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We had:

Kerry Patford, McGrath Foundation Chief Clinacal and McGrath Breast Care Nurse, talking about Breast Cancer Awareness month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, just over 20,000 Aussies – both women and men – are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s more than 56 people every day who will require specialist care. But with COVID still causing temporary closures of some screening services and people being a little more apprehensive to venture out, it’s never been a better time to “get to know your pair”. The great news is, many breast cancers are self-detected and data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows more than two thirds of breast cancers in women aged 40 and over, are detected outside of the national screening program.

Delia Rickard, ACCC Deputy Chair, talking about how phone scams are ‘exploding’ and costing vulnerable Australians millions, new data shows. Phone-based scams are “exploding” and costing vulnerable Australians millions of dollars each year, according to new data from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. There has been a notable increase in Indigenous Australians reporting significant financial losses from phone scams in 2021. So far in 2021, Indigenous people have made 1,783 reports with losses of $2.2 million.

Ashley Gordon, Manager of NSW aboriginal safe gambling, talking about how Gambleaware Statewide Aboriginal Service provider appointed. The Office of Responsible Gambling has awarded a four-and-a-half-year contract worth $1.3 million to NSW Aboriginal Safe Gambling Services, to provide support for First Nation communities across the state to access culturally appropriate gambling harm support services. Ashley Gordon, said that he is looking forward to working with the 10 GambleAware Providers across the state to develop appropriate responses to the needs of Aboriginal communities within the region. “We will be partnering with GambleAware providers to educate Aboriginal people about safe gambling,” Mr Gordon said.

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