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Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities

Barriers

Understand some of the barriers this community faces to cancer screening.

In addition to the general barriers women may face to screening, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women may face unique barriers, including:

  • Shame, fear and embarrassment about screening and cancer.
  • Distrust of healthcare providers, mainstream providers and government services.
  • Lack of culturally sensitive and appropriate health services.
  • Lack of Indigenous and female healthcare providers.
  • Cultural perceptions around cancer.
  • Lack of access to health services.
  • Low knowledge of the importance and benefits of cancer screening.
  • Prioritisation of family needs before health.
  • Lack of Indigenous-specific, culturally-relevant educational resources e.g. speaking posters, as very few local Central Australian languages are written or read.