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LIVE DISCUSSION FORUM: PREVENTION

  • Member
    11 March 2015

    These are some of the issues that were highlighted in a recent review. Do you have any comments about these?


     


    A review of research evidence has identified the following issues as affecting cancer prevention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


     • Lack of appropriate and high quality services, particularly in rural or remote areas (e.g. no services in area; widely varying quality of care; services do not meet the needs or preferences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people such as the need for interpreters, liaison officers).


    • Lack of knowledge; fears and beliefs about cancer (not knowing symptoms, treatments; fears cancer is untreatable; not talking about cancer; health/cancer literacy)


    • Few public health / health promotion programs target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer-related issues


    • Lack of cultural competence within cancer care/support services and workforce (capacity of organisations and individuals to recognise, respect and respond to cultural differences in order to improve the quality of care or services)


    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer has not been seen as a priority


    • Mistrust of medical system; services seen as culturally unsafe


    • Social determinants of health such as poverty, education, housing, racism, power to control own life, that are known to affect the health status of populations


    • Barriers to accessing services, such as costs, distance, transport, accommodation, fears about experiencing racism or feeling culturally unsafe

  • Member
    11 March 2015

    Perhaps Brian you could share your story about the Indigenous young man with cancer?

  • Member
    11 March 2015

    Do we have anyone with us?

  • Member
    11 March 2015

    Thank you so much for joining us today. I'm Vikki and I work for Menzies School of Health Research. I'd like to acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which each of us are meeting on for the Yarning Forums today. I would like to pay my respect to the Elders past and present and also to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the forum today.


     


    We hope that we will have a lively discussion about issues impacting upon prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As noted in the main post (above), information today will help inform the developent of a National Framework to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 


     


    Today, is the first topic in a series of topics related to cancer across the cancer continuum. So let's begin.


     


    What do you think are the main issues or barriers related to engaging and suporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in activities related to prevention? Prevention refers to action to reduce one's risk of cancer, for example, avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors. 

  • Member
    5 March 2015

    We will be holding a live discussion forum on this topic on Wednesday, March 11 at 2pm (EST). Prevention refers to action to reduce one's risk of cancer; for example, avoiding risk factors (eg smoking) and increasing protective factors (eg having a good diet, getting plenty of exercise). We invite you to join us in having a yarn about what you think are the main issues or barriers related to engaging and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in preventative activities. 


     


    You can also post comments to this forum anytime, and/or watch the conversation by clicking the 'Watch Topic' button at the top of this page. 


     


    By taking part in these forums, you are taking part in a national consultation process being conducted by Cancer Australia and the Menzies School of Health Research to develop a National Framework to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 


     


    The information you provide may be used to help inform the development of the Framework. Any personal information you share will be used and kept by Cancer Australia in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles. Information you submit through this yarning place will also be visible to other participants. If you have any concerns about this forum, please direct your concerns to: jenny.brands@menzies.edu.au or bridget.kehoe@menzies.edu.au