A key focus for COORDINARE is to increase cancer screening rates across a range of demographics; from older people, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
To achieve this, we are working with local community and health care providers to implement prevention strategies, promote awareness for cancer screening initiatives and enhance access to services. Read our Prevention initiatives statement for more information.
The National Cancer Screening Register 2018 supports the national bowel cancer and cervical screening programs, and:
The Register is underpinned by legislation that will ensure protection of invitees’ and participants’ personal information. An update on progress with implementing new functions can be found here. For details about accessing the register, searching for forms, or to access the Quick Start Guide for Healthcare Providers, click here. BreastScreen Australia is the national breast cancer screening program, click here for more information.
HealthPathways provides a detailed guide to cancer screening, assessment, management and local referral options. Visit the Illawarra Shoalhaven or ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways sites for information relevant to your region.
Breast screening interval guidelines and information, online modules and other professional development resources for health professionals are available on the BreastScreen NSW and the Cancer Australia websites.
GPs can request details of all their patients who have screened with BreastScreen NSW over the past 24 months, and who have given consent for their results to be shared with their GP. Download the GP request form here.
Visit the Cancer Council Australia website to view the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer.
The National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot promotes screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and provides training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. Resources and an online module are available for health workers here. Organisations wishing to find out more can contact Waminda, South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation on (02) 4421 7400.
Cancer Council Australia has an online toolkit to make it easier for GPs and other health professionals to support their patients to screen. Tailored resources are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culturally and linguistically diverse people, including resources 'In your language'.
The National Cervical Cancer Screening Program website has comprehensive information for health professionals including evidence, pathology, the new screening pathway and MBS items. The resource library contains information packs, quick reference guides and other materials which can be downloaded or ordered as hard copies.
An FAQ document for health professionals, covering the most frequently asked questions about cervical screening, is available here.
The Department of Health advises that clinicians should check with their pathology provider that they are accredited to offer patient self-screening. The RACGP website has a series of videos addressing common questions that GPs receive.
Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding can be accessed here.
Below is a list of useful resources around cancer screening:
EviQ GP Factsheets
The following resources are a brief list of quality improvement activities for improving cancer screening:
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