First Nations Peoples Resources – Cancer Mind Care

Acknowledgement of Country

The creators of Cancer Mind Care acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across this country. We recognise our continuing connection to country and kin despite the impact of colonisation. We pay respect to our ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging.

Artist: Lani Balzan is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Wiradjuri people of the three-river tribe.

This artwork represents the overlap between cancer and mental health needs with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The hands above and below represent the care and support that Cancer Mind Care provides.  The four images around the gathering symbol represent; people with cancer, support persons, clinicians and First Nations people. This artwork represents the overall importance of mental health support and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer.

Helpful resources and organisations

Here you can find helpful resources and organisations which can support your emotional wellbeing when you have cancer.

  • Our Mob and Cancer - Yarning with someone

    Filled with important information about cancer from trusted sources, it is impartial, non-commercial, evidence-based and respects culture and traditions.

  • MindSpot Indigenous Wellbeing Course

    This course can help you gain better control over your symptoms, and learn key skills to improve your confidence, and empower you to get back to living a full and satisfying life.

  • Head to Health - Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

    Head to Health helps all Australians access the mental health and wellbeing services that are right for them.

  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre - Aboriginal Yarning Circle

    A support group for Aboriginal patients to yarn with other community who understand what it means to be diagnosed with cancer.

  • Wellmob

    Social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

  • Yarning SafeNStrong

    A free and confidential counselling service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

  • eMHprac – A Brief Guide: Digital Mental Health Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Cancer Council NSW – Cancer stories from the community
  • Cancer Council NSW – Aboriginal cancer journeys booklet
  • BeyondBlue – Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc. (VACCHO)

Please note

We look forward to adding further content to the First Nations portal of Cancer Mind Care soon

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Screening tool references


Kessler, R.C., Barker, P.R., Colpe, L.J., Epstein, J.F., Gfroerer, J.C., Hiripi, E., Howes, M.J, Normand, S-L.T., Manderscheid, R.W., Walters, E.E., Zaslavsky, A.M. (2003). Screening for serious mental illness in the general population Archives of General Psychiatry. 60(2), 184-189.

Distress thermometer

Adapted from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Distress Thermometer. Available from:


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