New role to investigate Aboriginal access to cancer care
A new position has been created to investigate ways of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre services.
Wiradjuri woman, Megan Clayton, has been appointed to the part-time position of Aboriginal Cancer Services Project Officer based at the cancer centre.
Her role will explore gaps and issues which inhibit Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people from accessing local cancer services, and reviewing the identification and supportive care assessment quality of service users.
The project will aim to improve health outcomes as set out in the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people with cancer.
This pathway has been developed with the aim of reducing disparities and improving outcomes and experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.
Ms Clayton has worked as an enrolled nurse in Albury and Wagga for the past 15 years, with her recent work involving chronic disease.
She is also undertaking part-time study to complete a Bachelor of Nursing through Charles Darwin University.
The Aboriginal Cancer Services Project Officer role has been made possible through the Strengthening Regional Cancer Centres initiative and collaboration with the Hume Region Integrated Cancer Service.