer
Service in Tamworth to run community support and education groups
around cancer in the Tamworth and Moree area. Aboriginal
Health Workers will visit the Northwest Cancer Centre to undertake
clinical placement programs in chemotherapy and radiation oncology
For more information contact Donna Taylor.
Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation and the Far West Local
Health District will build the cancer capacity in Maari Ma's
existing chronic care 'Keeping Well' team. Members of the
Keeping Well team will participate in clinical placement
opportunities at the local cancer service in Broken Hill.
Health Professionals from the local cancer service and Maari Ma
will jointly visit tertiary cancer services in Adelaide to map an
Aboriginal cancer patient journey and make links with support
This partnership is augmenting ongoing cancer education
targeting the Aboriginal health workforce.
For more information please contact Cathy Dyer.
Map of Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project
Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Grants Program Network
The inaugural Aboriginal Cancer Partnerships Grants Network
Meeting was held on 15 July 2013. The purpose of the meeting
was to facilitate mutual learning and information sharing about
Aboriginal cancer control projects with the lead Aboriginal
Community Controlled Health Services involved in the Grants Program
and the Cancer Institute NSW.
Representatives from the Grants Networks, AH&MRC and the
Cancer Council at the inaugural Aboriginal Cancer Partnerships
Grants Program Network Meeting 15, July 2013.
The Cancer Institute NSW will continue to host regular Network
Meetings to provide support and share information and resources
that will build Aboriginal cancer control capacity in NSW.
Please contact Sally
Crawshaw, Project Coordinator, Aboriginal Cancer Partnership
Project (02) 8374 5623
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