Researchers at Western Sydney University are seeking participants for a study that is delivering a culturally safe community-led supportive care program to women from an Arabic background who have had cancer starting Friday 19 April 2024, at Western Sydney University, Bankstown.

Researchers at the NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University have developed a culturally adapted supportive care program to empower women who have had cancer to make informed choices about their health and accessing services to improve their quality of life.

In Australia, 1 in 2 men and women will develop cancer by the age of 85. This important supportive care program has been developed due to the alarming challenges that cancer survivors face. This includes physical, psychological, and financial challenges as a result of cancer and its treatment.

For women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, these challenges are intensified as they express substantial unmet supportive needs and barriers to accessing information to manage ongoing symptoms from cancer treatment and staying well.

The free program offered by Western Sydney University will be delivered by bilingual healthcare professionals and involves yoga, mindfulness, education in psychology, exercise, nutrition, traditional medicine, and social services.

The next program starts on Friday 19 April 2024 for 6 weeks at Western Sydney University, Bankstown campus.

You can join if you are over 18 and:

  • Are from an Arabic background.
  • Have been diagnosed with cancer in the last 5 years.
  • Have completed cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
  • Can attend 6 weekly sessions at Bankstown.

The findings from this study will help to continue to develop an effective program to support women who are exiting the hospital and transitioning into community-based care.

For more information, please email Dr Ghufran Alhassani at or scan the QR code.

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