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This project, in a pilot phase, is about community engagement and education. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of cancer among Aboriginal people living in the Albury/Wadonga region of Victoria/New South Wales. It also aims to encourage people to take action if they are concerned about their health which can lead to the early detection of cancers and improved outcomes.
The project will focus on cancers most prevalent in the Aboriginal communities involved, and cancers where the patient outcome is poor. These include lung, trachea, oesophageal, and head and neck cancers. The project will work to enhance the capacity of Aboriginal health professionals' knowledge of cancer, and community health service providers support for community members.
Abstract adapted from Hume RICS
Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service/East Hume Cancer Network
Ph: (02) 6057 5200
This video is part of the Supporting people with cancer project within the Albury/Wodonga Aboriginal community. Merle is a lung cancer survivor who shares her story alongside her daughter, Valda who is a registered nurse. Merle and Valda give a candid yet reassuring account of the challenges of telling family members about Merle's cancer diagnosis and about the experience of leaving home to have treatment in the city.
This project is led by Lung Foundation Australia in partnership with Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service and funded by Cancer Australia.
Lung Foundation Australia abstract