2019 Aboriginal Cancer Network Forum

The Cancer Institute NSW Aboriginal Cancer Network includes health and community workers, who work with Aboriginal people affected by cancer. It includes Aboriginal community members and consumers.

It brings together people working in the community with those impacted by cancer as a patient, carer or support person.

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Working together: highlights from the 2019 Forum

2019 Aboriginal Cancer Network Forum

When: 4–5 April 2019
Where: The Pullman, 36 College Street, Sydney

This year’s forum highlighted best-practice models of care to improve cancer outcomes for the NSW Aboriginal population.

The Forum is free event for members of the NSW Aboriginal Cancer Network.

Forum Program

Day 1: Thursday 4 April 2019


Registration with tea and coffee


Welcome address from the Cancer Institute NSW
Muggera Cultural Enterprise

Welcome address from the Cancer Institute NSW
Professor David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer, NSW and CEO, Cancer Institute NSW

Connecting understanding of country and culture to service delivery
Kim Whiteley, Manager, Aboriginal Strategy and Health Programs, Western NSW
Primary Health Network

Evolution of a chronic disease strategy: A whole-of-life approach to addressing
chronic disease through delivery of primary care services to Aboriginal people in
far west NSW

Bob Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Corporation


Cuppa and a yarn


Concurrent sessions


Ibis Room 1

Ibis Room 2


Marrabinya – Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands
Donna Jeffries

Working together to give women choice: Community-based HPV self-sampling for Aboriginal women
Jo Marjoram

Program of experience in the palliative approach (PEPA)
Janeen Foffani

Supporting community in their cancer/wellness journey – cancer care team
Kyla Wynn and Trish Levett

Yarning about cancer in our local region: Who is who in the zoo, and what do we all do?
Louise Brown and Fiona Markwick

BreastScreen NSW Greater Western Aboriginal engagement project
Christine Fing

Waminda’s comprehensive care program model
Kristine Falzon, Kristika Kumar and Carley Jones




Lunch and a yarn


Yarning with our concurrent session presenters


What does a good culturally-safe model look like?
Paul Sinclair and Kim Whiteley


Cuppa and a yarn


Hunter New England toolkits for health workers

  • I’m going to get checked. Wanna come?
  • Into the dreaming

A/Prof Anthony Proietto, Susan Mulyk, Rose Wadwell and Aunty Marg




Event concludes

Day 2: April 5 April 2019


Cancer survivor’s early morning walk around Hyde Park
Meet at Pullman Hotel reception Paul Sinclair


Acknowledgment of Country
Re-cap of day 1

Paul Sinclair


Preventing cervical cancer by caring for our women
Teresa Fisher and Rosalind Moxham
Paul Sinclair


Cuppa and a yarn


Shaping the implementation plan for the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW
Megan Varlow


Lunch and goodbyes

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