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Table 2 Summary of Cancer Councils in Australia: environmental scan of indigenous cancer-related service initiatives 2010

From: Making progress: the role of cancer councils in Australia in indigenous cancer control

Jurisdiction (No of interviewees) [type] Australia (1) [phone] ACT (1) [phone] NT (2) [phone] Tasmania (2) [phone] SA (2 + 1) [f2f+written]¥ WA (3) [f2f] Qld (3) [phone] Vic (2) [phone] NSW (3) [phone]
Indigenous population 2011 #          
Indigenous population (number) 669,736 6,167 68,901 24,155 37,392 88,277 188,892 47,327 208,364
% of Australian Indigenous 100 0.9 10.3 3.6 5.6 13.2 28.2 7.1 31.1
Proportion of Jurisdiction Pop’n % 3 1.7 29.8 4.7 2.3 3.8 4.2 0.9 2.4
Organisational          
Indigenous person employed No No No No No Yes (1) Yes (1) Yes (2) Yes (1)
Position with specific Indigenous focus No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cultural awareness training No No No No Beginning Yes Yes Yes Yes (trial basis)
Specific Indigenous action plan No No No No Written but not formally implemented No Yes Yes No
Indigenous person on Board No No No No No No No No No
Indigenous representation on working parties Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Links with ACCHS As needed Yes Yes Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Specific programs          
Cancer awareness/HP at Indigenous events N/A Yes Yes No If requested Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tobacco control N/A Yes Provide support Yes Yes Provide support Yes Yes Yes
Cervical screening N/A Provide support Provide support No Provide support Provide support Provide support Yes Yes
Breast cancer awareness N/A Provide support Yes No Provide support Provide support Yes Yes Yes
Indigenous health worker training No No Yes No Beginning Yes Yes No Yes
Cancer Support and care N/A Provide support Yes Yes Provide support Yes Yes No Yes
Provide speakers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indigenous focused resources No No Yes No Yes Beginning Yes Yes Yes
Data on Indigenous cancer statistics Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Research* Planning & funding - - - +++ + +++ + ++
  1. #Population statistics from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/health-faqs/aboriginal-population and based upon Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012) Australian demographic statistics, March quarter 2012. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ¥In South Australia, 2 people were interviewed and one provided written information on their program area activity.
  3. *Assessment based upon extent of research activity and funding specifically focused on Indigenous people with cancer as described in interviews.
  4. ACCHS: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
  5. HP: health promotion.
  6. f2f: face-to-face.
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