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Health literacy in relation to cancer: addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services

by Treloar C, Gray R, Brener L, Jackson C, Saunders V, Johnson P, Harris M, Butow P, Newma C

Journal article
Year 2013
Journal Health & Social Care in the Community
Volume 21
Issue 6
Page 655–664

Abstract

This study examined individual, social and cultural aspects of health literacy relevant to cancer among Indigenous patients, carers and their health workers in New South Wales. It aimed to inform communication and help highlight how beliefs can shape responses to cancer.

The data was collected from interviews conducted with 22 Indigenous people who had been diagnosed with cancer, 18 people who were carers of Indigenous people with cancer and 16 healthcare workers (eight Aboriginal and eight non-Aboriginal health workers).

The results showed that awareness, knowledge and experience of cancer were largely absent from people's lives and experiences until they were diagnosed, and that Indigenous views on cancer (particularly equating cancer to death) differed from mainstream non - Indigenous views.

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  • Aboriginal patterns of cancer care project

    The Patterns of cancer care for Aboriginal people (APOCC) project is being run by Cancer Council NSW to investigate the reason for the increasing number of deaths from cancer in Aboriginal people in NSW.

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