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Cancer Council WA and the Aboriginal Health Council of WA are proud to offer the Cancer Education Course for Aboriginal Health Professionals on 1 – 5 May 2023, in Perth and on 22 – 26 May 2023, in Broome. The nationally accredited cancer education course is suitable for Aboriginal Health Professionals, including Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal Liaison Officers, with an interest in cancer care. The five-day course aims to:

  • Increase participant knowledge about cancer, prevention, early detection, treatment and the impact of disease to improve the care of people with cancer.
  • Improve participant skills to provide support to clients with cancer and promote prevention and early detection messages in the community.
  • Facilitate networks between Aboriginal health professionals and cancer support staff based in the local and surrounding areas.
  • Provide information and support around cancer.

Following completion of the 5-day course, participants receive nationally accredited certification – HLTAHW035. Participants may alternatively choose to attend four shorter non-accredited days of training and instead receive a certificate of attendance.  Attendance options are as follows:

Accredited 5-days of training 8:30am – 4:00pm (certificate of attainment)
Non-accredited 4-days of training 8:30am – 2:30pm (no assessment; certificate of attendance only)

Attendees will also receive:

  • Course materials, including resources from guest presenters.
  • Transport to and from site visits.
  • Catering – morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
  • A ‘limited edition’ cancer education polo shirt.
  • Hat, bottle and sunscreen.
  • Accommodation and travel costs will be considered on an individual basis.

For Perth to secure your registration, submit your application form as soon as possible. Registrations have now been extended, and close 5pm Thursday, 6 April 2023.

For Broome to secure your registration, submit your application form as soon as possible. Registrations have now been extended, and close 5pm Friday, 28 April 2023.

For information on the course, view the Perth flyer and Broome flyer or contact Michelle de La Haye at

Expressions of Interest are open for interested members to join our Cancer Council WA, Aboriginal Advisory Group. This group provides advice to Cancer Council WA to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in Aboriginal people throughout WA. The Aboriginal Advisory Group meets three times a year (beginning, middle and end of year) and advice and guidance is also sought by email. For more information email and see the Terms of Reference and Expression of Interest.

PEPA provides supported palliative approach placements to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, Liaison Officer’s & Outreach Workers. This provides an opportunity to develop your skills in the palliative approach by undertaking a placement within a specialised palliative care service in Perth and rural WA. For more information see Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA).

Find Cancer Early campaign has developed Aboriginal resources aimed to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of skin, bowel, lung, prostate and breast cancer in people aged over 40 years living in regional Western Australia.

The Find Cancer Early symptom checklist is a tool for everyday people and can also help guide conversations between health professionals and patients.

The resource lists 10 early symptoms of the five most common cancers and explains when these symptoms need to be discussed with a doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker.

To order Find Cancer Early checklist resources, download the Find Cancer Early Resource Order Form or visit the Find Cancer Early website for more information.

Let’s Talk is a quarterly eBulletin for Aboriginal health professionals and those working with Aboriginal communities who are proudly leading the way to a cancer free future in WA.

To subscribe or to contribute content, please email


In this Issue:

  • Join our Aboriginal Advisory Group
  • Cancer Australia’s “Culturally safe resource for non-Aboriginal health professionals”
  • The Alcohol.Think Again One Drink campaign
  • and more!

Read the Decemer 2021 issue of Let’s Talk here.


September 2021

In this Issue:

  • New campaign targets bowel cancer screening for Aboriginal West Australians
  • The Yiriman Story
  • Broome Cancer Education Course
  • and more!

Read the September 2021 issue of Let’s Talk here.


June 2021

In this Issue:

  • Cancer Council WA Lodge update
  • New Find Cancer Early resource
  • Why second-hand and third-hand smoke matters to everyone
  • and more!

Read the June 2021 issue of Let’s Talk here.


March 2021

In this Issue:

  • What’s happening in your region?
  • Palliative care placements & education opportunities
  • Crawford & Milroy Lodge: a snapshot
  • and more!

Read the March 2021 issue of Let’s Talk here.

This video is cartoon style and was created for you, an Aboriginal health worker or other health professional, who works closely with Aboriginal people. It is meant to be used as a yarning tool so you can discuss cancer with your clients and community.

The video has clear and simple messages and gives facts about cancer to help break down the myths and fears surrounding cancer. The video has six chapters that look at:

  • What is cancer?
  • Risk factors and prevention (what causes cancer)
  • Screening (National screening programs)
  • Finding cancer early (what symptoms to look for)
  • Treatment and support
  • Summary (a bit of everything above).