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).
National Relay Service - A phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
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.
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.
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.
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.