Can­cer Coun­cil in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion pitch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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