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Free webinar for chronic disease workers

23 March 2017

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet invites you to attend a free webinar on Wednesday 29 March 2017 about the HealthInfoNet rsquo;s new Chronic Disease Workforce Portal.
 

Leadership group established on cancer control

16 March 2017

Cancer Australia has established a leadership group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer control to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

New public consultation portal launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

9 March 2017

A new online public consultation portal, My Life, My Lead, has been launched to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.
 

Help sought ahead of cancer fundraiser

1 March 2017

After an incredibly successful run last year, the National Breast Cancer Foundation's Mother's Day Classic is set to return and the Town of Port Hedland, Western Australia, is calling for volunteers and registrations.
 

Service providers for the Integrated Team Care Program in WA

23 January 2017

The Western Australian (WA) Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has appointed service providers for the Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program across its three Primary Health Networks.
 

Cancer Centre and Renal Centre opened in Geraldton

29 November 2016

A multi-million dollar cancer centre and renal centre was officially opened in Geraldon, Western Australia (WA), last week.
 

Aboriginal artist wins statewide competition to raise awareness about cancer

21 November 2016

Aboriginal artist Peta Ugle has won a statewide competition as part of a new initiative to raise awareness about Aboriginal cancer rates.
 

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today.
 

Call for nationwide Indigenous hepatitis B vaccinations

15 November 2016

According to a new report for the World Health Organisation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are at significant increased risk of hepatitis B.
 

High Indigenous cancer rates prompt new approach to close the gap

15 November 2016

Statistics showing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 30% more likely to die from cancer than other Australians and 65% more likely if they live in rural or remote areas have prompted a new approach by Cancer Council Western Australia (WA).
 

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

8 November 2016

Australian women are being encouraged to make sure they are up to date with their cervical screening and Gardasil vaccinations.
 

Australian Government opens first Health Care Homes grant round

7 November 2016

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced that medical practices in ten Primary Health Network regions around Australia can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.
 

Have your say about factors that can help more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to take part in mammographic screening

27 October 2016

The University of Melbourne is currently undertaking a study on behalf of Cancer Australia to identify critical success factors for increasing mammographic screening participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across Australia.
 

Breast cancer prevention drug subsidised by PBS

4 October 2016

A preventative medicine which could reduce the risk of developing breast cancer has been subsidised by the Federal government's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 1-31 October

1 October 2016

October is Australia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
 

Opportunity to test new cervical screening resource

26 September 2016

The Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with Cancer Council Australia is developing a toolkit for engaging under-screened and never screened women for use in the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (post 1 May 2017).
 

Significantly higher disease burden for Indigenous Australians - but improvements made

26 September 2016

A new report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face a substantially higher disease burden than non-Indigenous Australians, improvements have been seen, with more possible.
 

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.
 

Register now for Breastscreen WA's Pink Ribbon Breakfast

13 September 2016

Registrations are now open for Breastscreen Western Australia (WA)'s Pink Ribbon Breakfast, to be held Monday 24 October at Fraser's Function Centre in King's Park, Perth.
 

Upgrades boost efficiency at Kalgoorlie Health Campus

7 September 2016

Redevelopment Project Manager, Alicia Michalanney, says benefits of the $59.6 million redevelopment of the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, Western Australia (WA) have been realised within a year of the official launch of the improvements.
 

Inspiring local Aboriginal community leaders to talk more about rethinking sugary drink messages

5 September 2016

Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) has partnered with Heart Foundation through LiveLighter to raise awareness of the significant health problems associated with sugary drink consumption across Aboriginal WA communities.
 

New systems for cancer screening

5 September 2016

New laws establishing a national cancer screening register have been announced by the Minister for Health, replacing eight separate state and territory cervical cancer registers and the current bowel cancer screening system.
 

Chronic care finds new home in Medicare

26 August 2016

The Australian Government announced this week the ten regions across the country that will participate in stage one of the Health Care Homes model for delivering Medicare to Australians with chronic illness.
 

Robyn overcoming barriers to a cancer-free life

21 August 2016

Through a series of events and activities, community leader and breast cancer survivor Robin Payne will highlight the importance of breast screening and discuss barriers to participation that exist for Aboriginal women.
 

Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.
 

Community support for women with breast cancer

8 August 2016

Cancer Australia has awarded four new Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Seeding Grants to support women with breast cancer in their local communities.
 

Ladies day out

5 August 2016

Women from Swan Hill were treated to a pampering day, but it was also an important health-check in.
 

