Cancer Australia at the World Indigenous Cancer Conference

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Cancer Australia is pleased to be a major sponsor of the inaugural World Indigenous Cancer Conference (WICC) being held in Brisbane 12-14 April 2016 and hosted by Menzies School of Health Research.

The theme for the conference is ‘Connecting, Communicating, and Collaborating across the Globe’.

Cancer in Indigenous populations globally has largely been overlooked, despite evidence that Indigenous people in some areas have significantly greater mortality and lower cancer survival rates. Indigenous people comprise about 6% of the world’s population, and their poorer health and social disadvantage are of increasing international interest, as evidenced by the formation of a United Nationals Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues two decades ago.

Cancer Australia at the WICC

Cancer Australia’s CEO Professor Helen Zorbas AO will be a key speaker in the international plenary panel session ‘Priorities moving forward’ on 14 April 2016 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Cancer Australia will be hosting a facilitated seminar session ‘Putting the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework into practice’ with a panel of five leaders from cancer control and Indigenous health sectors on 13 April 2016 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

Cancer Australia oral presentations are as follows:

  • Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with lung cancer and their communities on 12 April 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Addressing Variations in outcomes for Indigenous women with breast cancer in Australia on 14 April 2016 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • The development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Framework 14 April 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

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