Using art to get all our sistas checked
Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Gamiloroi artist Madison Connors was commissioned by Cancer Council Victoria to create 12 unique art pieces to raise awareness about cervical screening to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Sistas Get Checked art show travelled to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Aboriginal Gathering Places across Victoria and showcased the 12 pieces of work.
Gallery events brought people together to celebrate Madison Connors' work and have important conversations about cervical screening.
Interested to hear how Madison created her artworks? Learn the meaning behind her art pieces and the importance of regular cervical screenings below.
Don’t delay, get checked sistas!
It’s important to look after ourselves, and this includes keeping our body healthy and getting our health checks done. One of the regular tests that we should do is the Cervical Screening Test.
All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 74 who've ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every five years, even if they're no longer sexually active.
We need to look after our health by taking part in cervical screening.
There are safe options available for mob, including self-collection, which means you can collect your own vaginal sample in private but still have a health professional explain the test and help you if you need it.
Speak to your Aboriginal Health Worker or call 13 11 20 to speak to a Cancer Council nurse about the test and how to schedule a Cervical Screening Test.
You can also check out Cancer Council Victoria’s directory of providers to find a provider that suits you.
Learn more about the Cervical Screening Test and the self-collection option.
Feeling inspired? Here’s how you can get involved
Want to hold a Sistas Get Checked art show in your community, or a cervical screening education session? Contact the Community Engagement Coordinator, Olivia Guebala for more information: Olivia.Guebala@cancervic.org.au
Cancer Council Victoria would like to thank and acknowledge the work of the artist Madison Connors and the following organisations that made this project possible.
If you’re a health professional working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, Sistas Get Checked artwork have been used to create two resources promoting cervical screening:
Women’s Business flipchart – can be used by health professionals working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities to talk about cervical screening during an appointment.
Women’s Business booklet – can be given to community members to take home and learn about cervical screening in their own time.