NACCHO Aboriginal women’s health: New resource launched :My breast cancer journey: a guide for Aboriginal women and their families.

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The Minister for Health, The Hon Peter Dutton MP has announced the release of a new resource

My breast cancer journey: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.


Picture above: For a limited time an exclusive Deadly Choices Breast Cancer jersey will be available for Aboriginal women who visit the Awabakal Aboriginal Primary Health Care Centre (AAPHCC) for a women’s health check.

This resource, launched at the inaugural Cancer Australia Pink Ribbon Breakfast, outlines the clinical management of early breast cancer to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with breast cancer and their families.

My breast cancer journey: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families has been developed in response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women highlighting the need for culturally appropriate, supportive breast cancer information. It contains practical information to help navigate the breast cancer journey and improve understanding about breast cancer, treatment options and follow-up care.

This resource has been created in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with various stages of breast cancer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working in the health sector and family and friends of women diagnosed with breast cancer.

An online version can be viewed here. My breast cancer journey: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.

To order a hard copy version please call 02 93579400 or order online.

Find out more: Information about breast cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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NACCHO World Mental Health Day news :Abbott Government Commitment to Mental Health


The Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, MP announced today the first Australian Government actions to progress mental health as a key priority area.

Marking World Mental Health Day, Mr Dutton said there was clearly a need for a comprehensive review of mental health services to ensure that they are delivered to those people most in need, and that funding is provided to those programmes that have proven to be most effective on the frontline.

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“People with mental illness deserve the same standards of access and treatment as those with a physical illness and I have asked the National Mental Health Commission to do a thorough review of all existing services, state and federal and non-government, to assess how well and efficiently they are helping their clients,” Mr Dutton said.

“The Review aims to ensure services are being properly targeted, that services are not being duplicated and that programmes are not being unnecessarily burdened by red tape.

“As part of this process, we will seek to identify gaps in both mental health research and workforce development and training. We will also consider the particular challenges of providing services in rural, regional and remote Australia.”

Other areas of committed funding are:

  • Establishment of a National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health.  At a cost of $18 million over four years, the new National Centre will be established by the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in Victoria which will conduct  clinical trials on cutting edge treatments for young people and train a new generation of mental health workers.
  • Development of a comprehensive e-mental health platform. With funding of $5 million over three years  the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre will develop a new, comprehensive e-mental health platform to make it easier for young people to access advice and support 24 hours a day.
  • headspace: Building on the investment in headspace youth mental health centres, the government will expand the number of sites around Australia to 100.
  • Dementia Research: The government confirms that it will provide a further $200 million over five years to Australian scientists and researchers working on ways to prevent or cure dementia, a brain disease that is expected to affect nearly one million Australians  by 2050,

Mr Dutton said in Australia there is a lot of evidence that people are not getting the mental health help they need, especially young people.

“More research is urgently needed to develop better ways of preventing and treating mental illness and the services provided must be guided by evidence of what works and what doesn’t.

“The Review by the Mental Health Commission is the first step in establishing how we should be funding mental health programmes into the future so that people can have better access to the treatments and services they need as they struggle with mental illness,” Mr Dutton said.

Media contact:  Kay McNiece, Minister Dutton’s Office, 0412 132585


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