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.

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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.

Need help about breast cancer or the location of your nearest ACCHO on your SMARTPHONE or IPAD

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NACCHO Aboriginal women’s health:Deadly Choices goes pink for breast cancer and women’s health awareness

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Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative and the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation have formed a partnership that aims to raise awareness of women’s health in the local Aboriginal community.

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.

The initiative is part of Awabakal’s Deadly Choices program which was introduced to the Hunter in August this year and aims to improve Aboriginal health by educating and empowering local Aboriginal people to make healthy choices.

Since the program was introduced the organisation has seen a 630% increase in the number of Aboriginal people undergoing health checks. The success of this program can be placed, in part, on the highly-prized and very exclusive Awabakal Deadly Choices jerseys, which can only be claimed following a health check at the AAPHCC.

Awabakal Chief Executive Officer, Don MacAskill, said that the partnership with the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation would bring breast cancer and women’s health awareness to the forefront of Aboriginal health.

‘Breast cancer is a serious disease with one in eight women diagnosed nation-wide. It doesn’t discriminate between the indigenous and non-indigenous populations, which is why partnerships like this are so important in our attempts to tackle chronic disease in the local Aboriginal community,’ Mr MacAskill said.

Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation President, Rosalie Taggart, said the region would benefit from the additional support of Awabakal and its community to promote health awareness.

‘The Awabakal Deadly Choices program is an excellent model that really encourages people to think about their health and take proactive steps. This is an exciting partnership that we hope will encourage all levels of breast cancer support to work with Awabakal to improve local Aboriginal health,” she said.

The Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation provides grass root support for people undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Since January of this year the Foundation has provided more than 600 post-operative comfort cushions, 178 professional cleaning services and 69 lawn care services. Volunteer drivers have undertaken 338 trips travelling 26,683 kms taking patients to and from treatment appointments.

For information: Awabakal Chief Executive Officer, Don MacAskill, 0408 617 116

Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation President, Rosalie Taggart, 0423 222 059

Need help about breast cancer or the location of your nearest ACCHO on your SMARTPHONE or IPAD

Info Download the new NACCHO Health APP HERE

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