Minister inspects $5.3m Geraldton health projects

20 July 2016

Western Australian (WA) Health Minister, John Day, visited Geraldton last week to see construction of the new $4.1 million Mid West Cancer Centre and $1.2 million renal facilities.  Developed in partnership with the Federal Government, the new cancer centre will increase the number of local chemotherapy chairs from five to seven, and provide purpose-built facilities for consultations and outpatient services.  Mr Day said construction of new renal consultation and education facilities would allow the regional renal team to provide more support for patients and their families.  Construction of the cancer and renal centres is expected to be complete in October.
 

Partnership between Aboriginal Medical Service and Cancer Council makes a difference

12 July 2016

A partnership between the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) and Cancer Council is challenging taboos around cancer in Aboriginal communities.
 

Yarn about cancer encourages discussion

8 July 2016

The Yarn about cancer NAIDOC event on Thursday morning, invited Rockhampton locals to join a conversation about cancer.
 

Australian Aboriginals have world’s highest mesothelioma rate

7 July 2016

The Aboriginal people of Western Australia (WA) have the highest per capita incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the world according to a new article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Health. A now-closed asbestos mine in Wittenoon, in the Pilbara region of WA may be to blame.
 

Mallee Aboriginal health service providers united

7 July 2016

Mallee Aboriginal health service providers united yesterday in an effort to increase the number of indigenous women being screened for breast cancer.
 

Stars of Dubbo raise $107,000 for Cancer Council NSW

4 July 2016

Cancer services in the central west are set to benefit after Friday night's stars of Dubbo dance for Cancer gala event raised an estimated $107,000 for Cancer Council NSW.
 

Cancer Queensland invites locals to join NAIDOC Week

1 July 2016

Cancer Council Queensland is inviting Rockhampton locals to join a conversation about cancer next Thursday, in support of NAIDOC Week (July 3-10).
 

New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

30 June 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce.
 

Health and community leaders back campaign against chronic disease

16 June 2016

More than 25 health and community leaders have called on all political parties to agree before the election to act to reduce the burden of chronic disease.  The open letter signatories, including Aboriginal leader, June Oscar AO, have signed up to a call by Prevention 1st urging political parties to put preventive health policy first ahead of the July Federal Election.
 

Indigenous cancer survival improves significantly

8 June 2016

New research shows survival rates for Indigenous cancer patients has improved significantly since the late 90s, despite the Indigenous and non-Indigenous survival disparity remaining unchanged.
 

Urgent need for more Aboriginal cancer care staff

2 June 2016

Research revealed by researchers found that Aboriginal people with cancer are less likely to receive active treatment and have poorer long term outcomes compared to non-Aboriginal people.
 

National strategic framework for chronic conditions: online public consultation on the second draft

18 May 2016

Chronic conditions are long-term public health problems that have ongoing effects.
 

New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Make smoking history: Last dance

11 May 2016

On Sunday 15 May, Make smoking history will air the Western Australia (WA) campaign Last dance.
 

WA Aborignal medical service sector supports Federal Government plan for chronic disease patients

9 May 2016

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) said the Federal Government's new plan to provide better care for people with chronic illnesses amounted to trailing the Aboriginal medical service (AMS) model in non-Aboriginal communities.  A meeting in April of AMS Chief Executive Officers from Western Australia's (WA) welcomed the $20 million Health care homes trial, which will start on 1 July 2017 under the Healthier Medicare program.
 

Medical service urge women to get pap smear

5 May 2016

As part of a month-long cervical cancer awareness month in May, South West women are beating their fears of pap smears.
 

Budget 2016-17: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

4 May 2016

Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, delivered his first Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 3 May 2016.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey 2014-15 released

29 April 2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

Cervical cancer screening rates among Indigenous women show no improvement: study

14 April 2016

There has been no improvement in screening rates for Indigenous women in the 25-year history of the Australian National cervical cancer screening program (NCSP), a study shows.
 

First ever world Indigenous cancer conference comes to Brisbane

13 April 2016

Indigenous communities, consumers and health experts came together yesterday at the opening of the inaugural World Indigenous cancer conference (WICC) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
 

Study reveals true scale of Indigenous lung cancer disparity

12 April 2016

A news study has found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote areas are approximately eight times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Public Health Week sets focus on crucial topics and encourages discussion

1 April 2016

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is encouraging people to get involved in this year’s Public Health Week, which runs from 4-8 April 2016.
 

Cancer Council NSW says more Indigenous workers needed in light of disparity in health outcomes

22 March 2016

As part of the 10-year anniversary of the Close the gap campaign, Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW) has renewed its call for more Aboriginal workers in cancer services to lower the Indigenous mortality rate.
 

Women's business workshop resource released

17 March 2016

Cancer Australia has announce the release of the Women's business workshop - community education resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.
 

