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Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to cut their cancer risk

Cancer Council SA remains committed to making meaningful impact in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a strengths-based approach—empowering, educating and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make positive changes to their health and ultimately, reduce their cancer risk.

Cancer Council SA Quitskills Impact 2021 263 participants in training

Cancer Council SA Quitskills online training

Quitskills

An evidence-based, nationally-recognised program, Quitskills equips Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers with the confidence to effectively and appropriately support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their quitting journey.

Research shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are three
times more likely to smoke compared to non-Indigenous Australians.
Combining a variety of backgrounds, both personally and professionally, the Quitskills team is passionate about presenting a program that makes a real impact in urban, regional and remote communities.

Cancer Council SA Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Cancer Screening program

Promoting Cancer Screening

Through funding from Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN), Cancer Council SA developed a series of cancer screening videos featuring Aboriginal Ambassadors and health
experts to promote the importance of cancer screening participation in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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“When I was approached to be a Cancer Council SA Ambassador, I jumped
at the opportunity. I think it’s very important, not only for community, but
for your immediate family, to understand just how important screening is. Almost 10 years ago, I lost my brother to bowel cancer. He didn’t know about the symptoms and had never done a bowel cancer test so just thought he had a hernia. If he had known more, the outcome might have been different.
Then, three years ago, I lost my twin sister to bowel cancer.
To lose two people to bowel cancer, especially when there is a such a reliable
screening test, is really hard. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do
the test as bowel cancer can develop without any symptoms at all. I don’t
want anyone to go through what our family’s been through, which is why
promoting cancer screening is so important to me.” – Aunty Janice Rigney
Cancer Council SA Aboriginal Ambassador.