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Cultural understanding and respect are key to improving Indigenous cancer care and outcomes

August 21, 2018

Cancer Australia has released a new, first of its kind, Optimal Care Pathway, which identifies core approaches to ensure quality care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer and improve their cancer treatment experience and outcomes.

Healthcare that is patient-focused, and that is respectful of and responsive to the preferences, needs and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, is critical to good health care outcomes.

The Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancerprovides health services and health professionals across all sectors in Australia with principles and guidance to ensure that care is responsive to the needs of Indigenous people.

The Optimal Care Pathway is accompanied by consumer resources which outline what patients should expect on the cancer pathway and the care they should be offered.

Health professionals and health services involved in the delivery of cancer care at every level are encouraged to read, use, adopt and embed the Optimal Care Pathway into their practice.

To hear more about the importance of Optimal Care Pathway, click here to watch a video of Professor Tom Calma AO.

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