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 on one another – often simultaneously.
Cancer is the third leading cause of death for Australian Aborginal and Torres Strait Islanders and, based on data for 1999–2003, mortality rates are estimated at 1.5 times more than for non-Aboriginal Australians.
To effectively address such high rates of cancer within Aborginal 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.
Reducing the prevalence, impact and morbidity related to cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a priority for Cancer Council Victoria and to assist us in this work we have partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). In September 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding was developed between VACCHO and Cancer Council Victoria which underpins our work together to achieve this common goal.
We've created a series of brochures and posters targeted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women:
Bowel: It's time to have a yarn about bowel cancer brochure (1.17Mb)
Bowel: It's time to have a yarn about bowel cancer poster (369Kb)
Bowel: You're lookin' good on the outside, but what about the inside? How to do the bowel cancer screening test (1.93Mb)
Breast: Take the lead – Be breast aware brochure (1,86Mb)
Cervix: Pap tests – Help protect yourself from cervical cancer brochure (442Kb)
Cervix: Pap tests – What if my Pap test is abnormal? brochure (597Kb)
Cervix: Protecting our mob from cervical cancer brochure (270Kb)
Prostate: Men's business – Prostate problems brochure (764Kb)
Prostate: Hey Bruz, having trouble with your waterworks? poster (1.9Mb)
These websites provide information relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.