Cancer Screening & Support

According to the Victorian Cancer Registry, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria over 70 years of age are 1.8 times as likely to be diagnosed with cancer than other Victorians. Our people are also 2.5 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.

The Aboriginal Cancer Screening Strategy is a key part of VACCHO’s approach to the cancer journey and activities from this will be embedded into a whole of life approach to cancer. The broader vision acknowledges that there are inequities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cancer pathway from prevention, screening and early detection, to treatment, journey to dreaming and survivorship.

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.

Cancer Screening Initiatives Grant

Did you know that our Mob are 2.5 times more likly to die from cancer than other Victorians?

Help us close that gap by raising awareness about cancer screening and encourging our people to get checked!

VACCHO is funding grants between $5,000 – $15,000 for Aboriginal Commuity Controlled Organisations (ACCO) in Victoria to support a broad range of cancer screening initiatives that will be designed by ACCO’s for their local Community.

For more information, download the Expressions of Interest form.

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

    • 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 resources – A range of free and downloadable resources available for Community to help prevent and understand cancer.
    • 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.

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.

Yarning About Cancer

 Help inform our new Cancer Journey Strategy by joining our Yarning About Cancer focus groups.

These Aboriginal-led online yarns are taking place in May 2022.

The Strategy will be informed by Community member’s lived cancer experience, their family members, as well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce.

For more information and to register your interest contact Robyn Bradley at VACCHO. 

 

The Beautiful Shawl Project

A collaborative, Community-led initiative providing safe and empowering breast screening experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Resources and training for ACCOs and Members

 

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TRAINING COURSE: Talking to Community about Bowel and Cervical Screening

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 two interactive modules highlighting key messages on bowel and cervical screening. Each module takes 30 minutes.

Artwork by Yorta Yorta and Gunnai Artist, Dixon Patten Jnr

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Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer: Resources for Practitioners – A suite of cervical screening resources designed for practitioners. Resources include information on the National Cervical Screening Program, home based self-collection, taking a cervical sample, how to mail specimens to VCS Pathology and ordering consumables.

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Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer – Cervical Screening Pathway Quick Reference Guide

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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.

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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.

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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.

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National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) Provider Portal – Quick Reference Guide for healthcare providers registering to use the NCSR Healthcare Provider Portal

Enquiries

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