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Yurwan Bullan two-day women’s health screening


3rd August 2023

Yurwan Bullan 2The ‘Yurwan Bullan’ or ‘Strong Women’ project was launched in 2021, and is proudly supported by RDN Outreach. The program focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Screening, to overcome barriers to early detection of breast and cervical cancer in women aged 40-years-and-over in the Queanbeyan, Goulburn and Yass regions, as well as cervical screening, health promotion and education for the young population.

Grand Pacific Health, in partnership with Breast Screen Greater Southern, Support the Girls, Southern NSW Local Health District and Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Regional Health and Community Services, held three two-day women's health screening events in Moruya, Goulburn and Queanbeyan, supported by RDN. 

The events offered breast screenings, bra fittings and cultural activities including an art session with local Aboriginal artist Jodie Munday in Goulburn.  

As a result of the events:

  • 96 women were screened across Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Moruya.
  • Of these, 45 were Aboriginal women, 46 were first-time screeners and 36 were return screeners.
  • Participants reported the clinics were a resounding success with some women reporting it helped them to work through their fear or concerns around screening and are now happy to continue getting screened regularly. 

Furthermore, information from Breast Screen Greater Southern confirms that the breast screen participation rate in Goulburn is now higher amongst Aboriginal women (age 50-74) than for the general population of women in this age group.


Opportunities to apply for funding for health promotional and temporary activity

This project was supported using temporary Outreach program funds. RDN is currently inviting applications for funding to support one-off initiatives where activities can be delivered before 30th June 2024. For more information, contact the RDN Outreach team at outreach@nswrdn.com.au - or, complete and Expression of Interest Form here.

 


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