New online learning module about lung cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

Release Date: 

12/08/2016

News Type: 

  • Announcement

Cancer Australia has launched Lung Cancer in our Mob: an online learning module for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers play a vital role in improving cancer health outcomes in their communities.     

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Compared with non-Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 70% more likely to die from lung cancer.

This online learning module provides information for Aboriginal Health Workers, Health Practitioners, and Aboriginal Liaison Officers about lung cancer symptoms, the importance of early detection and treatment options.  

It can also be used as a reference tool by nurses and other allied health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The resource includes a series of short videos showing a Health Worker supporting a patient to overcome some of the barriers they face when starting and completing lung cancer treatment. It explains medical information in plain language and provides details on sources of support for patients and their families.

A Certificate will be generated on completion of the module. This contributes to Continuing Professional Development requirements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners.

To access the module, please visit: http://cancerlearning.gov.au/topics/atsi