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Cancer information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2010)


Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council, Cancer Council NSW


Cancer Council NSW




Resource package



With funding provided by Cancer Australia, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW together with Cancer Council NSW, have developed patient resources specifically for Indigenous people affected by cancer. The resources include fact sheets and a booklet of stories from Indigenous people affected by cancer.

The fact sheets focus on cancer support following diagnosis and include information on what cancer is, treatment, palliative care, practical support, talking to health professionals, natural therapies, treatment decisions, and looking after someone who has cancer.

The booklet, Aboriginal cancer journeys: Our stories of kinship, hope and survival contains stories from Indigenous people affected by cancer. It includes personal insights and words of wisdom to provide Indigenous people with an insight into other people's experience of cancer. The booklet includes a pocket in the back cover to accommodate the individual fact sheets.

The resources are available for distribution to patients, their family, and carers via Cancer Council Helpline and Aboriginal Health Workers throughout Australia. Each fact sheet is available on an A5 pad of 50 sheets for health workers to distribute individual sheets to patients and their families. The pads are also available to Cancer Council Helpline staff throughout Australia to use individual sheets for individual callers. The resources are also available for download via the Cancer Council NSW website.

Abstract adapted from Cancer Council NSW

Contact details

Cancer Council NSW
153 Dowling Street
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
PO Box 572
Kings Cross NSW 1340
Ph: (02) 9334 1900



Last updated: 14 July 2016
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