Well Women Workshop

In October 2012, Hume RICS were successful in applying for funding from Cancer Australia to host a ‘Well Women Workshop’ promoting and encouraging breast awareness and early detection of breast cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

A working party consisting of cancer service and Aboriginal health workers along with a consumer representative was formed to guide the planning of the day.
The workshop was held on the 29th November, 2012 and was facilitated by Alison Simpson, Team Leader Albury Community Health and supported by multiple services including McGrath Breast Care Nurses, Gateway Health, Albury/Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, Mungabareena, Breast Screen and Hume RICS.
The day was held as a ‘pamper day’ and participants were given a pamper bag on arrival as a take home present. These bags were kindly compiled by the working party consumer representative. Volunteer and paid practitioners provided the therapies including facials, nail painting, foot spas and painting.

A canvas was available to paint on throughout the day and for the Aboriginal women to reflect their thoughts and feelings. This canvas will be donated to a health service which will be decided upon by the working party shortly.

A highlight of the day was the attendance of a local Aboriginal woman, Trish, who is currently going through treatment for her breast cancer kindly shared her story with the group and to advocate early detection and treatment.

Over 30 women were in attendance with evaluations comments about what participants had learnt including statements such as ‘don’t worry about shame, go to your Doctor’ and ‘I learnt a lot. I liked hearing the stories from Trish and the DVD’.

don't worry about shame, go to your Doctor

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