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Mr Trevor Watkins is a Wemba Wemba man, currently living in Northern NSW, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999. He ran a cancer support group until 2006 and continues to support his community by being a strong advocate for those diagnosed with cancer. He is passionate about improving information and knowledge about cancer, particularly regarding treatment and living well after treatment. He is a member of the Indigenous Cardio-oncology Consumer Advisory Group, convened by the First Nations Cancer and Wellbeing Research team at UQ, and has worked with this team across a number of cancer and wellbeing projects.

Dr Abbey Diaz is a Faculty of Medicine Research Fellow and epidemiologist in the First Nations Cancer and Wellbeing Research Team in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. She has worked in Indigenous health research for 12 years, with a focus on cancer and comorbidity for the past decade. She currently co-leads a National Heart Foundation Australian-funded project in cardio-oncology, the Pathways to Healthy Hearts after Cancer for All project.

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People diagnosed with cancer are at higher risk than the general population of developing cardiovascular disease. This is largely due to increased exposure to cardiovascular risk factors and cancer-treatment related cardiotoxicity. Information on the epidemiology and experiences of cardiovascular disease in Australians with cancer is limited, with a dearth of evidence specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to have pre-existing cardiovascular disease at the time of cancer diagnosis than non-Indigenous people and have higher rates of hypertension, diabetes and behavioural cardiovascular risk factors. Dr Abbey Diaz will describe the Pathways to Healthy Hearts after Cancer project which aims to provide evidence to inform optimal and equitable care models and service delivery for all Australians. Dr Diaz and Mr Trevor Watkins, a prostate cancer survivor and member of the Indigenous Cardio-oncology Project Advisory Group, will also discuss their project to co-design patient cardio-oncology information resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their healthcare professionals.


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