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New hub for communities affected by cancer

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Chair of Our Mob and Cancer working group, Kristine Falzon. Image: supplied

Our Mob and Cancer, a new dedicated website on cancer developed by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer, was launched by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.  


Our Mob and Cancer provides culturally appropriate information, resources and support for patients, their families, communities, and health professionals. 

“Cancer places a heavy burden not only on those diagnosed with the disease but also their families, carers, Elders and the wider community,” said Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.

“By using a strength-based, culturally-focussed approach that reflects our resilience and values, the Our Mob and Cancer platform hopes to engage more effectively with community and answer the needs of Indigenous Australians with cancer and their families.”

Kristine Falzon, Chair of the Cancer Australia Our Mob and Cancer Expert Reference Group said the website aims to engage more effectively with community and provide a culturally safe, central place for those impacted by cancer.


“We know that cancer affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at a higher rate so having a dedicated hub for patients where they can see themselves in the website and feel culturally safe is really important,” said Kristine. 


The Cancer Australia website includes critical information about the impact of cancer, ways to protect against cancer, types of cancer, diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer, how cancer spreads and where to get help and support.


A section of the website guides health professionals on providing culturally appropriate optimal cancer care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients and explains the importance of this in supporting the best cancer outcomes possible.


The website also includes information about culturally sensitive topics around Sorry Business, Men’s and Women’s Business and Shame, and how these relate to cancer outcomes and wellbeing.


Indigenous Australian artist Riki Salam created the website’s artwork ‘Hope and Healing for Country,’ to help visitors of the site feel welcome.


“To guide and design the project from inception, Cancer Australia has incorporated the voices and experiences of Indigenous Australians affected by cancer, the Community, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Expert Reference Group, and Leadership Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control,” said Professor Dorothy Keefe, CEO Cancer Australia.  




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