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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. The focus areas include:
- determining if Aboriginal people are being diagnosed with cancer at later stages
- describing any barriers to Aboriginal people being diagnosed earlier and accessing cancer care
- describing the care that Aboriginal people are receiving and comparing this to care received by non-Aboriginal people.
There are five stages to the project:
- an analysis of a linked data-set of cancers and hospital treatment records
- qualitative interviews with Aboriginal Health Workers, Aboriginal people with cancer and their carers about how they see cancer diagnosis and care
- a Patterns of care study examining treatment received by Aboriginal people with cancer
- a Pathways to diagnosis study examining the barriers to well-timed cancer diagnosis for Aboriginal people with cancer
- a dissemination (distribution) phase so that the results of the project reach all stakeholders.
Abstract adapted from Cancer Council NSW
Cancer Council NSW
Ph: 1800 247 209
Newman C, Treloar C, Brener L, Ellard J, O'Connell D, Butow P, Supramaniam R, Dillon A (2008)
Aboriginal patterns of cancer care: a five-year study in New South Wales.
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(3): 6-7
Supramaniam R (2012)
Closing the information gap: using APOCC Data to inform change.
Paper presented at the Living longer stronger: AH&MRC chronic disease conference 2012. 2012, Sydney
Treloar C, Gray R, Brener L, Jackson C, Saunders V, Johnson P, Harris M, Butow P, Newma C (2013)
Health literacy in relation to cancer: addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services.
Health & Social Care in the Community; 21(6): 655–664
Newman CE, Gray R, Brener L, Jackson LC, Johnson P, Saunders V, Harris M, Butow P, Treloar C (2013)
One size fits all? The discursive framing of cultural difference in health professional accounts of providing cancer care to Aboriginal people.
Ethnicity & Health; 18(4): 433-447