Bowel Screening and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
This webinar was held on Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
About the Webinar

This webinar aims to increase awareness of the barriers to screening and provide resources and strategies that primary health care clinicians can use to help encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to take part in the NBCSP.

Despite bowel cancer being the third most common cancer diagnosed among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, they are less likely to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) than non-Indigenous Australians. The lower uptake of screening tests by Indigenous Australians may contribute to bowel cancer being diagnosed at more advanced stages when treatment is less likely to be successful, and survival rates lower.
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About the presenters
Professor Gail Garvey leads the National Indigenous Bowel Screening Project, an Australian Government funded project to improve participation rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Gail is Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research. Gail is currently leading two large national grants including a National Centre of Research Excellence in Cancer and Indigenous People; and a Cancer Council NSW Strategic Research Partnership Grant, aimed at improving the outcomes in cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Gail has played an important role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer research nationally and internationally, and has been instrumental in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers and key stakeholders to identify and address cancer research priorities. Gail has an impressive record that spans many years in building capacity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, researchers, and health professionals.
 Dr Brad Murphy is a GP and Services Director Clinical/Medical at the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre in Bundaberg with an interest in chronic disease management.

Dr Murphy was recognised as Indigenous Doctor of the Year in 2016 by the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. A Kamilaroi man from north west NSW, he has a passion for Indigenous health care and actively seeks opportunities to participate in the promotion and enhancement of health care and social justice circumstances facing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
 Peggy Manton-Williams is currently the Team Leader for the Community & Allied Health Team at the Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care at Inala in Brisbane.

Peggy is a Kamilaroi Yinnar (woman) from Goondiwindi in Queensland. Peggy has worked in various positions within Queensland Health since the mid 1980s. She started her career as a nurse where she observed first-hand the racism in the hospital system and decided to focus on improving Indigenous health. Peggy then undertook a degree in Indigenous Primary Health Care and then postgraduate studies in Drug and Alcohol. Peggy worked for many years in health promotion and primary prevention.

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