Cancer screening

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. 

National cancer screening programs

The National Cancer Screening Register 2018 supports the national bowel cancer and cervical screening programs, and:

  • provides 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 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

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.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website has information for health professionals on bowel screening, including a GP information sheet.

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.

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. 

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.

Information and guidelines concerning screening of women under 25 can be found here.

Below is a lift of useful resources around cancer screening:

The following resources are a brief list of quality improvement activities for improving cancer screening: