1. 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

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  2. Aunty Barb is passionate about raising community awareness around cancer. This year, 2015 will be the 7th time she will hold her annual Breast Cancer Morning Tea at Yarra Bay Sailing Club, to which she welcomes both women and men from Aboriginal communities across the state. Barb’s event is a successful community-led program and a great example of how we can start an internal discussion about cancer and smash the myth that it is a death sentence.

    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

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  3. Scott Lyons is a young Aboriginal man with a noble aspiration – to change the state of health in his community and see his people live longer, healthier lives. He is an active member of the Redfern community in which he was born and raised, a personal trainer, as well as a student at the University of Technology Sydney, where he is undertaking a bachelor of sport and exercise science.

    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

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  4. Norm is very passionate about raising awareness around cancer. He has a very strong, positive message that he hopes to get back to his people: early detection and treatment means having hope and faith so you can see you children and grandchildren grow up.

    Norm knows first-hand that the cancer journey is not just physical, it is highly emotional and spiritual; therefore we need more cultural safety in cancer care, and cultural safety means having Aboriginal faces caring for you. His legacy will be ensuring Aboriginal people have a place where it is safe to be sick, where it is okay to have cancer.

    Norman is a Health Worker at Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour. He is also the Chair of the Cancer Council NSW, Aboriginal Patterns Of Cancer Care (APOCC) Research Project Advisory Group.

    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

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  5. Mick takes us through his personal journey from diagnoses to treatment to survivorship.

    To find more stories and cancer information for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and health workers visit - cancercouncil.com.au/aboriginalcancer

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