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More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are participating in BreastScreen Queensland's breast cancer screening program, as a result of the efforts and support from local Indigenous female community health workers. Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young, said the strategy to make breast cancer screening more culturally appropriate and accessible to Indigenous women had now been recognised with a final placing in the state's Healthcare Improvement Awards.
'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers have been closely involved in the development of a more culturally appropriate four wheel drive mobile service for women in rural and remote communities,' Dr Young said. 'Historically, isolation has been a factor for women in some communities, but Queensland Health has introduced more flexible, mobile services to help overcome that challenge.'
'The focus is now on information, education and growing support for the program as more women learn about the importance of taking part in regular breast cancer screening every two years.' All women aged between 50 and 69 are strongly encouraged to have a free breastscreen with BreastScreen Queensland every two years. Women in their 40s and over 70 are also eligible to attend.