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Michelle Wilkes' mission to raise cancer awareness

Date posted: 22 August 2014

Aboriginal Cancer Liaison Officer Michelle Wilkes, from Manning Hospital's Cancer and Palliative Care Service is determined to raise cancer awareness within the community and encourage people to get checked if they suspect they have any early warning signs of cancer.  

Ms Wilkes is dedicated to supporting all Aboriginal people and their families from the point of diagnosis, in addition to highlighting cancer screening and prevention. Her position as liaison officer has been initially funded as a six month pilot project as part of the Manning Cancer and Palliative Care Service's broader strategy to identify the gaps in cancer support and services for Aboriginal people. 

 'It's important that we engage with the Aboriginal community about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and of cancer screening, as well as linking them into cancer care services in the acute sector and services available in the community. It's critical that Aboriginal people are supported at all stages of their cancer journey,' Ms Wilkes said.

Source: Manning River Times


Last updated: 21 August 2014
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