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Aboriginal Governance and Engagement

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Aboriginal Elders or Aboriginal community members are required for various positions under the NSW Cancer Plan and the soon to be developed NSW Aboriginal Cancer Strategy.

Aboriginal leadership and engagement are critical to achieving meaningful and lasting improvements in cancer outcomes for Aboriginal people. This is a key step in ensuring that decision making in Aboriginal cancer control activity is culturally safe, appropriate and improves cancer outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW. 

Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal community members who do not work for a NSW Government agency will be paid according to the Cancer Institute NSW Payment of Honorariums policy.

Please send your Expression of Interest to Susan Anderson - Aboriginal Strategic Advisor (susan.anderson1@health.nsw.gov.au) by Wednesday, 27th May 2020 at 5pm.

Please send us an email answering the following:

  • Please list what Committee/Group you would like to apply for
  • That you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (All positions are identified under Section 14d of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977).
  • You have experience with cancer, as a patient, or as a carer or family member of someone with cancer or an interest in improving the experience of Aboriginal people with cancer, their carers and families.
  • Send a small biography or CV about your previous experiences.
  • Have technology to support online meetings and able to attend in person, if needed, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted (Cancer Institute NSW will provide all travel and accommodation needed).

If you have any queries in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact Susan on 8374 3664.

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NSW Aboriginal Cancer Strategic Partnerships and Performance Committee

What is the Committee about?

Cancer Institute NSW (the Institute) in partnership with the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) will oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of a NSW Aboriginal Cancer Strategy which will identifies strategic priorities for Aboriginal people under the NSW Cancer Plan.

The Committee consists of senior decision makers from the Cancer Institute NSW, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and key government and non-government organisations to provide a forum for ensuring that strategic priorities and actions for cancer control in NSW which is informed by and developed in partnership with Aboriginal people.

The co-chairs of the Committee are:

  • Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Institute NSW and,
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

Who are we looking for?

  • Aboriginal Elder/Community member (1 x Rural, 1 x Metropolitan representative)

What is the role of the Committee?

  • ensure Aboriginal Elders and community representatives have an opportunity to set the priorities for their communities
  • ensure the cultural safety of cancer control services across the continuum from prevention to palliative care
  • better integrate the planning and coordination of diagnosis, treatment and care across Aboriginal community controlled health services, primary care and cancer services
  • identify and address priority areas of need for Aboriginal people at risk of cancer and diagnosed with cancer across the care continuum
  • improve the relevance and completeness of data collected to inform directions and monitor progress relating to Aboriginal cancer control
  • strengthen research to drive improvements in cancer outcomes for Aboriginal people

What is the time frame and what is the time commitment required?

The Committee meets for three hours, four times per year. Due to COVID-19 all meetings will be online until travel restrictions are relaxed. Out of session requests maybe sought at the discretion of the Co-Chairs. Email communication may occur between meetings. Communication with Elders/community members will reflect their individual preference. The Cancer Institute NSW will assist with travel arrangements and cover reasonable travel costs of any regional and metropolitan members when meetings are held face to face.

The first meeting was held on Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 from 9am to 12pm.

Aboriginal Cancer Leadership Group

What is the Group About?

The Aboriginal Cancer Leadership Group (the Leadership Group) is a co-design, consultation and monitoring committee which provides leadership and advice for cancer control programs and research that target Aboriginal communities in NSW.  

The co-chairs of the Committee are:

  • Director, Screening and Prevention of the Cancer Institute NSW and,
  • Public Health Manager of the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

Who are we looking for?

  • Aboriginal Elder/Community member (1 x Rural, 1 x Metropolitan representative)

What is the role of the Committee?

  • To provide Aboriginal leadership through the process of co-design in the development, implementation and evaluation of prioritised actions for Aboriginal cancer control
  • Provide organisation-wide oversight and accountability for the strategic direction and implementation of the Institutes Aboriginal programs that are reflected in the NSW Cancer Plan and the NSW Aboriginal Cancer Strategy.
  • Provide Aboriginal community consultation and oversight of projects requiring Ethics approval from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW.
  • Strengthen Aboriginal community control and guidance for development, implementation and reporting of data linkage and epidemiological projects and research projects, where Aboriginal people are reported separately or where the project relates specifically to Aboriginal people.

