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 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:
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 Corporation
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. Additionally, in collaboration with cancer prevention and screening services, Waminda will run regular 'pamper days' for local women to encourage greater uptake of cancer screening.
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.
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 Murray.
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 services.
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 services.
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 locations
Please contact Sally Crawshaw, Project Coordinator, Aboriginal Cancer Partnership Project (02) 8374 5623