St Vincent’s Hospital prides itself on the compassionate care that it provides to all patients, but in particular to its Aboriginal patients and their families.
In this video we meet Raymond Woods, a proud Wiradjuri man from Hay. Ray was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia back in 28th December 2014, and has been treated at St Vincent’s hospital with chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Ray battled his cancer courageously and maintained his connection to country throughout his treatment, crediting this to his slow but steady recovery.
During his treatment, Ray also graduated from Charles Sturt University with his degree in Wiradjuri language, culture and heritage.
We are so happy to be able to share Ray’s inspiring story and showcase the high level of care provided to Aboriginal patients at St Vincent’s Hospital.
This video was produced as part of the APOCC Research Project.
The APOCC Project is investigating the cancer experiences of Aboriginal people in NSW. 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.
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