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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

PapScreen Vic initiatives helping to improve cancer health outcomes for Indigenous communities

Date posted: 18 April 2012

PapScreen Victoria has implemented a funding initiative to help improve cervical screening rates within the Koori community. The Koori community grants will offer of up to $3,000 each to Aboriginal health services and organisations dedicated to improving cervical screening for Indigenous women across Victoria. The funds can be used to provide additional Pap test clinics, or to implement a health promotion event encouraging Indigenous women within their local community to have regular Pap tests.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia are currently twice as likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and five times more likely to die from the disease than non-Indigenous women. Kylie Johnson, Aboriginal education program coordinator at PapScreen Victoria, says Indigenous women are a key priority when it comes to improving cervical screening participation.

'PapScreen Victoria's Koori grants program is just one initiative we're undertaking to help improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We are also working closely with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and Aboriginal health professionals to target cancer prevention messages to Indigenous Victorians. Education within these communities is crucial to effectively address these much higher rates of cervical cancer,' Ms Johnson said.

Source: PapScreen Victoria

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Carlton VIC 3053
Ph: 13 11 20
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Last updated: 18 April 2012
 
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