Cancer screening

One of the four national health priorities determined by the Australian government is to increase cancer screening rates.

Recent reports released from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlight the positive impact increased screening rates can have on reducing illness and death from cancer, however they also indicate there is still work to do to reduce the incidence even further.

COORDINARE will be working with the local community and health care providers to see what we can do together to improve cancer screening rates in South Eastern NSW.

Below are some links to useful resources related to cancer screening:

Prevention and early detection

The Cancer Institute of NSW website has resources for health professionals that provide information on prevention and screening, best practice for screening and referral and treatment. Further information on treatment and protocols can be found on the eviQ cancer treatments online site and links to professional development

National Screening Register

From late 2017 a new national register will support the National Bowel Cancer Screening Project and the renewed National Cervical Screening Project. It's functions include:

  • provide a single service that will collect, analyse and report screening data in a nationally consistent manner and inform timely decision making
  • facilitate invitations for screening and mailing of test kits
  • allow participants to access their screening records

The Register will be underpinned by legislation that will ensure protection of invitees’ and participants’ personal information. For further details about the register, click here.

Breastscreening guidelines and information, resources and professional development for health professionals.

The below video provides a guide to women from Arabic-speaking/ Mandarin-speaking communities on the importance of breast screening. Breast screening is an important routine health check for women aged 50--74. Regular screening mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early; before any symptoms are noticed, and when treatment is likely to be most successful.

Bowel cancer resources include key knowledge points on screening and adjuvant treatment and a GP factsheet on screening. For patient resources and campaigns see Bowel Cancer Australia.

The Cancer Institute New South Wales has information and resources for health professionals about cervical cancer screening and the pap test register

The NSW Pap Test Register is offering a new electronic reminder service to all eligible general practices across NSW, who currently use the Healthlink secure messaging application, and their Best Practice or Medical Director practice management software.

The electronic reminder message is generated for women who are overdue for the two-yearly pap test. Find out more >

The Register can be contacted by email at, or by calling 1800 671 693.

Information about changes to the Cervical Screening Program due in 2017 is available here. Frequently Asked Questions on how to manage the interim arrangements are addressed hereGuidelines have also been made available to educate health professionals and enable them to prepare for the transition to the renewed National Cervical Screening Program in December 2017. They are for reference purposes only until the renewed program is implemented.

Information including professional development and talking to patients about results can be found on the cervical screening program website. Useful printable patient information covering all the changes is also available on the Family Planning NSW website.

Watch the Department of Health's useful video on the National Cervical Screening Program here. The video below provides a guide to women from Arabic-speaking/Mandarin-speaking communities on the importance of cervical screening. Regular screening can help prevent cervical cancer, and is an important routine health check, providing women with peace of mind.

Other useful resources include:

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