Cancer is a major health problem among Indigenous people, even though the rates of new cases (incidence) of cancer among Indigenous people appear to similar to the rates for non-Indigenous people. (It is almost certain that the published figures under-estimate the true incidence rates for Indigenous people, however, because of the incomplete identification of Indigenous people in cancer registrations.) Despite the similarities in incidence rates, the overall death rates from cancer are higher among Indigenous people than among non-Indigenous people.
With relatively high proportions of cancer among Indigenous people being due to lung and other tobacco-related cancers and cervix cancer, the scope for effective prevention is substantial. The development of appropriate strategies and programs - at national, state and regional levels - requires access to accurate, up-to-date information and resources.
This web resource aims to increase the access of people involved in addressing the development and impact of cancer among Indigenous peoples to accurate, up-to-date information and resources.
In aiming to provide access to good quality knowledge, information and resources for people involved in addressing cancer among Indigenous peoples, this web resource will include: reviews; guidelines; resources; programs, projects and lessons; policies and strategies; publications; and links. It will also include information about research activity, organisations, agencies and individuals working in the field.
Development of this web resource has been made possible with funds provided to the HealthInfoNet by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) - both through our ‘core' agreement and special funds made available in 2006-07 for re-development of this resource into its current form.
The HealthInfoNet has partnered with the Menzies School of Health Research, the Lowitja Institute and Cancer Council Australia in hosting the National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) Yarning Place. NICaN is a network and online resource for sharing evidence-based information and resources about cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NICaN is about making sure that what's known about cancer in Indigenous Australians is available to people with cancer, their families, practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
NICaN membership is free and open to all interested individuals, groups, and organisations.