Cancer Australia held a two-day National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Forum on 11 -12 June 2014, in Brisbane QLD.

In line with the Forum theme, ‘Working together on cancer’, Cancer Australia brought together over 150 health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to build capacity to address the significant disparities in cancer outcomes.

The Forum had three main aims:

  • Increase awareness and understanding in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce of evidence based, best practice cancer care including the importance of early detection, appropriate treatment, referral pathways and support;
  • Facilitate linkages and networks between health professionals and organisation’s in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer space; and
  • Understand priorities from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce in providing cancer information and support to their communities.

The Forum focused on breast and lung cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and cancers for which Indigenous Australians experience significantly poorer outcomes than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Cancer Australia would like to thank all of the speakers, participants and cancer survivors who attended the forum and generously shared their stories with us.

If you were unable to attend the Forum, you can watch the recorded presentations on Cancer Australia's YouTube channel.