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Free skin checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities a first for Gippsland

In the first initiative of its kind in Gippsland, members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities underwent free skin checks when a mobile skin check clinic visited five Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

The organisations described the initiative as an overwhelming success with 154 community members seen in the first round of checks and 55 in the second round with some needing follow-up treatment.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations had suggested the initiative and facilitated the appointments, even organising transport for those people who needed it.

“Cancer screening saves lives and it helps to keep our communities strong, safe and healthy,” Ms Proposch said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians have a five-year survival rate of 59 per cent after being diagnosed with melanoma compared to 71 per cent for other Victorians. An earlier diagnosis means a greater ability to treat and a chance of survival.”

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