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The National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) is a national network that encourages and supports collaboration around Indigenous cancer research and delivery of services to Indigenous people with cancer including their carers and families.

NICaN is about making sure that what's known about cancer in Indigenous Australians is available for use by people with cancer, their families, practitioners, policy makers and researchers.

NICaN is a network and online resource for sharing evidence-based information and resources about cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We welcome your membership, questions and contributions.

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It has been set up as partnership between the Menzies School of Health Research, the DISCOVER-TT Centre of Research Excellence, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, the Lowitja Institute, Cancer Council Australia and Indigenous audiences, consumers, researchers and health professionals from a broad range of disciplines, service providers, private sector and government organisations.

NICaN membershp is free and open to all interested individuals, groups, and organisations. Members will have the opportunity to attend annual face to face network meetings via Indigenous Cancer Roundtables, participate in discussion forums through the Yarning place and be kept up to date through Twitter.

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About the artist

Coling Wightman

Colin Wightman comes from Toomelah Mission, a small Aboriginal community on the dry plains near the north western border of NSW. Toomelah is the Aboriginal word for people who move from place to place and it reflects very much the lifestyle Colin has chosen to live. Colin got into art at a young age, inspired by his younger brother; Colin states he picked up a paintbrush and has never looked back. Colin was told his dad painted too, but Colin never got to see him as he passed away when Colin was younger. Colin has been painting for over 18 years. Colin expresses he just loves to paint as it tells stories of his people the Goomeroi tribe. The Goomeroi tribe can be found in the far north west of NSW near the Queensland border. Colin states he creates Indigenous art because he loves it and because he is good at what he does and he has a lot of passion for painting. Colin tells us he paints what he sees and what he has been told by his Nan and other elders of the Goomeroi tribe. The colours in Colin's art depend on the location and what he is feeling at the time his paintings have a personal significance. Colin has been into visual arts for a long time and not only as an artist, but as a teacher at TAFE and also has created tattoo designs for parlors in Cairns.

About the artwork

Coming together artwork

This painting represents:

Coming Together

At certain times in our lives things happen that we can't control, like getting sick so we need things to make us better. In this painting you see the sun you see medicine leaves, bush fruit, fish and water and lots of colours - sometimes you need more than that you need family and friends it could be a place you like to go. I know when I used to talk to my aunty she made me feel better and I know talking to her made it better just by the way she spoke.