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Australian Government Funding changing lives for women with Cervical Cancer in Grenada and Dominica
The Manager and President of the HCC recently returned from country visits to Grenada and Dominica where they were able to see first-hand how funds provided by the Australian Direct AID Program (managed by the HCC) are contributing to a coordinated multi-faceted community based response to cervical cancer.
In Grenada, prevention and advocacy are the focus of the Grenada Cancer Society's sub project which has already produced a radio jingle to be launched nationally in March. A documentary featuring survivors of cervical cancer is currently under development and will shed light on the journey of women diagnosed with the disease in that country. Dr Barrymore Mc Barnette, a local physician and president of the GCS noted that a recent cervical cancer study revealed that cervical cancer related mortality is on the rise and attributed this to late screening, delayed treatment and limited treatment options in the island.
In addition to the jingle and documentary, the GCS is working with NGO partners and the Ministry of Health to develop evidence informed awareness materials to combat cervical cancer myths and encourage pap testing among women in rural areas. While in Grenada, the HCC was pleased to meet with the GCS Executive Board; the Minister of Health, Honourable Dr Clarice Modeste; Ms. Shere-ann Noel of CC-6 Television; and NCD NGOs, Planned Parenthood, Grenada National Organisation of Women, Central Health Grenada, and the Grenada Diabetes Association.
In Dominica, the focus is on meeting some of the treatment needs of underserved women diagnosed with cervical cancer. The Dominica Cancer Society is working in partnership with the local hospital oncologist Dr Malaka to provide treatment vouchers for women with greatest need. The project is also highly collaborative with community partners and the Ministry of Health, supporting the development of educational materials and the training of outreach volunteers which will serve to expand the work of the DCS in this area. Tina Alexander of the Executive Board remarked that the 'side effects' of the project have been so positive - including strengthening the capacity of the DCS around cervical cancer, creating new partnerships, and building the operational capacity of the organisation with the purchase of much needed equipment. Vinna Royer, Ex-President and member noted that membership in the HCC has allowed the DCS to cultivate critical partnerships with CSOs across the Caribbean including the Cancer Institute of Guyana (also a sub-grantee on this project) where DCS has referred cervical cancer patients for treatment.
High Commissioner Ross Tysoe, AO also visited the Dominica Cancer Society during his visit to the Commonwealth of Dominica during February 2014. During his visit he was able to meet with the leadership team of the Dominica Cancer Society and discuss the impact of the ongoing collaboration as well as areas for future engagement.
For more information on the collaboration between the Australian High Commission HCC, and the HCC's work in the region, click here.
Consular Strategy 2014-16 - Invitation to comment
Australian Foreign Minister, The Hon Julie Bishop, issued a press release on 3 December 2013 inviting public input into the development of the Consular Strategy. Interested individuals are encouraged to contribute. Major issues for the Strategy are:
- How to encourage Australians to be more self-reliant when travelling;
- How to direct consular resources to individuals in greatest need;
- Whether to reduce consular services for some people or in certain circumstances;
- How to deliver the best services with the resources available.
The text of the Minister's release can be found at http://dfat.gov.au/dept/consular/invitation.html. An Issues Paper has been prepared to provide a snapshot of relevant policy and operational issues and help you to provide your comments. It also poses a series of questions on which we are particularly interested in your feedback. The Issues Paper and instructions on how to provide comment can be found here: http://dfat.gov.au/dept/consular/issues.html. We look forward to receiving your input.
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has been established to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s unrivalled 60 year contribution to the Commonwealth.
The Queen has served as Head of the Commonwealth for 60 years. During that time she has won the respect and admiration of many Australians for her outstanding life of public service. In 1954, just two years after she became Queen, she became the first reigning monarch ever to visit Australia. Since then, she has been a frequent visitor to our country. Her visit last year with Prince Phillip to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee marked her 16th journey down under.
More information or to be part of this project, click here.
Australian Volunteers for International Development
AusAID is working in partnership with Australian Volunteers International, Austraining International and Australian Red Cross in delivering the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.
Australian volunteers play a vital role in the fight against poverty. Volunteering overseas is one way that Australians can make a positive contribution to poverty reduction, sustainable development and cross-cultural understanding.
Australian volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and include men and women aged from 18 to over 80 years. Australian volunteers have varying professional backgrounds which enable them to work on a raft of activities including setting up medical clinics so that women can give birth safely, building stronger homes to withstand cyclones and helping children with disabilities to get to school. Volunteers enrich the communities they help.
The profile of the program has expanded into the Caribbean, as you can see here.
Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.
Media Releases from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.
Speeches from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs can be found here.
Speeches from the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment can be found here.