We are proud to be supporting an Aboriginal Cancer Healing Centre project in the Flinders and Upper North region, helping to better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may be impacted by cancer in the Whyalla, Port Augusta and surrounding communities.
The project plans to support a more holistic healing journey, improve the uptake of services closer to people’s home communities and ultimately have a positive impact on their emotional, physical and spiritual health and wellbeing expectancy outcomes.
Community consultation is vital for this project and Deslyn Dodd (pictured), Aboriginal Research and Engagement Officer, and Douglas Clinch, Engagement and Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men’s Health, have been busy working with Elders groups and patients across Whyalla and Port Augusta to seek ideas for what elements from the healing model should be implemented.
Deslyn and Douglas have been supported by the research group consisting of members from the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium and the Rural Support Service.
With the theme for World Cancer Day on Friday 4 February being “Close The Care Gap”, we are excited to see this important project come to life. We look forward to keeping you updated!