An ethnographic study of the meaning of cancer to Aboriginal Women

Research partner(s)
University of Queensland

The purpose of the study was to explore why Aboriginal women participate in cancer screening programs but appear reluctant to following-up results, or accept medical advice about treatment. The findings highlight the need for a culture-centred approach that decentres the authority of conventional services and instead gives prominence to Aboriginal cultural values as a focal point in cancer control. It should be the responsibility of cancer nurses and others to engage with their local Aboriginal communities to build relationships that foster an exchange of learning about cultural differences that make a difference to how cancer control is practiced.


The meaning of cancer for Australian Aboriginal women; changing the focus of cancer nursing
Journal article
Deborah Prior
European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Publication date
Cultural strengths and social needs of Aboriginal women with cancer: Take away the cancer but leave me whole.
Deborah Margaret Prior
The University of Queensland
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