What is the time frame and what is the time commitment required?

The Committee meets for eight hours, four times per year. This meeting will be hold over two days. Due to COVID-19 all meetings will be online until travel restrictions are relaxed. Out of session requests maybe sought at the discretion of the Co-Chairs. Email communication may occur between meetings. Communication with Elders/community members will reflect their individual preference. The Cancer Institute NSW will assist with travel arrangements and cover reasonable travel costs of any regional and metropolitan members when meeting are held face to face.

The first meeting was held in the 2nd week of June 2020.

Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

What is the Group about?

The aim of the Cancer Institute NSW (the Institute) Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (the Working Group) is to develop and implement the Institutes Reconciliation Action Plan in context to the broader organisational goals and business plans.

The RAP Working Group will work collaboratively with leadership and other Institute divisional staff members to ensure implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan, and that measurable targets are achieved within the specified timeframes.

The Aboriginal Strategic Advisor of the Cancer Institute NSW chairs this group.

Who are we looking for?

  • Aboriginal Elder/Community member (1 x Rural, 1 x Metropolitan representative)

What is the role of the Committee?

  • Meet monthly  to monitor RAP progress and implementation
  • Ensure where necessary that responsibilities are delegated appropriately
  • Review internal feedback about the RAP
  • Record the challenges, achievements and learnings resulting from the implementation of RAP actions
  • Facilitate consultation with leadership, interested staff, external stakeholders (as decided by the RAP working group), and Reconciliation Australia.
  • Volunteer to assist with the implementation of RAP deliverables.
  • Members will support their teams at a local level, to foster a sense of reconciliation in their programs of work.
  • Members of the RAP working group are able to ask for any item relating to the core business of the group to be placed on any agenda
  • Consider RAP implementation issues and consult with relevant business units to find solutions.
  • Develop a new RAP when the current plan expires. The draft RAP will be circulated for comment to all relevant staff, senior leaders and Aboriginal stakeholders

What is the time frame and what is the time commitment required?

The Committee meets monthly for 1-2 hours. Due to COVID-19 all meetings will be online until travel restrictions are relaxed. Out of session requests maybe sought at the discretion of the Co-Chairs. Email communication may occur between meetings. Communication with Elders/community members will reflect their individual preference. The Cancer Institute NSW will assist with travel arrangements and cover reasonable travel costs of any regional and metropolitan members when meeting are held face to face.

The last meeting was held on Tuesday, 16th June 2020 from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

NSW Cancer Plan Governance Committee

What is the Committee about?

The NSW Cancer Plan sets out a coordinated and collaborative approach to cancer control. The current cancer plan for NSW builds on the success of previous plans, with the aim of lessening the burden of cancer in NSW.

The Cancer Institute NSW is establishing the NSW Cancer Plan Governance Committee, which include senior representatives of key stakeholder agencies identified as leads and collaborators in the NSW Cancer Plans and consumer representatives.

This Committee is chaired by the Chief Cancer Officer NSW.

Who are we looking for?

  • Aboriginal Elder/Community member (1 x representative)

What is the role of the Committee?

Some high level functions include:

  • providing oversight and advice on development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for the NSW Cancer Plan
  • promoting and facilitating engagement and communication between all agencies involved in implementing the NSW Cancer Plan.

What is the time frame and what is the time commitment required?

The Committee meets at minimum four times a year for two hours.

Due to COVID-19 all meetings will be online until travel restrictions are relaxed. Out of session requests maybe sought at the discretion of the Co-Chairs. Email communication may occur between meetings. Communication with Elders/community members will reflect their individual preference. The Cancer Institute NSW will assist with travel arrangements and cover reasonable travel costs of any regional and metropolitan members when meeting are held face to face.