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Cancer Australia

Indigenous Resource Review

Cancer Australia is actively working to reduce disparity and improve survival outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women diagnosed with breast cancer. Specifically, they are working to provide women with important information about breast cancer awareness, early detection as well as breast cancer treatment and care.

Cox Inall Ridgeway is supporting Cancer Australia to develop culturally-appropriate information resources. Your Journey – a guide to early breast cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, outlines the clinical management of the early breast cancer journey to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their families and communities.

We conducted a series of focus groups to test a draft of the resource, and subsequently reviewed and revised, to ensure relevance to Aboriginal women diagnosed with early breast cancer.

We recruited focus group participants that included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women diagnosed with breast cancer, Aboriginal women working in the health industry, and family and friends of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Sessions were facilitated and run by a female Aboriginal staff member from Cox Inall Ridgeway in Dubbo, Darwin and Melbourne.

29 Aboriginal women participated in the focus groups, with feedback collated and incorporated to make the end product a truly collaborative resource between Cancer Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It contains practical information to help navigate the breast cancer journey and improve understanding about breast cancer, treatment options and follow-up care.Cox Inall Ridgeway

The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health, launched this resource at Cancer Australia’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast on 28 October 2013.

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