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Louise De Busch
Aboriginal Projects Officer
Education & Research Division
Cancer Council Western Australia

We have moved!
Level 1, 420 Bagot Road
Subiaco WA 6008
P: (08) 9388 4382
Cancer Council 13 11 20

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June 2015 – Issue 2

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WELCOME to the second edition of the ‘Let’s talk about cancer prevention and living with cancer Aboriginal eBulletin’. This newsletter is published quarterly, keeping Aboriginal health professionals or those working with Aboriginal communities who are proudly leading the way to a cancer-free future, up-to-date with all the latest news and information about cancer council.
We hope to use this bulletin to update everyone in the regions on the following:
  1. Aboriginal cancer education and research programs in WA
  2. Aboriginal cancer events and activities planned
  3. Aboriginal cancer issues and trends
  4. Support services available


Introducing the new PEPA Aboriginal Project Officer!

We would like to introduce Alicia King, our new Aboriginal Project Officer at Cancer Council WA who is working on the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach known as PEPA.

Alicia is from Meekatharra in the Midwest and has come to us straight from University where she completed her Health Promotion degree.  Alicia will bring a wealth of knowledge to her role and aims to engage many Aboriginal Health Worker's & Liaison Officers in the PEPA program.

For further information about her role please don’t hesitate to contact Alicia King, PEPA Aboriginal Project Officer on 08-9382 9335 or

We have moved!

As of mid-May, Cancer Council WA have a new home situated at 420 Bagot Road, Subiaco (next door to King Edwards Hospital).  This has effectively bought West Perth, Nedlands and Shenton Park offices together.



Cancer Council WA's Reception and Corporate Services will be situated on the first floor, whilst the Directorate, Business Development, Cancer Information and Support Services, and the Education and Research Division will be located on the third floor.

If you're in the area and would like a tour of the offices please don’t hesitate to contact Louise De Busch, Aboriginal Projects Officer on 08-9388 4382 or

Tobacco Talks at Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed School, Coolgardie!
Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed School (CAPS) Coolgardie is situated 500km east Perth and 38km west of Kalgoorlie. 

In March 2015, our Goldfields Regional Education Officer Pam Foulkes-Taylor attended the school to discuss tobacco and its effects with students aged 11 – 15 years.

Pam commenced with facts, figures and general discussion on the short and long term effects of smoking, followed by a practical activity demonstrating the everyday chemicals found in cigarettes, such as rat poison, cleaning products and battery acid. The students were really engaged and took copious notes to share at home. A lively discussion ensued on playing sport and how smoking might impact on their sporting enjoyment and ability. Lots of the students identified strongly with this message.

A Smarter than Smoking video featuring Eagles and Dockers players brought home the message. The local AMS, Bega Garnbirringu recently produced a tobacco advertisement featuring local talent and the students enjoyed watching the ad and recognising familiar faces. Pam talked about peer pressure and came up with tactics to avoid smoking and how to help others do the same. Pam finished with a quiz which was very popular and noisy as there were plenty of prizes for correct answers.

Mr Jordon Davis later presented Pam with some fantastic anti-smoking thank you cards designed by the students.

There were some gorgeous messages including “I told dad about the 4000 (sic) chemicals” “Thank you… to help people cut the smokes out a little bit’ and best of all “I stopped my uncle and pop from smoking”.  

Rubbing shoulders at the Social Media: 'Likes', Legalities and Learning's Seminar with Wirrpanda Foundation and ICEA!
On Thursday 21st May, I had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with two local prominent Aboriginal women at the Cancer Council WA's Social Media Seminar.  Over 70 participants across the various sectors attended eagerly to learn from some of WA’s local social media gurus.  To hear especially from not-for-profit organisations such as Wirrpanda Foundation and ICEA who also addressed cultural-sensitivity around social media was important for participants and for myself at the Cancer Council having recently developed the Aboriginal Cancer eBulletin.  So it was very special to have those teams present!
I also got to hug Jasirah who was the star of the ‘blind trust experiment” on Cottesloe Beach who has attracted 7, 000, 000 + views world-wide.
You can read a report on ICEA’s success and download here!

Above  Matilda Cunningham (Wirrpanda Foundation) left, Louise De Busch (Cancer Council WA) middle, Josie Janz-Dawson (Wirrpanda Foundation) right.

Above Jasirah Bin Hitam (ICEA) left, Louise De Busch (Cancer Council WA) middle, Tom Joyner (ICEA) right.

Reconciliation Action Plan underway! 
Cancer Council Western Australia is pleased to announce that consultations have begun to establish our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
This action plan aims to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer and to improve health, education and social opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Whilst the initiative is new for the Cancer Council we anticipate we will develop strong evolving relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
We will provide more updates on the Reconciliation Action Plan discussions as we go!
For further information please don’t hesitate to contact Louise De Busch, Aboriginal Projects Officer on 08-9388 4382 or

Bridging the pathway gap for Aboriginal Health Professionals in cancer control education! 

Up to 11 Aboriginal Health Professionals from regional and metropolitan WA have come together for a Cancer Education Course that Cancer Council WA has been running since 2008.
The group met in Perth during 8th - 12th June to learn about types of cancer including the causes and incidence.   Over the course of the week they toured Gastroenterology/Colonoscopy, Radiation therapy, Chemotherapy services; heard from Cancer Nurse Coordinators about linking services between the bush and city; early detection and screening for Bowel, Cervical and Breast cancer and Palliative care; healthy lifestyles and cooking by FOODcents; an insight into all Cancer Council services, a tour of Crawford Lodge including grief and loss training;   - all very crucial to their current roles back home.

Group of 2015!

Picture: Back left to right - Robyn Willock (Geraldton), Jenny Wallam (Bunbury), Melanie Howard (Broome), Denise Abdullah (Esperance), Andrew Boddington (Geraldton), Gwen Rakabula (Geraldton) and Cassandra Clayforth (Cancer Council WA); Front left to right - Louise De Busch (Cancer Council WA), Kristie Taylor (Perth), Cecelia Doyle (Perth), Sally Dickson (Darkan), Pearl Draper (Broomehill) and Erin Harben (Rockingham).

Resources, websites and videos
Archie Roach AM Lung Cancer Story and Campaign!
A video featuring Archie Roach, Ambassador for Lung Foundation Lung Cancer campaign available to view!

His wife Ruby Hunter died on 17th February 2010 aged 54, and then on 14th October 2010 Roach suffered a stroke while working in the Kimberley region. After recuperating, he returned to live performance in April 2011. He has also survived lung cancer, due to early diagnosis in 2011 and major surgery. In 2015, Mr Roach was honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to music as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and a prominent supporter of social justice.

The video is a great resource particularly for Aboriginal people!

Events and courses
 No opportunities at present.
Job Vacancies
Cancer Support Coordinator - Part-time Albany Based Closes 5pm Friday 3 July 2015
Regional Administrative Assistant - Part-time Perth Based Closes 5pm Monday 13 July 2015
Cancer Council WA Education Officer - Midland based Part-time (Maternity Cover - 6 months) Closes 4pm Monday 13 July 2015

What’s On!
National NAIDOC Week: 5-12 July.  Congratulations to Elaine Chambers on winning the 2015 National NAIDOC poster competition.

Our next edition is due in September!

Cancer Council Western Australia acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to them, their culture and their Elders past and present.

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