We would like to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers that this video contains the voice and images of a person who has since passed away.
Elder, health worker and cancer patient.
Norm was very passionate about raising awareness around cancer. He had a very strong, positive message that he hoped to get back to his people: early detection and treatment means having hope and faith so you can see you children and grandchildren grow up.
Norm knew first-hand that the cancer journey is not just physical, it is highly emotional and spiritual; therefore we need more cultural safety in cancer care, and cultural safety means having Aboriginal faces caring for you. His legacy will ensure Aboriginal people have a place where it is safe to be sick, where it is okay to have cancer.
Norman Allan was a Health Worker at Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour and the Chair of Cancer Council NSW’s APOCC Research Project Aboriginal Advisory Group.
Sadly Norm Allan passed away from cancer in 2015. Norm’s family have asked that in accordance with Norm’s wishes, his name and image continue to be used to improve cancer outcomes for Aboriginal people.