” The theme of this year’s Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) Summit was Making A Difference, and played host to many firsts, including the first-ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Think Tank focusing on the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with breast cancer.
The Think Tank was facilitated by BCNA board member Professor Jacinta Elston, and brought together 48 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from around Australia to share issues around treatment and survivorship of breast cancer in their communities.
The key outcome of the Think Tank was the development of a three year Action Plan that outlines BCNA’s key future work, in partnership with national peak Aboriginal health organisations.
More broadly, people across Australia were invited to participate in a range of workshops and lectures at Summit.
In various streams, delegates learnt new skills for helping others and managing emotions that come along with supporting other people with cancer.
As a result of activities at Summit, BCNA will be able to implement key strategic projects and services that will better support a wide range of communities and demographics.
Consultations helped informed BCNA about issues affecting Australians affected by breast cancer, but most importantly, looked at what solutions could be implemented at a local level.
These learnings will feed into BCNA’s State of The Nation project, to be launched in 2018. A dinner also took place to thank delegates for their participation, and gave attendees the opportunity to meet some of BCNA’s corporate partners, and exchange stories of their breast cancer experience.
BCNA would like to say a big thank you to our members, health professionals and corporate partners who attended this year’s National Summit.
We would like to extend our gratitude to those that gave up their own time to share experiences and learn from each other about how together we can improve the lives of all Australians affected by breast cancer. –
Early detection can boost your chances of surviving breast cancer. Many women have no signs or symptoms. However, some women do and there are things you can look out for.
Being ‘breast aware’ means becoming familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts and reporting any unusual breast changes to your doctor as soon as possible.