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.