Earlier this year we were fortunate to receive support from the Cancer Council Victoria and BreastScreen Victoria to develop educational materials aimed at raising awareness about breast and bowel cancer screening services. With this funding we were able to create material that is tailored specifically for English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.
In order to assess the effectiveness of this material, we asked various organisations to deliver this material to EAL students across northern metropolitan Melbourne. Participating organisations included Carringbush Adult Education, Melbourne Polytechnic and Darebin U3A.
We recently visited with the U3A English class ‘English for Fun!’ who had used our cancer screening program material in their weekly class. In conversation with students we were pleased to hear that this material had been successful in sparking valuable conversations about the importance of diagnostic tests/screening in detecting the early stages of cancer.
As one participant commented, “After studying the cancer screening material in class I’m now much more likely to make sure my family and friends know about the free services that are available.”
If you want to find out more about cancer screening services and Cancer Council Victoria, please visit cancervic.org.au or call 13 11 20.