Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Victorian Aboriginal women. But if caught early and treated, survival rates are much higher.

The number of Aboriginal women who have regular breast screens continues to rise each year. We want to increase screening rates even more, by making sure our services are accessible, culturally appropriate and welcoming to you.

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Group bookings

It may be hard to get to a breast screen if you live in a regional or remote community.  We can help by organising group bookings so that you can travel together and support each other.

In some cases, group transport assistance can be arranged. We can organise familiarisation visits as well. 

Contact us to arrange a group booking

Aboriginal Co-operatives

Our mobile screening service visits over 15 Aboriginal Co-operatives once every two years as part of the Beautiful Shawl Project. View the locations.

To find out when the mobile screening service is visiting these sites next, email us at communityengagement@breastscreen.org.au.

The Beautiful Shawl Implementation Model

Read the Beautiful Shawl Project Implementation model


The Aboriginal Shawl Project


BreastScreen Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) joined forces with eight Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) across the state to reduce barriers to breast screening through ‘The Beautiful Shawl Project’.