Cancer Council NSW is investigating the cancer experiences of Aboriginal people in NSW through the Aboriginal Patterns of Cancer Care project (APOCC). Although it is well documented that cancer is the second most common cause of death for Aboriginal people, very little was known about the cancer experiences of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people. This project aims to explore the reasons for the increased death rate from cancer for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in NSW.
Erin Dooley, Dr Anthony Dillon and Aunty Clair Jackson explain how the APOCC Research Project came about and why it is so important. This video will also discuss the psychological barriers preventing Aboriginal people from accessing appropriate cancer care and how they can be overcome.
The project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) through a Health Services Research Grant and Cancer Institute NSW through a Cancer Epidemiology Linkage Grant.
For more information about this research project and to find cancer information for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and health workers visit - cancercouncil.com.au/aboriginalcancer
Producers: Joanna Jarrald, Erin Dooley and Sharyn Smith, Cancer Council NSW
Filming and post production: Riccardo Neves
Aunty Clair Jackson, APOCC Aboriginal Advisor and Mentor
Dr Anthony Dillon, APOCC Chief Investigator
Erin Dooley, Cancer Council NSW APOCC Research Project Aboriginal Communications Assistant
We would like to thank the Art Gallery of NSW for generously allowing us to shoot in the Yiribana Gallery and acknowledge the artists whose work appears in the video.
Judy Watson – Internal landscape
Vernon Ah Kee – becauseitisbitter
Inyuma Nampitjinpa – Untitled (Pukunya) 1999
Makinti Napanangka – Untitled 2000
Makinti Napanangka – Untitled 2007
Kutuwulumi Purawarrumpatu Untitled 2001