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  • 4 September

    BreastScreen WA (BSWA) and the WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP) are seeking new members for their Aboriginal Women’s Reference Group (AWRG). 


    This membership is for Aboriginal* women preferably employed or volunteering in the area of women’s health and wellbeing.


    Membership positions are being sought for these areas: Gascoyne, Goldfields, Great Southern, Kimberley, Metropolitan, Midwest, Peel, Pilbara, South West and Wheatbelt.


    As a Reference Group member you will be required to;



    • provide advice on, and contribute to, the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of BSWA and WACCPP strategies and initiatives to enhance the cultural appropriateness of services

    • support the objectives of BSWA and the WACCPP, by promoting and/or identifying opportunities to enhance delivery of activities and initiatives for Aboriginal women in WA

    • provide a communication channel between the community, BSWA and the WACCPP on breast and cervical screening issues important to Aboriginal women

    • assist with the development of culturally appropriate resources, health promotion material and communication strategies that support cervical and breast cancer prevention

    • act as key contact and assist the Aboriginal Program Officers during visits to your region

    • attend meetings and teleconferences on a regular basis (minimum of three teleconference meetings per year and one face to face meeting biennially). All expenses for travel, accommodation and meals for country members will be met by BSWA and the WACCPP.


    If you believe you can help contribute to this reference group or know of someone please contact Kelly Cameron or Kay Walley via email below for a Nomination Form with details on how to apply. 


     


    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly Cameron from BSWA on 9323 6709 Kelly.Cameron@health.wa.gov.au or Kay Walley from WACCPP on 6553 0716 kay.walley@health.wa.gov.au


     


    NOMINATIONS CLOSE MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2018


     


     


     


    * Within Western Australia, the term Aboriginal is used in preference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, in recognition that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of Western Australia. No disrespect is intended to our Torres Strait Islander colleagues and community.

  • 20 December 2016

    Update on study: Towards systematic monitoring of the experiences of care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer: Phase One. Menzies School of Health Research.


     


    For the last five months, Menzies School of Health Research has been doing a study about how best to monitor and improve the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are diagnosed and treated for cancer. We have done interviews with 48 people in total, making contact with participants from four different health services and through NICaN. Eighteen of the participants are Aboriginal people affected by cancer, twenty five participants are health professionals working in the area and five participants are both health professionals and Aboriginal people affected by cancer.


     


    The study team has talked directly to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to find out the problem areas when receiving care for cancer. The research team has talked to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer and health professionals who work in this area about:



    • what their priorities are and

    • how their experiences of care should be measured.


    When the study is completed, it will lead to further work, which will help us ensure that the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in wider research into the experiences of care of people with cancer. At the moment, most research into cancer patient's experiences of care is not capturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.


     


    The study team is currently reviewing and summarising what was said in the interviews. We will develop a plan for the next part of the study during this process and expect to be in touch with participants again for a second interview in the first few months of 2017. New participants are also eligible to join at this stage.


    Please contact Monica Green, Research Officer, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University if you are interested. Phone 0421 236 366; Email: monica.green@menzies.edu.au.