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Health Workforce Australia (2013)

National cancer workforce strategic framework.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

NICaN Australia (2013)

NICaN Resources.

: YouTube

This collection of resources from the National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) aim to raise awareness about cancer research and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The videos include information on:

  • NICaN partners
  • breast cancer awareness and survivor stories
  • conference presentations
  • policies
  • research.

Resources will be added to the collection regularly.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Byalawa Project (2011)

Byalawa: a learning and teaching resource for working with Indigenous patients and clients.

: Byalawa Project

This website is an electronic teaching and learning resource designed to demonstrate culturally appropriate ways of working with Indigenous patients and clients. The resource is intended to be used by clinical teachers in a variety of settings and contexts. One of the main ways in which the resource can be used is to help health students learn how to elicit an effective case history and to interview patients in a culturally appropriate way.

The resource features six interviews conducted by health professionals with Indigenous clients. The videos are intended to represent a range of patient and practitioner demographics, while demonstrating themes that are universal to all health professions. The practitioners featured in the videos are real health professionals who have been asked to respond to their 'patients' exactly as they would in real life. The interviews therefore demonstrate a mix of practitioner strengths and weaknesses, which the resource authors say correlates with research indicating students learn best from imperfect examples.

Each video case study is supplemented by detailed scenario notes, descriptions of teaching themes, and sample lesson plans and activities. All the resources are freely available from the Byalawa website.

The resource is designed by the Byalawa Project Team as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Competitive Research Grant. The Byalawa Team included health academics and clinicians from The University of Sydney and James Cook University and represented a wide range of health professions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Menzies School of Health Research (2010)

The SISTER study: Survey of Indigenous Women'S HPV prevalence in Top End Remote communities.

: Menzies School of Health Research

This video shows a presentation given on the human papillomavirus (HPV) in Top End remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT). The specific topics covered during the presentation include:

  • vulvar cancer - background information and incidence
  • HPV - background information, incidence, and vaccination
  • current disease control strategies in the NT
  • Survey of Indigenous women's human papillomavirus prevalence in Top End remote communities (SISTER study).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Cancer Australia (2009)

Cancer support groups: a guide for peer facilitators.

Canberra: Cancer Australia

This guide is one of three resources from Cancer Australia aimed at improving outcomes for people with cancer. It aims to enhance the skills of people working as cancer support facilitators. The guide introduces a number of competencies for facilitators with explanations and examples of each one, presented in the form of short stories. These qualities are useful for facilitating groups that meet face-to-face, over the phone, or online.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cancer Australia (2009)

Cancer support groups: a guide to setting up peer facilitated supports.

Canberra: Cancer Australia

This resource has been developed specifically for peer facilitators (people affected by cancer), health workers and other professionals planning to establish support groups. The resource has been designed to apply to most situations and be useful to individuals and peer groups, as well as for organisations wishing to start a new cancer support group. It provides a set of principles for establishing the cancer support group presented as a set of questions.

Abstract adapted from Cancer Australia

Last updated: 15 September 2015
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