Development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework

Cancer Australia is working with Menzies School of Health Research to develop a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A total of 6 cancer framework meetings will be held across Australia, four forums have been held in Melbourne, Darwin, Broome and Thursday Island, to define evidence based priorities that can be used to inform the national cancer control agenda, and ultimately contribute to improved health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer and their families.

The cancer framework forums aim to capture a wide range of perspectives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been affected by cancer, including their families and community. We also want to hear from all people who have a role in cancer control, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, GPs, nurses, specialists, allied health practitioners and people who work in screening, prevention and palliative care.

The last two National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer framework forums will be held at:

  • March 3, 2015 – Function Room 1, Corporate Centre, North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich, Qld, 11am-3.30pm.
  • Room 2, Mount Druitt Hub, 9 Ayres Grover, Mount Druitt, NSW, 2270, 11am-3.30pm, March 6, 2015.

A pre-form yarning and cuppa session for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will be held before each framework forum from 9.30am and attendees can then stay until the forums start. The Framework aims to define evidence based priorities that can be used to inform the national cancer control agenda, and ultimately contribute to improved health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer and their families.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been affected by cancer, including their families and community and people who have a role in cancer control, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, GPs, nurses, specialists, allied health practitioners and people who work in screening, prevention and palliative care who are unable to attend any of the six cancer framework forums can also contribute to the development of the framework.

There are a number of ways you can get involved and provide your important feedback:

  1. an online survey; and/or
  2. an online facilitated ‘yarning place’

Online survey

The online survey can be accessed from 24 February 2015 and will remain open until the 27 March 2015. The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete. To complete the survey, please click here.

Online facilitated yarning place

The online yarning place is hosted at the National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) yarning place on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.

If you have any issues with accessing the survey or online yarning place please contact Bridget Kehoe or Brian Arley on 07 3169 4201 or email bridget.kehoe@menzies.edu.au or brian.arley@menzies.edu.au .

To find out more about this project please contact Senior Project Officer Samantha Webster at Samantha.webster@canceraustralia.gov.au or call 02 9357 9425.