Can­cer Coun­cil Aus­tralia work with health work­ers to im­prove in­dige­nous health

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IN­DIGE­NOUS Aus­tralians are at greater risk of re­ceiv­ing a can­cer di­ag­no­sis and 50 per cent more likely to die from can­cer than non-in­dige­nous Aus­tralians, a new re­port has found.

The study, re­leased by the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare (AIHW) and Can­cer Aus­tralia ear­lier this month, shows in­dige­nous can­cer pa­tients have higher rates of new can­cer cases and can­cer deaths than non-In­dige­nous Aus­tralians.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land has worked with In­dige­nous health work­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers to de­velop a book­let called Wanem Mor­phine as a re­source to help In­dige­nous Queens­lan­ders un­der­stand the use of mor­phine for pain relief in can­cer treat­ment.

More in­for­ma­tion about Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land and the book­let Wanem Mor­phine is avail­able at www.can­cerqld.org.au or Can­cer Coun­cil Helpline 13 11 20.

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