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Information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. We are taking advice from our clinical expert advisory groups on how best to manage each program as the pandemic continues.

Find out what it means for you as a:

participant     health professional

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Get all your questions answered

Call the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701 to:

  • find out when you'll receive your free bowel cancer screening test in the mail
  • update your contact details
  • opt out or delay
  • ask for a replacement kit.

You can call Monday to Friday between 8 am and 6 pm, except national public holidays.

Bowel Screening Test Kit Helpline

Contact the Test Kit Helpline for help doing the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test. They will talk you through it, step by step.

Your stories

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Joan’s story – I do everything right and I still had bowel cancer

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Ernest’s story – Gugu mugu do, just do it

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Sharon’s story – Don’t make it too late

Review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Submissions to the Review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program closed on 8 January 2021. The review is due to be completed in mid-2021. Key findings and recommendations will be provided to the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt and are expected to inform the future strategic direction of the program.

More information about the Review can be found on our Consultation Hub.

Related initiatives and programs

National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot

This pilot program encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to do the bowel screening test. It provided resources for families and communities, and primary health care professionals participating in the pilot program. We're working on a new way to distribute kits based on the results.

BreastScreen Australia Program

The BreastScreen Australia Program aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer by detecting the disease early. Women aged 50 to 74 years of age are invited to have a free screening mammogram every 2 years.

National Cervical Screening Program

The National Cervical Screening Program reduces illness and death from cervical cancer. Women aged 25 to 74 years of age are invited to have a cervical screening test every 5 years.