Closing the gap on Aboriginal cancer rates at La Perouse NSW

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Four health and community organisations have signed an historic partnership agreement to work together to improve health outcomes for the local Aboriginal community at La Perouse.

Guriwal Aboriginal Corporation, the La Perouse Aboriginal and United Men’s Association, Eastern Sydney Medicare Local, and the Cancer Council NSW, signed on to formally work together to reduce cancer risks and improve access to local health services.

Guriwal Aboriginal Corporation manager, Karen Cooley, said the partnership was an important step forward towards closing the gap.

“Cancer affects many local Aboriginal people, families and the whole community, so it’s time we joined forces to fight this and many other chronic diseases,” she said.

Garry Ardler, from the La Perouse Men’s Group said men rarely discussed their health, but hoped the collaboration would “encourage more fellas to not only talk about but also take action to improve their health and wellbeing”.

Lisa Merrison, from Eastern Sydney Medicare Local, said the formal partnership recognised and progressed the important and successful work already been undertaken by each of the individual organisations, and demonstrated an ongoing commitment of future collaboration.

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