Cancer Australia is calling on government departments, health services and health professionals to use a new approach to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.
Cancer is the third leading cause of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are, on average, 40 per cent more likely to die from cancer than non-Indigenous Australians.
A new resource, Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer provides health services and health professionals across Australia with principles and guidance to ensure that cancer care is culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Indigenous people.
Healthcare that is patient-focused, respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs and values of patients, is critical to good health care outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The new resource was developed in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, in collaboration with Cancer Council Victoria.
Cancer Australia also acknowledge the contribution of its Leadership Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control, who provided high-level expert advice and guidance.