Cancer screening packs distributed to general practices across Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health is seeking help from healthcare providers to increase participation in the national cancer screening programs (bowel, breast and cervical).

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We know cancer screening saves lives, but only around 50% of Australians eligible for the national cancer screening programs – BreastScreen Australia, National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and National Cervical Screening Program – complete the tests.

Australians diagnosed through the national cancer screening programs are 59% less likely to die from bowel, 69% less likely to die from breast cancer and 87% less likely to die from cervical cancer compared to Australians diagnosed another way.

Research shows primary healthcare workers are key to motivating patients to participate in cancer screening.

From mid-June 2022, the department will begin distributing cancer screening packs to more than 8000 general practices across Australia. The packs will include:

Three A3 posters, one for each national cancer screening program, with reminder messaging. We ask practices to place these in waiting rooms and other places visible to patients to prompt a conversation with their health care provider about cancer screening.

Digital copies of the posters are available:

Demonstration samples of the bowel cancer screening home test kit and the cervical screening self-collection swab – these can be used to show patients how to do the tests.

Digital copies of the instructions are available:

Information on how to use the cancer screening tests and where to find educational resources on cancer screening.

More information on cancer screening and resources for healthcare providers can be found on the Guidance for patient screening page.

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