Indigenous cultural competency training: a survey of oncology clinicians

Hanks, E. and Francis, J. and Elston, J. and Baratiny, G. (2008) Indigenous cultural competency training: a survey of oncology clinicians. In: 2008 Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and the International Association of Cancer Registries Joint Scientific Meeting, held in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association, 18–20 Nov 2008, Sydney, Australia.


Objective: Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in Indigenous women [1]. There are multiple factors contributing to a poor outlook for Indigenous women diagnosed with breast
cancer, including issues relating to lack of access to services and reduced compliance with treatment and follow up. Cultural competency in cancer service delivery could potentially improve practice and outcomes by addressing
the needs of Indigenous clients.

As limited research exists in the area of oncology clinicians’ attitudes towards cultural competency training in Australia, National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre undertook a survey to assess oncology clinicians’
perceptions about cultural competency and to identify training needs.

Methods: A self-completed online questionnaire was emailed to oncology clinicians across Australia from NBOCC’s contact database, and promoted to other oncology clinicians via their college or through our electronic newsletter. A follow up letter and email were sent to encourage

Results: Oncology clinicians reported on their communication with Indigenous women with breast cancer, their perception of patients’ satisfaction
with their level of cultural communication skills, and their attitudes and behaviors towards cultural competency training. The information from respondents provided some insight into the value they place on cultural
competency training, and their support for continuing education in this area. Oncology clinicians identified a number of preferences for the provision of
cultural competency training.

Conclusion: This survey identified some key issues in the interactions of oncology clinicians with Indigenous women with breast cancer, and their families. It also highlights a number of areas for future research around workforce and health service interventions. Such research could be in the
area of training and education, awareness-raising, development of indicators for cultural competency and resource development.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 04:24
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 06:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous cultural competency; training; oncology clinicians
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111204 Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis > 321104 Cancer therapy (excl. chemotherapy and radiation therapy)
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
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