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National Consumer Engagement Strategy for Health and Wellbeing

Submissions are now open to give feedback on the draft National Consumer Engagement Strategy for Health and Wellbeing.

Heart Health

Heart Week is Australia’s national heart health awareness week held in the first week of May each year.

Moving new video case studies encourage women to breast screen

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in Australian women. To help encourage women to book a free breast screening mammogram BreastScreen Australia has released 4 new inspirational videos.

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Keep your spirit strong this holiday season

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but others may find it a challenging time for many different reasons. It is not uncommon for people to feel isolated, sad or anxious, so you’re not alone if you find yourself feeling down this Christmas.

Cervical Screening Communications Toolkit

We have developed a ‘Cervical Screening Communications Toolkit’- spread the message and help save lives.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program – education webinars

We are holding webinars in July and August 2022 to give healthcare providers the skills and knowledge to support patients participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Expansion of Australia's newborn bloodspot screening programs

We are working toward the expansion of Australia's newborn bloodspot screening programs. More details will be available soon.

Self-collection now available for cervical screening – Information for healthcare providers

From 1 July 2022, the National Cervical Screening Program will allow all eligible screeners to collect their own Cervical Screening Test sample.

Top 3 questions – Bowel cancer screening program and GP involvement with Professor Michael Kidd

This Bowel Cancer Awareness month hear from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd on the importance of completing your simple, free bowel cancer screening test.

Top 3 questions – Bowel Cancer Screening with Professor Michael Kidd

This Bowel Cancer Awareness month hear from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd on the importance of completing your simple, free bowel cancer screening test.

Processing of self-collection samples

Important information for healthcare providers and pathology laboratories regarding changes to the Cervical Screening Test from 1 July 2022.

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).

NRL legends help tackle bowel cancer

The Australian Government, Cancer Council, and the National Rugby League come together to encourage Australians to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Top 3 questions – Monkeypox

Dr Lucas De Toca, COVID-19 Primary Care Response First Assistant Secretary, talks about Monkeypox.

Top 3 questions – Chronic Conditions

Dr Lucas De Toca, COVID-19 Primary Care Response First Assistant Secretary, answers the Top Three questions across our channels.

Help stop the flu in 2022

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza and its complications. The influenza vaccine is recommended for all individuals aged 6 months and over.

Top 3 questions – Healthy lifestyle choices

Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, discusses making healthy choices, and the small steps we can take every day to enjoy a healthy life.

Celebrating World Kidney Day – are you taking care of your kidneys?

10 March is World Kidney Day, and all this week is Healthy Kidney Week. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd answers 3 important questions on how you can keep these vital organs healthy and happy.

Refreshed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan charts new way forward

Today, we released the refreshed National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2021-2031 in partnership between the Australian Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders.

The National Preventive Health Strategy 2021–2030

The Australian Government has launched the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021–2030, which will provide more balance to the health system by having a stronger focus on preventive health.

New digital resource on managing early breast cancer

Cancer Australia has launched a new, comprehensive digital resource – Guidance for the management of early breast cancer.

Self collection to increase choice within the National Cervical Screening Program

The Australian Government has announced that self-collection will be an option for all participants under the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) from 1 July 2022.
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