MEDIA RELEASE: Important forum addresses cancer in Aboriginal communities
Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW is hosting a two-day forum (Thursday 17th - Friday 18th of May) in Sydney that will put the spotlight on the important work being done by Aboriginal community controlled health services to provide support to Aboriginal people and families affected by cancer.
More than 50 representatives from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across NSW are expected to attend the forum with prominent speakers including Professor Gail Garvey, Dr Suzanne Moore and Dr Kalinda Griffiths from the Menzies School of Health Research, Dr Rowena Ivers from the Illawarra AMS and Professor Bronwyn Carlson from Macquarie University.
“ACCHSs in NSW are doing deadly work in the Cancer and Tobacco space. The purpose for this forum is to provide a space where we can share these stories and provide additional tools and resources that they can use.” Acting CEO Steve Blunden says.
One of the ACCHSs expected to attend are members of the outstanding Cancer Team driving innovative work at Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service (IAMS). IAMS CEO, Kane Ellis states “We are really proud of the important work our Cancer Care Team is doing, and are excited for this opportunity to share our story with other NSW ACCHSs. The Cancer Care Team are leading the way forward being the only Aboriginal Cancer Care Team in Australia, with the way it operates.”
Some of the sessions that will be covered on the two-days include data collation and systems, bush medicines, training in the use of new tools and resources to support Aboriginal people living with cancer, and an interactive workshop on social media.
Leading researcher Professor Bronwyn Carlson, from Macquarie University, will present some of the findings from her research about how Aboriginal organisations and people are using social media for advocacy and agency.
For news from the forum, follow #AHMRCCancerForum.
For more information, contact: Isobel Marasigan, AH&MRC Communications and Multimedia Officer on (02) 9212 4777