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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.

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

Mobile screening services

Nina and Marjorie are BreastScreen Victoria’s state-of-the-art mobile breast screening services. The mobile screening services travel around the state to ensure rural and regional women have easy access to the service close to home.

Find out when the mobile screening service will be in your area and promote it within your community.

Aboriginal Co-operatives

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

To find out when the mobile screening service is visiting these sites next, call 13 20 50.

The Beautiful Shawl Project Infographic

View and download The Beautiful Shawl Project Infographic

The Screen #8 The Beautiful Shawl Project

In our podcast, The Screen, we go behind the scenes to bring you more information about our program, breast screening, and breast cancer. We speak with BreastScreen staff, radiographers, nurses, and other clinical experts, as well as the community, to bring you topical information so that you can make the right choice for your health.

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’.