Population-based screening framework

This framework sets out the principles of screening programs for cancer and chronic diseases. It informs decision makers about the key issues to consider when deciding whether to introduce a screening program.


Population-based screening framework

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This framework explains:

  • what population-based screening is 
  • why we screen for cancer or chronic diseases
  • how screening programs work
  • criteria that need to be met for screening programs in Australia
  • principles for setting up and managing screening programs in Australia.

It is based on the principles of early disease detection from the World Health Organization.

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