We recognise that Victoria is one of the most culturally diverse states in Australia and we are committed to reducing the impact of cancer in culturally diverse communities in Victoria.
Approximately 24% of total cancer diagnoses in Victoria are in people born in non-English speaking countries. The limited research available from Australia suggests that people from culturally diverse backgrounds experience poorer cancer outcomes including:
The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities consist of the key targeted underscreened populations for cervical, breast and bowel screening programs. Alcohol and smoking rates are also higher in some CALD communities compared to the general population.
Cultural Diversity Plan
Cancer Council Victoria's Cultural Diversity Plan 2013–2016 outlines the overarching priorities, strategies and outcomes we aim to achieve. It aims to improve the way we operate as an organisation by improving communication of information, providing inclusive services and programs, and improving ways we engage with diverse communities in Victoria.
There are three main priorities:
These priorities have been identified through combined findings from consultations, research and a cultural audit of the organisation conducted in 2012.
MOU with Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
Cancer Council Victoria signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria in 2014 to work together in preventing cancer in Victoria's multicultural communities.
The Cancer Council Victoria Cultural Diversity Program has employed Bilingual Health Facilitators in a range of languages to promote cancer prevention and Quit Victoria messages to CALD community groups. These messages are delivered through community engagement activities (e.g. Relay for Life) and ethnic media.
Cancer Council Victoria offers a range of programs and resources to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. To find out more, visit the links below:
If you would like to give us any feedback or more information about cultural diversity at Cancer Council Victoria, or provide feedback on our website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org