Let's Yarn Aboriginal Health Project

Let's Yarn with the Albury/Wodonga Aboriginal community about cancer prevention, early diagnosis and better outcomes.

Background

This pilot community engagement and education project will focus on the Aboriginal community of Albury/Wodonga which has a population of 4,000 Aboriginal people (ABS, 2010). The project commenced in July 2012 and is funded by Cancer Australia until May 2014. The lead organisation the Australian Lung Foundation and will manage this community project in partnership with Hume RICS. An Aboriginal Project Officer has been appointed and will work with the Hume RICS team in Wodonga, who will provide administrative and professional support.

Aim

The aim of this project is to raise awareness and understanding of cancer and its symptoms within the Albury/Wodonga Aboriginal community and encourage those who have concerns about their health to take action, so that patients can be diagnosed earlier, ultimately improving outcomes.
The project will give particular focus to cancers most prevalent in the Aboriginal community and cancers where patients have poorer outcomes. These include lung, trachea, oesophageal and head and neck cancers. (ABS, Cause of Death 2010 and Lung Cancer in Australia report, November 2011). This project aims to also build the capacity of Aboriginal health professionals’ knowledge of cancer. This project will educate community health service providers so they can better support the health and supportive care needs of the community.

Objectives

This community engagement and education project will:

  • Increase the number of Aboriginal cancer patients being referred to the local cancer
    services in Albury/Wodonga
  • Lead to earlier access for local Aboriginal cancer patients to the appropriate care and treatment, which will ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes
  • Increase clinical cancer knowledge around early diagnosis, cancer treatments and care in the targeted cancers amongst the 22 Aboriginal health and community professionals in the region
  • Increase the local Aboriginal community’s perceptions and knowledge of the benefits
    of earlier diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care in the targeted cancers
  • Produce 1 patient resource and 1 support service that meets an unmet need in the
    local Aboriginal community
For further information, please contact:
Hume RICS Border / East Hume Cancer Network
Phone: 02 60 575200
Image courtesy of Making Two Worlds Work Project, Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Women’s Health Goulburn North East, 2008
Image courtesy of Making Two Worlds Work Project, Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Women’s Health Goulburn North East, 2008

Follow this link to a locally developed resource, the short film 'Merle's Story' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEW2_OW-7Us&feature=youtu.be

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