Cancer Council in reconciliation pitch
CANCER Council WA launched a Reconciliation Action Plan on Wednesday, hailing it as a major step forward in the fight to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in Aboriginal communities.
President Professor George Yeoh said cancer was a significant factor in why life expectancy for Aboriginal Australians is 10-15 years less than non-Aboriginal Australians, with cancer death rates 30 per cent higher for Aboriginal people.
“Our RAP will provide renewed energy to help drive our programs across WA and allow us to lead a community effort to improve the quality of life and cancer outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” he said.
Associate Professor Ted Wilkes chairs the Council’s inaugural Aboriginal Advisory Group.