Cancer Screening & Support
According to the Victorian Cancer Registry, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer than other Victorians. Our people are also three times more likely to die from cancer than other Victorians
VACCHO is committed to a culturally safe, evidence-based, best practice cancer journey model. We want to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria receive the best care throughout their journeys – from cancer prevention to end-of-life care.
We’re working in partnership with Community members with lived cancer experience and their families, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and cancer organisations, health services and Regional Cancer Centres to develop a strategy aimed at reducing cancer incidence and improving cancer survival among the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The Victorian Aboriginal Cancer Journey Strategy will advance self-determination by leading the development and delivery of high-quality care in a culturally appropriate way to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians.
The Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer provides a guiding framework to assess the quality of care delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians diagnosed with cancer.
VACCHO continues to explore opportunities to develop and lead models aimed at reducing the rates of cancer, increasing life expectancy and improving the quality of life for Community in Victoria diagnosed with cancer.
The Beautiful Shawl Project
A collaborative, Community-led initiative providing safe and empowering breast screening experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Information and advice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and people with a cervix on health checks to prevent cervical cancer.
Don’t miss a moment
A Community focused initiative encouraging Mob to get health checkups and cancer screening.
Listen to Uncle Jack! Get checked you mob!
Let’s keep our Mob healthy and happy.
If you’re aged 50 – 74 make sure you speak to your local Aboriginal health worker about bowel screening.
And for women, ask about having a breast screen and cervical screen / pap smear.
Finding cancer early means more successful treatment and better quality of life.
Resources For community
Flushed – A Coonie Could Save your Life!
Check out this teaser clip from Cancer Council Victoria. Stand-up comic, Denise McGuinness (Winner, 2010 Deadly Funny) uses ‘toilet humour’ to deliver important information about cancer prevention. View the full comedy show on the Aboriginal Communities page on the Cancer Council Victoria website.
Cancer Australia: Resources for people with cancer – A range of resources to provide culturally appropriate and targeted information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer and their families. All resources have been developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations
Cancer Council Victoria: Aboriginal Communities – Cancer Council Victoria works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria to reduce the number of cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths. They do this through their cancer prevention and screening programs and by providing support services to people during their cancer journey.
Our Mob and Cancer – Our Mob and Cancer is the first Australian co-designed website developed to provide a central source of evidence based cancer information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer and their families and communities and the health professionals who care for them. This interactive and culturally safe website provides information and resources grounded in the knowledge systems of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Resources and training for ACCOs and Members
Increasing Bowel Screening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: ACCO social media toolkit – A toolkit developed by Cancer Council Victoria to assist ACCOs encourage Community to take part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Cancer Council Victoria: Working with Community – A range of helful resources, tips and advice on working with Community to help prevent or understand cancer. ACCOs can also also download and order brochures, posters and flyers directly from Cancer Council Victoria – click on the Resources link at the top of the Cancer Council Victoria website.
Cancer Australia: Resources for Health Professionals – A range of resources designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and health professionals who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These resources provide evidence-based information on early detection, referral and cancer care, and information guides to support your work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer. All resources have been developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.
A FREE self paced online training course available to Aboriginal Health Workers, Health Promotion Officers and allied health professionals to increase knowledge and build confidence to discuss screening, early detection, and immunisation messages with Community.
It features three interactive modules highlighting key messages on breast, bowel and cervical screening. Each module takes 30 minutes.
Artwork by Yorta Yorta and Gunnai Artist, Dixon Patten Jnr