Aboriginal women

Aboriginal women

Information on breast screening for Aboriginal women

Participation is generally lower for Aboriginal women than non-Aboriginal women. Statewide participation for Aboriginal women 40 years and over is 30%.

BreastScreen WA locations

BreastScreen WA has ten metropolitan clinics and four mobile breast screening services visiting about 100 rural towns every two years. The dates and location for each visit are publicised via local media, health and community contacts prior to the arrival of the service.

Book online or phone 13 20 50 for a FREE screening mammogram appointment (for the cost of a local call).

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If you would like to talk to about breast screening please phone the BreastScreen WA Aboriginal Program Officer on (08) 9323 6709 or your local Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS).

For country women please contact your local AMS or talk to your doctor.

Group bookings

BreastScreen WA understands long distances and access to appropriate transport can be obstacles for women living in remote areas. Group bookings and assistance with transport for groups of eligible women can be arranged to overcome these difficulties.

Group bookings are also available for those women who would prefer to attend as a group. For example, a group of women who speak a language other than English, women in clubs or associations or friends may find it more comfortable to book as a group. For more information phone 13 20 50 or country women phone toll-free on 1800 800 033.

Your feedback

BreastScreen WA aims to deliver an effective, friendly, professional service of high standard. We will treat you with respect, dignity and care and we acknowledge your cultural and individual needs. To help us do this we value your comments on the service you received at BreastScreen WA.

Aboriginal Women’s Reference Group

Facilitated by the Aboriginal Program Officer at BreastScreen WA, the Aboriginal Women’s Reference Group provides BreastScreen WA with direction and support from Aboriginal communities. BreastScreen WA invites each region in the state to nominate one representative. The group meets quarterly face-to-face or via teleconference.

For more information about the Aboriginal Women’s Reference Group, or to nominate as a representative, please contact the Aboriginal Program Officer on (08) 9323 6709.

Aboriginal Resources

BreastScreen WA Aboriginal logo

The logo used on BreastScreen WA Aboriginal resources was designed following Statewide consultation. Kerry Everett, an Aboriginal woman, designed the logo. The three generations of women stand together symbolising support of each other. The dots represent the women’s breasts behind an X-ray screen. The message aims to encourage Aboriginal women to have regular breast X-rays to beat breast cancer.

BreastScreen WA produces a range of free resources including an Aboriginal specific brochure to inform women about the importance of screening mammography. To order any of these resources, please complete the order form below. Because this material is continually reviewed and updated quantity limits are placed on individual orders. If you require more than the specified limit phone (08) 9323 6700.

Book online or phone 13 20 50

When making your appointment, please let us know if you

  1. have breast implants
  2. require an interpreter
  3. use a wheelchair.

These things may make your appointment a little longer.

If you need an interpreter, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) first on 13 14 50 and ask to be connected to the BreastScreen WA call centre on 13 20 50.

NOTE:

Wheelchair access is available at all BreastScreen WA services.

Appointments are available 7:30am-5:45pm on weekdays and 8:15-11:30am on Saturdays at most BreastScreen WA clinics.

BreastScreen WA has metropolitan, regional and mobile screening services located at:

Bunbury South West Health Campus
Corner of Bussell Highway and Robertson Drive

Cannington      Unit 15, Prime West Cannington,
                         1490 Albany Highway, Beckenham, 6107

Cockburn Cockburn Integrated Health and Community Facility,
                        Suite 4, Corner Beeliar Drive and Wentworth Parade, Success, 6164

David Jones Rose Clinic
Level 3, Perth City store, 6000  

Mandurah Level 1, 3/61 Sutton Street, Mandurah 6210

Midland 14/27 Old Great Northern Highway, Midland, 6056

Mirrabooka      29 Yirrigan Drive, Mirrabooka, 6061

Padbury           Hepburn Heights Shopping Centre,
 Unit 8/6 Blackwattle Parade, Padbury, 6025

Perth City        50 Murray Street, Perth, 6000

Rockingham    Unit 2, 12 Leghorn Street, Rockingham, 6168

Wanneroo       ECU Health Centre, L2
30 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo, 6065

Appointments are available 7:30am-5:45pm on weekdays and 8:15am-11:30am on Saturdays at most BreastScreen WA clinics.

Mobile breast screening services visit outer metropolitan areas and country towns every two years. Some towns are visited annually.

  • Please bring your Medicare card with you to your appointment.
  • Women whose breasts become tender before their periods find it more comfortable to have a mammogram during or just after a period.
  • If you’ve had a previous mammogram elsewhere, please bring these images with you.
  • Please don’t wear talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your appointment. It may show on the X-ray picture.
  • Please be aware you will be reading information and signing a consent form at the appointment.

Get to know your breasts and what is normal for you. Look in the mirror at your breasts and feel your breasts from time to time.

If you notice any unusual changes in your breasts such as lumps, nipple discharge, or persistent new breast pain, even if your last screening mammogram was normal, please see your GP promptly.

Ask your GP to check your breasts regularly.

Contact your GP or phone:

BreastScreen WA

13 20 50 for appointments

(08) 9323 6700 for information or

1800 800 033 toll-free for country women

National Relay Service

Last Updated: 14/11/2016