Targeting Cancer supports welcomes first Indigenous trainee to radiation oncology

17 March 2016

Only 1% of people working in the health workforce are Indigenous, and even fewer work with health information or statistics.
 

The opportunities for pharmacists to play a role in Aboriginal health services

16 March 2016

There are many opportunities for pharmacists to help improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but it's a complex area to work in.
 

Close the gap day sets focus on health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

15 March 2016

Australians are being encouraged to join the movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality, and celebrate this year's National Close the gap day, organised by Oxfam Australia, this week on Thursday 17 March.
 

Grant lets centre run free cervical clinic for women

15 March 2016

A new grant will allow the Fremantle Women's Health Centre (FWHC) to work on cervical cancer prevention by running a free pap clinic for Indigenous women.
 

World Indigenous cancer conference 2016 web-based app launched

14 March 2016

The WICC 2016 app sponsored by ICON Cancer Care is now available for download here.
 

Call for more Indigenous staff in cancer services

27 February 2016

State member for Bathurst Paul Toole has met with Cancer Council NSW to confirm his support for increasing the Indigenous workforce in cancer services across the region.
 

Spotlight on cancer: Relay partnership to raise awareness of health gap

26 February 2016

A partnership supporting the Mildura Relay for life aims to bring cancer research into the spotlight while addressing the widening indigenous cancer mortality rate. Relay for life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services.
 

Can you name a symptom of ovarian cancer?

24 February 2016

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has highlighted a new social media awareness campaign as an important initiative to improve womens knowledge and awareness of ovarian cancer. Marking ovarian cancer awareness month this February, Cancer Australia has launched a new online resource 'No one knows your body like you do' to raise awareness and help women identify the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
 

Draft clinical management guidelines for the prevention of cervical cancer

24 February 2016

In June 2015, Cancer Council Australia was commissioned to develop clinical management guidelines for the renewed National cervical screening program.
 

Call for palliative care for every person with a life-limiting cancer

10 February 2016

Illawarra (New South Wales) cancer advocates are calling on the State Government to fund more specialist palliative care services for the region.
 

Apunipima team member to appear in national breast cancer campaign

10 February 2016

Apunipima Health Promotion Officer Fiona Millard will appear in a national breast screening promotional campaign which will be aired on the internet later this year.
 

New Make smoking history Sponge campaign

9 February 2016

On Sunday 14 February 2016 Make Smoking History will air the West Australian state-wide campaign Sponge.
 

EX-Kennedy LNP candidate Noeline Ikin keen to boost Indigenous cancer awareness

1 February 2016

The former Liberal National Party candidate for Bob Katter's seat of Kennedy, in northern Queensland, is hoping to raise more awareness about cancer in Indigenous communities.
 

West Australian Indigenous cancer survivor's rodeo success

22 January 2016

An Indigenous rodeo rider from north-west WA has proven her worth on the national rodeo circuit, taking out a top five placing in Australia's biggest rodeo in Tamworth.
 

Expression of interest for Midwest Aboriginal Health Professionals

12 January 2016

Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) are now calling for expressions of interest for the Cancer Education Course for Midwest Aboriginal Health Professionals in Geraldton from 9 - 12 May 2016.
 

Bowel and breast screening saves lifes

5 January 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York are being reminded of the importance of breast and bowel cancer screenings.
 

Cancer care training tools win Harry Christian Giese - Research into Action Award

2 December 2015

Division Leader of Epidemiology and Health Systems at the Menzies School of Health Research, Associate Professor Gail Garvey, has been named as the 2015 recipient of the Harry Christian Giese - Research in Action Award to put her research in psycho-oncology, understanding and treating the social, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of cancer, from prevention to bereavement, into action.
 

$630 million for almost 900 research projects announced by the NHMRC

12 November 2015

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia's world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure, announced Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, last week.
 

Dr Mick Adams works with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to launch new resources

23 October 2015

Men who are part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will now have access to new education resources on prostate cancer.
 

Let's yarn about breast cancer: find it early and survive

19 October 2015

Cancer Australia has released a cancer handbook for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
 

Combating cancer

13 October 2015

Gail Garvey an Indigenous health researcher at Menzies School of Health Research, wants to make a difference in Aboriginal health through her field of work.
 

Cancer crusader and firefighter do Alice proud with Australian honours

18 September 2015

Alice Springs resident Lesley Reilly who was on the Queens birthday honours list has been recognised for her contribution to the community.
 

Proposed Medicare reforms for chronically-ill patients

The Turnbull Government has released a number of proposed reforms to the health system in an attempt to curb the rate of unnecessary hospitalisations due to chronic conditions.
 
 
Last updated: 23 March 2017
 
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