This response aims to address the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a higher incidence of cancers that are preventable, are less likely to participate in screening programs and are more likely than other Australians to be diagnosed with cancer that has progressed to an advanced stage.
The 7 identified priority areas which, based on the evidence, will have the greatest impact in addressing the disparities and improving cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are:
- improving knowledge and attitudes about cancer;
- focusing prevention activities;
- increasing participation in screening and immunisation;
- ensuring early diagnosis;
- delivering optimal and culturally appropriate treatment and care;
- involving, informing and supporting families and carers;
- strengthening the capacity of cancer-related services to meet the needs of Indigenous people.