Peter MacCallum Cancer Service

Increasing the engagement of culturally diverse cancer patients

About the project

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) understands that people from culturally diverse backgrounds represent a large proportion of new cancer diagnoses in Victoria. These groups may encounter difficulty and discrimination while navigating unfamiliar services, and require additional support.

This project aimed to increase the engagement of culturally diverse consumers in the Peter Mac Wellbeing Program and build on existing relationships with consumers from Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, and Arabic backgrounds. The project featured Cultural Lead roles to create culturally relevant activities to improve patient wellbeing including art, performance and traditional food demonstrations.

“It’s great that this project is consumer driven. It responds to the identified need for culturally relevant wellbeing activities for cancer patients”

- Danny Vadasz, CEO Health Issues Centre

View a video feature of this project on the SBS News website here.

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