Such a great disparity can't simply be attributed to 'lifestyle' factors nor is it indicative solely of a predisposition to chronic illnesses. The factors contributing to ill health among our Indigenous population are incredibly complex and varied, many of which impact upon one another – often simultaneously.
Cancer is the third leading cause of death for Indigenous Australians and, based on data for 1999–2003, mortality rates are estimated at 1.5 times more than for non-Indigenous Australians.
To effectively address such high rates of cancer within Indigenous communities, education around risk factors and available screening programs is integral.
We work closely with Aboriginal organisations, health workers, government and businesses to target cancer prevention messages to Victorian Aboriginal communities.