NBCF has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) as a means to address how we can positively impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Currently in Australia, women in our Indigenous Communities are less likely to participate in screening activities. Unfortunately, their mortality rates are also 1.2 times higher than non-Indigenous Australians. Despite the five-year survival rate for breast cancer across Australia being at an all-time high of 91%, the survival rate for Indigenous Australians is at a much lower rate of 81%.
NBCF’s mission is to achieve Zero Deaths from breast cancer. To achieve our mission we have to ensure all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, have equal health opportunities and outcomes.
Since our inception in 1994, we have funded 20 research projects in indigenous health, amounting to $9 million. These projects focus on improving early detection, treatments and quality of life for Indigenous Australians impacted by breast cancer. We continue to fund research projects in this area to improve outcomes for those affected.
This RAP is a sign of our commitment to ensuring NBCF is an organisation that recognises, honours and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. By working towards better health opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous Australians through breast cancer research, and promoting a more inclusive and diverse workforce, we look forward to watching our vision come to life.